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Pittsburgh Style Sandwich Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Pittsburgh Style Sandwich

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"A Strip District special with all the fixings BETWEEN the bread-including the fries and slaw. This unique sandwich can be made with your favorite lunch meat."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven and prepare french fries according to package instructions.
  2. Layer Italian bread with roast beef, provolone cheese, tomato, coleslaw, and freshly cooked fries. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 26, 2009

This is a copycat of Primanti Brother's sandwiches - famous in Pittsburgh and oh-so-delicious! You can use any meat - I prefer capicola. Heat the meat in a pan with provolone on top until it's warm and the cheese is melty. Put it on Italian bread (I cut mine in slices to be more authentic), pile on some fries (not thin fries but not as thick as steak fries - homemade are best), then a vinegar-based cole slaw (not mayo-based). I used the Amish Slaw recipe from this site and it works great! Best sandwich ever!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 13, 2007

This is a very basic, 'gist' of a Pittsburgh style sandwich. I live in Pgh, and am a big fan of Primanti's. Vinegar based slaw is a MUST. Also, the fries have to be FRIED, not baked. Don't try to save calories on this one. Also, fresh, hand sliced italian bread is key. It's nice and soft, so after the sandwich is made, you can press it down and dip it in hot sauce. YUM.


16 Ratings

Jul 13, 2007

Yep -- fries & slaw on a sandwich; it's a 'Burgh thing. After a move to the Kansas City area a few years ago, I started missing my Pittsburgh foods and have been making my own Primanti's sandwiches at home, which is what this recipe is based on. If you have the time & equipment, I'd recommend making your own fries -- better tasting, IMHO. Secondly, use a vinegar-based slaw/dressing, if you're really going for authenticity. Lastly, you can use any type of meat in this sandwich -- cappicola is one of my favorites, as is steak with a fried egg. Now, if I could only replicate Kennywood cheese fries at home.... =)

Jan 13, 2011

This was freaking awesome to have on a Sunday night dinner for my three men. They loved having a sandwich they saw on "Diners, Drive-in's and Dives" sandwich and I get to clean out my freezer. I used Oreida french fried potatoes that I spiced up with Stacey's Hamburger Seasoning and I made my own coleslaw. To say this was a huge hit would be an understatement and you can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you like. It's great!

Jul 12, 2007

Yep! That's the way to eat a sandwich in Pittsburgh. Mmmmm...homesick already. Don't change a thing or it's not from Pittsburgh.

Nov 16, 2009

stikychikn must not have actually made one. This is the sandwich celebrities and presidential hopefuls seek out when they come to Pittsburgh because despite what it sounds like, it is an amazing sandwich. Any deli meat will do and as others have suggested, use vinegar based coleslaw and don't be cheap with the calories.

Sep 26, 2011

I don't care if the recipe is authentic to a restaurants or not...these are awesome served with any kind of cole slaw, meats, or types of fries. We love them!

Jan 29, 2009

When I saw the ingredients I thought "how strange!" but gave it a try anyway and it is absolutely DELICIOUS!! This will be one of my go-to sandwiches from now on. Easy and fast too. A real winner!! Thanks so much.


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  • Calories
  • 613 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 111 mg
  • 37%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 49.3 g
  • 99%
  • Sodium
  • 2397 mg
  • 96%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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