Derby Day Hot Brown Sliders

April 20, 2023thetipsyhousewife
derby day hot brown sliders

Derby Day Hot Brown Sliders

I have never been to Kentucky or the Kentucky Derby, nor am I am expert on AUTHENTIC Hot Brown Sandwiches. What I do know, is that Hot Browns are a traditional open faced sandwich made with mornay sauce. My Derby Day Hot Brown Sliders are an easier, more accessible version of these classic sandwiches that are perfect for parties. Make these with deli turkey, a jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce, bacon and sun dried tomatoes. They bake up quickly, and they are a real crowd pleaser, not just for derby day.

The Ingredients

The ingredients I use for this recipe are pictured above. I tried to simplify this recipe as best I could so that everyone and anyone can make these. No matter where you live or shop, you should be able to make this recipe based on ingredients you have access to. While my ingredients are not all traditional to a classic hot brown, they do have similar flavor profiles and less steps to making one from scratch.

Alfredo Sauce

Hot browns are made with a mornay sauce which is a creamy white sauce made with cheese. While a mornay sauce is fairly easy to make, this recipe uses a jar of Alfredo sauce which adds the same creamy, cheesy texture. My favorite jarred Alfredo Sauce is Rao’s brand which I see in all stores everywhere in the country. While this sauce is a little more pricey than most, to me, it is worth the splurge. But any old Alfredo sauce will do.

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Hot browns are made with tomatoes or pimientos. I prefer the salty sun dried tomatoes for my recipe. I didn’t want to buy a whole jar so I just purchased a small amount from the olive bar at my local grocery store. These add a delicious tangy, salty flavor to these sliders.

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Yield: 12 sliders

Derby Day Hot Brown Sliders

derby day hot brown sliders

These Derby Snacks will be the hit of your party. Classic Hot Browns are a Kentucky Derby tradition. This version takes the best of the classic hot brown and makes it easy to feed a crowd. Simple steps and delicious ingredients like bacon, creamy cheese and roasted turkey.


  • 1/2 pound of smoked oven roasted deli turkey slices
  • 6 to 8 slices of a creamy, melty cheese, I used gouda
  • 1 package of 12 dinner rolls
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled bacon
  • 1/3 cup of chopped, sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup of prepared Alfredo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley
  • sprinkle of black better, garlic and onion powders
  • sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning


  1. The 12 dinner rolls are typically in a single sheet, remove from package and cut through the rolls to remove the lids, while keeping the bottom of the rolls connected. Place the bottom of the rolls in a 9 x 13 casserole dish that is sprayed with non stick spray or oil.
  2. Add half the Alfredo sauce to the buns and spread with a spoon so that each roll is covered. I use the Rao's brand Alfredo sauce in the jar. Add half the slices of cheese.
  3. Layer the smoked or oven roasted turkey on top of the rolls and Alfredo sauce.
  4. Add the remainder of the Alfredo Sauce on top of the turkey slices and spread with a spoon, then sprinkle the bacon and sun dried tomatoes evenly across. Add the rest of the cheese to the top.
  5. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan with the brown sugar, parsley, black pepper, onion and garlic butter. Heat on low until the brown sugar is melted.
  6. Top the rolls with the "lids" of the buns. Pour the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls, use a pastry brush to brush the mixture all over the buns and in the crevices.
  7. Cover with a single piece of foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Please remember every oven bakes differently so you may want to check this half way through to make sure it is not getting over baked. You want the sauce warmed and bubbly and the cheese melted. After the 25 minutes, uncover, sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning and bakes 7 to 10 minutes more until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Pull from oven and let rest 5 minutes or so before cutting into sliders.
  9. I serve with the remaining Alfredo sauce warm on the side, for dipping.

*again, all ovens bake differently so keep your eye on these the first time you make these so you know the timing for your specific oven. All the ingredients are fully cooked, so you just want this warmed through and melty.

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