Primanti-style Sandwich

Now that we’re into the fourth week of the season, things are beginning to take shape as to what we should expect for the remainder of the season. But there are exceptions, like what’s going on with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Long thought to be Superbowl-bound, the Steelers were soundly destroyed last week by the Eagles and showed both a lackluster Offense and a Defense that didn’t even show up to play. This week (at 2-1) they will have one of the league’s best running backs on the field after missing the first three weeks, and I have a feeling that we’ll see them get back on track.

Primanti-style Sandwich (4 servings)

Primanti Sandwich

Easily the most recognizable culinary offering hailing from the steel city, Primanti Bros, established in 1933, is the Mecca for visitors to the region. And this sandwich is so well-known that “Pittsburgers” and similar sandwiches can be found at pubs and restaurants around the nation, packed with meat, cheese, coleslaw and French fries. We’re making the sliced ham version today, but feel free to substitute whatever meats you like. You can also make this with a fried egg on top, but I ran out of room on the sandwich.

  • Italian Bread Loaf, sliced to 1” slices
  • 1 Lb Sliced Ham (or whatever meat you like)
  • ½ Lb Sliced Provolone Cheese
  • 12 oz Cooked French Fries (oven baked recipe)
  • 8 oz Vinegar Coleslaw (recipe here)
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes, sliced

When slicing the bread, try to slice a little diagonally so you have a little more surface area to build the sandwich on. Divide the ham onto four bread slices, divide the cheese to make the second layer. Divide French fries to make the next layer. Then add coleslaw, and finish with sliced tomatoes. Top each with another slice of bread and you’ve created a Pittsburgh original. And don’t worry about making the sandwich “sloppy”, if you’ve ever been to Primanti Bros you already know how they pile on the toppings.