Kentucky Hot Brown Dip Inspired Grazing Board

by Tonya Staab
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This Kentucky Hot Brown dip is inspired by the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown. Make it part of a grazing board that your guests will love.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kraft Heinz.

If you’ve been to Kentucky, then chances are you’ve tried a Kentucky Hot Brown. Also known as the Louisville Hot Brown, this dish was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville in 1926.

For those who have never tried the Hot Brown, it is a baked open-faced sandwich with turkey breast, bacon, and Roma tomatoes, with a creamy Mornay sauce. There have been variations of this dish over the years that include different cheeses and garnishes. The original recipe though can be found on The Brown Hotel’s website.

The holidays this year are going to be different than those of years past. Being close to family and friends in celebration and thanks has never been more important. 

So, we decided to make our own variation of this local dish for the holidays that transforms the Kentucky Hot Brown into a delicious dip. We added it to a charcuterie board and surrounded it with some of the delicious toppings used over the years such as pimentos, tomatoes, mushrooms, and Texas toast for dipping.

Kentucky Hot Brown dip on a holiday charcuterie board with tomatoes, crackers, Texas Toast squares, fruit, and pistacchios.
Kentucky hot brown dip on a holiday grazing board.

How to make a Kentucky Hot Brown dip

Whether you make this dip for holiday entertaining, a Friendsgiving party, Christmas with family, or are looking for a way to use up leftover turkey, then this dish is perfect!


Ingredients laid out on a counter for making a Kentucky Hot Brown dip.
Ingredients to make a Kentucky Hot Brown dip.

You can find the full ingredients list in the recipe card below. I started with some delicious Kraft Heinz® products from Walmart including:

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Begin by cooking your turkey breast (if you aren’t using leftovers) and cooking the bacon. Set them aside to cool, and then chop your ingredients into pieces perfect for dipping.

chopped turkey breast, sliced tomatoes, and cooked bacon for a dip

Combine all of your dip ingredients (setting aside some of the cheese and bacon) into a bowl.

ingredients in a bowl to make a Kentucky Hot Brown dip

Lightly spray a casserole dish, pour your dip ingredients in, and then top with remaining cheese and bacon. Bake in a 375F preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Kentucky Hot Brown dip in a white casserole dish ready to go into the oven.

While your dip is baking, prepare your grazing board items so that you can serve your dip still warm.

Here are a few ideas of foods to include on your grazing board.

  • Texas Toast
  • mushrooms
  • snow peas
  • tomatoes
  • crackers
  • dried fruit
  • grapes
  • green bean chips
  • pimentos
  • pretzel mix
  • nuts
Figs, tomatoes, pistacchios, mushrooms, pimentos, and dip on a charcuterie board for the holidays.

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A holiday charcuterie board with Kentucky Hot Brown dip, Texas Toast squares, and fresh produce.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Inspired Holiday Grazing Board

Serves: 36 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 4 voted )


  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¾  cup BREAKSTONE’S Sour Cream
  • ¾ cup KRAFT Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese, plus 2 tablespoons extra
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Pinch of nutmeg 
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 ½ cups cooked turkey breast, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus ½ tablespoon extra for garnish
  • 6 slices OSCAR MAYER Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon, cooked and finely chopped; divided in half


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  2. Mix cream cheese and sour cream together in a medium-size bowl until smooth.
  3. Fold in the ¾ cup cheese, paprika, nutmeg, pepper, turkey, tomatoes, 1 ½ tablespoons of parsley, and half of the bacon.
  4. Lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish and spread the dip mixture into it.
  5. Top with remaining shredded cheese and bacon.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Top with fresh parsley and serve on a charcuterie board with Texas Toast, mushrooms, snow peas, tomatoes, crackers, dried fruit, grapes, green bean chips, pimentos, pretzel mix, and nuts.

Recipe: by Tonya Staab

Serves 36, 2 tablespoon servings.

Looking for more grazing board ideas? Try these:

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