The Kentucky Derby is coming up. Now, I'm not a horse racing fan, but we always seem to watch the derby. I find the Derby more of an excuse to eat and drink with friends! There is nothing better than sipping a Mint Julep and eating some Kentucky Hot Browns. I have several variations of the original on the blog, but this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese might be my favorite. Pasta loaded with turkey and bacon and tossed in a Gruyere cheese sauce. O-M-G! SO decadent!
For this recipe I used some really thick sliced turkey deli meat. I wanted to have nice bites of turkey throughout the mac and cheese. I used Gruyere cheese in the cheese sauce. Gruyere can be expensive, so feel free to substitute Swiss cheese if you don't want to splurge on the Gruyere. I think it is totally worth the splurge!
We topped this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese with some fresh diced tomatoes. This has all the flavors of a hot brown but tossed with pasta. We loved this dish! I cannot wait to make it again for the Derby!