To prepare sauce, in a large skillet combine 3 tbsp canola oil & flour little by little & mix to create a roux. Stir in flour to absorb the oil. Slowly whisk in the milk, & add Parmesan cheese & cheddar cheese. Stir in the egg to thicken the sauce, but do not allow to boil. Season with pepper, paprika, & Old Bay seasoning & remove from heat.
In a separate skillet, heat 2 tbsp canola oil. Saute mushrooms in the oil until soft.
In the same skillet, saute the asparagus.
Preheat the oven broiler. For each serving, put 2 slices of toast on a broiler-safe dish. Cover toast with layer of slices of turkey/pork roast & mushrooms. Smother each serving with sauce.
Place dish in broiler until the top of the sauce in speckled brown & bubbly. Remove from broiler, add tomatoes, & cross cross 4 stalks of asparagus (per serving) over top, & serve.
For each serving, slice up half an avocado & add as garnish.
Chef’s Note: The Kentucky Hot Brown retains a special place in my heart, as I was born in Kentucky. Of course, I had to add in more of a California flavor (and a dash of my Maryland side too) to make it healthier.
Also called Tinga Poblana de Pollo y Papas
Submitted by Americo
2 lbs. chicken thighs (with skin & bone)
6 c. water
1 large white onion, quartered
2 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
14 oz. whole tomatoes in juice (1 can)
4 tsp Chipotle chilies in adobo (chopped, canned)
1 tsp dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ oz. dried Spanish chorizo, finely chopped (1 link)
1 lb. boiling potatoes
2 oz. queso fresco, crumbled (½ c.)
Bring chicken, water, 2 onion quarters, & 1 tsp salt to a boil, covered, in a 4-5 qt. pot over moderately high heat. Boil 10 minutes, then remove from heat & let stand, covered, until chicken is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, reserving broth with onion. When cool enough to handle, coarsely shred chicken, discarding skin & bones.
While chicken is cooking, heat a dry well-seasoned small cast iron skillet over moderate heat until hot, then brown garlic & remaining 2 onion quarters on all sides, turning with tongs, about 5 minutes. Peel garlic & transfer with onion to a blender. Add tomatoes with juice, chilies, & oregano, then puree until smooth.
Cook chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage) in oil in a 12″ heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring, until fat is rendered, about 2 minutes. Carefully add puree (it will splatter & steam) & cook, stirring frequently, until thick, about 10 minutes.
Peel potatoes & cut into ¾” pieces, then add to reserved broth with remaining salt. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes & onions to chorizo mixture along with 2 cups broth. Stir in chicken & simmer 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese. Garnish with avocado slices & warm corn tortillas, if desired.
Chef’s Note: Ricotta salata or farmer cheese can be substituted for queso fresco. The remainder of the chicken broth not used can be saved for later use.