Hot Brown Derby Dip
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My husbands favorite day of the year is Derby Day. 

Ok, maybe just one of his favorites.  

Every year he gets amped to throw our annual derby party. Our friends and family come dressed up and we serve some traditional food and drink and everyone has a great time.  

I usually make an assortment of mini sandwiches, dips, and we make some southern style barbeque. One of those sandwiches I usually make is a Hot Brown. Traditional Hot Browns are made with a cheese/mornay sauce, Parmesan cheese, chopped turkey, bacon (I use turkey bacon), and tomatoes.  I usually serve them on mini snowflake rolls.   

But This year I’m trying something a bit different. This year I’m making my take on a Hot Brown dip.

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The result is a gooey and flavorful dip with all the  components of a Hot Brown.

The Shopping List

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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped turkey breast
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes, or other small tomatoes. I love the Gourmet Medley Wild Wonders. 

Method

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In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flower. Whisk these two until the flour and butter become a light golden brown color. At this point, slowly add in your milk and whisk at the same time to ensure that the sauce has no lumps.  add in your salt, pepper, and paprika, and your cheeses.

Remove from the heat and add in your turkey, tomatoes, and bacon. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray and pour the sauce in. Top with some extra bacon, cheese, and tomatoes. Bake in a preheated  350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese starts bubbling and gets to be a golden color.   

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Serve with fresh vegetables, crackers,  sliced French baguette, or because a Derby day is also Cinco de Mayo this year, tortilla chips, and go get ready for the races!