Story by Leslie Huffman, Photo by Kimberly Chance
Cary. NC – One more week until the big game. Yes, the Super Bowl! Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I know that nothing is more sacred to someone from the Burgh than the Steelers. And, what better to eat while watching the big game than with a famous Primanti Brothers sandwich? Here, we’ll reveal the “secret” recipe so you can make this Pittsburgh version of comfort food right here in Cary.
History of Primanti Brothers
Back in the 1930’s, Joe Primanti opened a cart in the Strip District near downtown Pittsburgh selling sandwiches to truckers on the go. His brothers, Dick and Stanley, joined him along with nephew John DePriter who was the cook.
One trucker with a load of potatoes brought some in to the newly opened restaurant and John fried them up on the grill. With truckers in a hurray, he would put those fried potatoes right on top of the sandwich, wrap it in white paper and and serve it go. A Pittsburgh tradition was born.
In the 1970’s five more locations opened in Pittsburgh, including one in Three Rivers Stadium. You can now still enjoy a true Primanti’s sandwich at the new PNC Park and Heinz Field and at 15 other Pittsburgh locations.
Me, I always prefer the original location whenever we go back home for a visit. It has become a family tradition each time we are in town to enjoy the original Primanti Bros. Sandwich with slaw and fried potatoes on top.
- 2 slices Italian bread
- 5 -6 slices ham, thin (or chipped ham as us Pittsburgher’s say)
- 2 slices provolone cheese
- 1/4 cup coleslaw
- 2 slices of tomato
- 1 cup French fries, still warm
Spread mayonnaise on bread. Layer your choice of the above ingredients. Serve wrapped in white paper for authenticity with an Iron City Beer.
And if you go to Primanti Bros. DON”T ASK for the fries on the side. They’ll send you down the street.