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A lazy gal's guide to making hot browns for your Derby gathering

We're all just trying to get through 2020, so here's a quick hot brown recipe and some at-home horse crafts for the first Saturday in September

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As a born and raised Louisvillian, I've had my fair share of hot browns — some amazing, some soggy and some plain trash.

I'm going to save you from making the latter with this quick-n-lazy guide to making some above-average hot browns for you to eat either by yourself or with the people you live with during this bizarre Kentucky Derby.   

Credit: Jessie Cohen

First up, the recipe says use a small saucepan to simmer milk, but all my cookware was in the dishwasher because I don't plan ahead, so I used a medium-sized pot.

I then used a large pot (because a medium saucepan was also in the dishwasher) to melt butter. Next, add flour and whisk it. About a minute later, include hot milk and let it boil.

Credit: Jessie Cohen

Let it get thick with three C's and then bring it off heat. Add an entire bag of white cheddar and some Parmesan and keep the whisking going. Then, add some nutmeg and my secret ingredient (that isn't a secret anymore), sriracha sauce.

While all this saucing was happening, the oven was preheating to 425 degrees. You're supposed to cook your bacon in the oven for 30 minutes, but my bacon went in the microwave.

I did, though, slice up my tomatoes. Throw them on a baking sheet, add oil and a ton of salt with minimal pepper and put them in the oven for about 4 minutes. 

While doing that, put the bread on another baking sheet and add butter to each slice. Take the tomatoes out and put the bread in. Then after a few minutes, flip your bread. Let them get a few more minutes, then pull the sheet out, add the tomatoes and some turkey and put them back in there for a few minutes.

Credit: Jessie Cohen

Take them out, add a little of that sauce you made (or a lot of that sauce you made) then put the sandwiches on plates and garnish with the best garnishes to ever exist: bacon and chives. 

If you made too many sandwiches for you and your young child who does not care that you made dinner from scratch, go ahead and text your neighbors and deliver WITH A MASK to make their day. 

Here's a link to the recipe I used as a base and adapted for my own laziness.

Credit: Jessie Cohen

The Kentucky Derby Museum put together several different crafts for at home Derby fun, and also shared their own not-lazy recipe for hot brown sliders.

To make these adorable horse puppets, you can click here.

Credit: Kentucky Derby Museum

OR if you'd like a tutorial on how to make your own Derby hat or fascinator at home, you can click here.

Credit: Kentucky Derby Museum

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