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Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich {Classic Pittsburgh Sandwich}

Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich is one of my Pittsburgh recipes. This turkey Devonshire is perfect if you are craving a taste of Pittsburgh. The Devonshire recipe is rich, satisfying open-face sandwich.


How is a Devonshire sandwich a Pittsburgh recipe? Let’s find out!

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Pittsburgh Girl


am a Pittsburgh girl who lives in Cleveland. Life can be interesting. Why? I am native Pittsburgher living in Cleveland.


It is a football thing. Plus I get made fun of because I have the Pittsburgh accent. Clevelanders cannot understand my Pittsburghese.


I didn’t know I actually spoke another language until I moved to Cleveland. 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. In the Pittsburgh region, you learn they did not want anyone to feel out-of-place.


There is a huge diversity of people from different countries in the Pittsburgh area. They all started adopting how they talked. That is why you have “gum bands” and “yinz” in the Pittsburgh language.


pittsburghese reference guide

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Why am I telling you all about my hometown of Pittsburgh? I decided to do the Devonshire Sandwich for Sunday Supper. The theme is theme Hometown food.


Pittsburgh has plenty of dishes and recipes. The most famous of the Pittsburgh recipes is the Primanti Bros Sandwich. I already have The Pittsburgh Panini.


So I thought let’s do another famous sandwich, the turkey Devonshire. Yes, the Devonshire recipe was invented in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich

The Devonshire sandwich originated in the 1930s by a man named Frank Blandi. He first served them at The Stratford in the Shadyside neighborhood.


Cooking Tip:


f you don’t have time to brine your chicken, use this simple trick: Heavily salt the chicken (inside and out) about an hour before you cook it. Then pat it dry and roast. This ensures crispy skin and juicy meat. – Source: FoodNetwork


The name for this sandwich came to him when he operated the Lemont Restaurant in Mount Washington Looking down at the city, he could see Devonshire Street. He thought that would make a good name for a sandwich.


The Devonshire sauce is what makes this sandwich. So here the Pittsburgh original recipe from Frank Blandi. The Devonshire recipe is from an old Pittsburgh Post-Gazette clipping.

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Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich is buttery rich and so amazing!

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Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich #SundaySupper

  • Author: Deanna Samaan
  • Prep Time: 0:10
  • Cook Time: 0:20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American


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.


Cream Sauce

  • 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

For each sandwich

  • 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


  1. To make the Cream Sauce:
  2. Melt 3/4 stick butter in deep pan and add flour, stirring constantly.
  3. Add chicken broth and then hot milk and salt, for 20 minutes, still stirring.
  4. Cool to lukewarm. Beat with wire whip until smooth before using. This makes enough sauce for 6 Devonshire sandwiches.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  6. In each flat, individual oven-proof casserole dish, place 1 slice of toast and top with 3 slices bacon.
  7. Add 5 thin slices of cooked turkey breast.
  8. Cover completely with cream sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with a little melted butter, then with the combined Parmesan cheese and paprika.
  10. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Take out the oven and ENJOY!

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Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich is one of my Pittsburgh recipes. This turkey Devonshire is perfect if you are craving a taste of Pittsburgh. The Devonshire recipe is rich, satisfying open-face sandwich. How is a Devonshire sandwich a Pittsburgh recipe? Let's find out! | SeductionInTheKitchen,com
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  • Olivia
    March 31, 2018

    I never knew this was a Pittsburgh recipe! YUM!

  • Stacey Lucas
    May 1, 2018

    I loved turkey Devonshires growing up and can’t believe I just found out it was a native Pittsburgh dish. My question is with the shredded cheddar cheese. It’s listed in the ingredients but not in the preparation.

    • Deanna
      May 3, 2018

      Yep! It a Pittsburgh invention! Yes, it is, that was my fault I need to add that, thanks for catching that!

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