Kentucky Hot Brown

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      • 8 oz weighed unsalted butter
      • 8 oz weighed all-purpose flour
      • 1 1/2 cups milk
      • a pinch of paprika
      • 1 pack of American cheese
      • 4 slices of homemade-type white bread, toasted lightly
      • 1 pack sliced turkey
      • 1 pack sliced ham
      • 4 thin slices of tomato
      • 8 slices of cooked bacon
      • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan

In a small saucepan cook the onion in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until it is softened, stir in the flour, and cook the roux, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the milk, scalded, in a stream, whisking vigorously until the mixture is thick and smooth. Add the salt and pepper to taste and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is thickened to the desired consistency. Strain the sauce through the fine sieve into a bowl and add the cheese, stirring until the mixture is smooth.

Arrange the toasts in a baking pan and divide the turkey and ham among them. Top each sandwich with a tomato slice and 2 slices of the bacon and spoon the sauce evenly over the sandwiches. Sprinkle the sandwiches with the Parmesan and broil them under a preheated broiler about 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the tops are brown and bubbly.

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