Hopefully your Derby party drinking plans are in order at this point. But that still leaves the little matter of what to feed people. To solve this problem for you, we went three miles down the road from Churchill Downs to track down Kentucky’s ultimate comfort food.
The Hot Brown—an open-faced turkey sandwich doused in Mornay sauce and topped with bacon—is an almost century-old Kentucky tradition, invented at the Brown Hotel. It’s the sort of dish that can take a hangover and smother it in Texas toast and cheese. One thing the Hot Brown is not, though, is party-friendly. All the things that make it delicious make it a very messy knife-and-fork-required endeavor. Fortunately, the Brown reimagined the original sandwich in a few easier-to-handle ways that you can snack on with a julep in your hand: a mini version, a muffin version and a quiche version (perfect for a post-Derby party brunch the next day).
Hand your guests one of these when they walk in. You can thank us later.