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The Hot Brown is a turkey, bacon and cheese sandwich bathed in a cheesy sauce that's about as irresistible as any sandwich we've come across. (It's best eaten with a fork.) It was originally created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Chef Fred K. Schmidt came up with the sandwich to feed late-night revelers at the hotel.

As we gear up for the Kentucky Derby this week, we will be sharing authentic snacks and tipples to celebrate the day in proper Derby style. So the Kentucky Hot Brown was the obvious choice for our sandwich of the week.

The Hot Brown is a turkey, bacon and cheese sandwich bathed in a cheesy sauce that's about as irresistible as any sandwich we've come across. (It's best eaten with a fork.) It was originally created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Chef Fred K. Schmidt came up with the sandwich to feed late-night revelers at the hotel, which was a hotspot for live music and dancing in the 1920s. When the musicians took a break at midnight, the crowds would flock to the restaurant for sustenance to keep them going for the rest of the night.

It is still a signature dish at the hotel, but has come to represent Louisville and the Derby as well. Celeb chef and racehorse owner Bobby Flay shared his version of a Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich recipe with Food Republic. His update is to use french toast in place of plain white bread. Flay serves this at Bar Americain in NYC, and he recommends that others serve it at Derby parties everywhere.