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Hot Browns

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 8
Hot Browns
1

Fry the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool, then break each strip in half. Set aside. Heat the broiler.

2

Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir until smooth and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk and half-and-half while continuing to whisk. Add the garlic and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook until quite thick, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the garlic. Stir in the Cheddar until melted. Season with salt, cayenne and pepper to taste.

3

Arrange the bread on a flameproof baking sheet and toast under the broiler until just barely browned. Remove from the oven and flip each slice over. Place each in a gratin dish or other flameproof serving dish. Layer 1 slice turkey and ham on each slice of bread. Spoon cheese sauce lavishly over. Sprinkle each liberally with Parmigiano.

4

Run under the broiler until the cheese sauce is bubbly and the Parmigiano is browned. Remove from the broiler and crisscross 2 pieces of bacon on each. Arrange tomato wedges alongside and serve at once, with knife and fork.


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