Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich is a sandwich you can make if you’re craving a taste of Pittsburgh. Anyone who has lived in Pittsburgh knows the rich, satisfying open-face sandwich that was created by Frank Blandi.
I am a Pittsburgh girl who lives in Cleveland. Life can be interesting when you’re a native Pittsburgher living in Cleveland especially when it is football season. I am used to being made fun because I have the Pittsburgh accent.
Plus Clevelanders can not understand my Pittsburghese. I didn’t know I actually spoke another language until I moved to Cleveland. I did find out, however, my Pittsburghese is the most studied sub-dialect out all the sub-dialects in the United States.
Why? Well here is a little history lesson for you on Pittsburghese. When immigrants were coming over to the US to live, something interesting happened in PA, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Normally you learn English but in the Pittsburgh area, they did not want anyone to feel out-of-place.
There was such a huge diversity of different people from different countries settling in the area, they all just started adopting how they talked. That is why you have “gum bands” and “yinz” in the Pittsburgh language. It was born from those early immigrants that did want anyone to feel out-of-place. I grew up with these words and this is how I talk:
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Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich
So that is why I am telling you all about my hometown of Pittsburgh! I decided to do the Devonshire Sandwich for this Sunday Supper theme. I know Pittsburgh has plenty of dishes it is known for, and the most famous is the Primanti Bros Sandwich, but I already have that on here. So I thought let’s do another famous sandwich from the Black and Gold City.
This one isn’t as famous as the Primanti Bros sandwich but it originated in the 1930s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Frank Blandi who first served them at The Stratford at Milvale and Centre avenues in the Shadyside neighborhood. The name came to him when he operated the Lemont Restaurant on top of Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington. Looking down, he could see Devonshire Street. Thought that would make a good name for a sandwich. So here is that lovely creation that Pittsburgher Frank Blandi created. The recipe is from an old Pittsburgh Post-Gazette clipping.
- 3/4 stick butter melted
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 pound Cheddar cheese grated
- 1 pint chicken broth
- 1 pint hot milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 slice good toast crusts trimmed off
- 3 slices crisp bacon
- 5 slices thin cooked turkey breast
- Cream Sauce recipe above
- Melted butter
- Parmesan cheese and paprika
- To make the Cream Sauce:
- Melt 3/4 stick butter in deep pan and add flour, stirring constantly.
- Add chicken broth and then hot milk and salt, for 20 minutes, still stirring.
- Cool to lukewarm. Beat with wire whip until smooth before using. This makes enough sauce for 6 Devonshire sandwiches.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In each flat, individual oven-proof casserole dish, place 1 slice of toast and top with 3 slices bacon.
- Add 5 thin slices of cooked turkey breast.
- Cover completely with cream sauce.
- Sprinkle with a little melted butter, then with the combined Parmesan cheese and paprika.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Take out the oven and ENJOY!