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Kentucky Derby Sliders

1 12-count package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, sliced in half

1 lb. turkey breast, thinly sliced and divided

12 slices white sharp cheddar cheese

8 slices bacon, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces and cooked until crisp

12 tomatoes slices, about 1/4-inch thick (I use Campari or Roma tomatoes


Mornay Sauce (make about 1 cup)

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

dash nutmeg

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Butter Glaze

1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Mornay Sauce

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheddar cheese. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep warm and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Using a large knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a portion of tops and a portion of bottoms. You want both portions of the rolls to remain connected, so there are two slabs. Place the bottom portion in the prepared pan.

Evenly layer 1/2 of the turkey over the rolls. 

Evenly layer the cheddar cheese slices.

Sprinkle with the bacon.

Layer with the tomato slices. (try to place a slice on each roll)

Carefully spread the Mornay sauce over the tomatoes.

Evenly layer the remaining sliced turkey, then top with top portion of buns.

Butter Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Pour mixture evenly over top of rolls. 

Cover pan with aluminum foil and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Bake covered for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove foil and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cut into individual sliders and serve immediately.