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Oct 31, 2010 11:16 AM

Turkey Cheshire?

Several years ago, my husband and I had lunch at Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria and I had this fantastic dish that I'm 99% sure was called "Turkey Cheshire." It was in a crock, had roast turkey, ham, and some sort of rarebit-like sauce, then baked. It was fantastic. The fine folks at Gadsby's were kind enough to look thru their recipe archives and came up with no such recipe. I'm stumped. My husband remembers it too. Recipe searches online have come up with nothing. Does anyone know about something like this? I've tried to emulate the dish and it always comes out so so.

Gadsby's Tavern
138 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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  1. Amazingly I saw this sandwhich on that sandwhich show that is on PBS from time to time. It is called a Kentucky Hot Brown, if you do a web search on that name, you'll see recipes that are pretty much what you had at Gadsby's.

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    1. re: Milocat1

      A Hot Brown is usually made w/ bacon rather than ham, built on bread and not usually made in a crock, but yeah, what you had at Gadsby's basically sounds like a Hot Brown. They're pretty easy to make; the only real "cooking" part is the sauce, which is just a mornay (bechamel + cheese), so if you're trying at home and it's not wowing you, the sauce is probably what needs tweaking. (The original Hot Brown, created at the Brown Hotel in the 1920s in my hometown of Louisville, was reportedly just a rarebit + turkey; bacon has been part of the recipe for 70+ years now, though, and some folks also add pimentos, ham, and/or avocado.)

    2. Thanks to both of you. Looked up a couple recipes for Hot Brown and it sounds spot on. SO simple, but it's frustrated me that my home attempts haven't quite had the wow factor I'm remembering. Looking forward to perfecting this one!