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Kentucky is famous for a number of things you’ve probably heard of. Horses and horse racing, the Louisville Slugger, Kentucky Bluegrass. But you may or may not be familiar with one of Louisville’s most famous offerings: the Hot Brown.
It’s an open-faced turkey sandwich with sliced tomatoes, Mornay sauce and some other tastiness. The flavors go together really nicely and I was trying to think of other ways to pair them together. And I came up with this Hot Brown-inspired Hot Dog recipe for you all.
Hot Brown-Inspired Hot Dogs
- Hot dogs
- Hot dog buns
- Fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1½ T butter
- 1½ T flour
- 1½ cups milk
- ⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup freshly grated Gruyere cheese
- ¼ tsp. salt
- pepper to taste
- Make the Mornay sauce:
- In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour.
- Cook for two minutes over medium-low.
- Whisk in milk. Cook additional 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly.
- Remove from heat; add cheese, whisking until smooth.
- Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper and whisk.
- Pour sauce into a small squeeze bottle. Set aside.
- Dice fresh tomatoes. Set aside.
- Grill hot dogs to your personal preference.
- Place hot dog in bun and squeeze sauce over hot dog. Top with diced tomatoes and drizzle with small amount of additional sauce.
For my Hot Brown Hot Dog recipe I picked up some Hebrew National beef franks at my local Kroger. Throughout the summer you can save up to $2 on Hebrew National so they were an easy choice for my hot dog recipe. (Please note, though, that the combination of franks and these toppings may not be Kosher).
For cookouts and BBQs this summer, I’ll probably set up a little hot dog station for my guests. I’ll set out the franks and buns, plus a dish of the diced tomatoes and a squeeze bottle of the Mornay sauce. Then they can add as much or as little of each ingredients as they’d like. I may even set out some nutmeg they can grate a bit of on top of their hot dogs if they’d like to draw that flavor out a little more.
Be sure to pin my Hot Brown Hot Dog recipe and then head over and check out the other great hot dog recipes from some of my blogger friends!