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Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster of a fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.

  • Pittsburgh

As you can tell by many of my recipes, I am proud to be from Pittsburgh. Do I miss it? Yes, I do, every day I do admit I wish I was back there.

Pittsburgh is just so very different than Cleveland. Asides from the obvious of the football teams, Pittsburgh just has that something special about it. I think I may have mentioned in a few my Pittsburgh recipe posts like The Other Pittsburgh Sandwich The South Side SlopesPittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich, and Pittsburgh Steak Salad that “The ‘Burgh” is known for its culinary creations.

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster of a fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.

  • Pile It On

Everyone is familiar with the famous Pittsburgh sandwich from Primanti Brothers. The Pittsburgh way of food is big and piled on. That was my thought process in creating this fish sandwich.

Right now it is Lent, and the humungous fish sandwiches are ruling in the “Burgh. Actually, that did surprise me here in Cleveland that the fish sandwiches are so little. I assumed everyone had HUGE fish sandwiches on Fridays. That could be why every Friday is fish.

When I say huge, I mean huge. You could get a fish sandwich with so much fish on it, you could literally feed a family of 4 with that one sandwich. When I was a kid, down the street from my parent’s was a restaurant known for this very thing, a humongous fish sandwich.

  • Fatigati’s

Fatigati’s was the place. That place would be jamming on Fridays just to get this monster sandwich. It was popular, everyone went there. My mom and dad could walk to this place, we lived that close. Sadly, like most popular places, it closed down.

The building remained closed and vacant for many years. Someone else tried to reopen it and claimed to use Fatigati’s recipes, but wasn’t the same. Old man Fatigati just had something special in his cooking. That one time place to eat at became nothing but a pure memory when one evening, the building caught fire and burnt to the ground. They tore down the rest of what remained and it sits as an empty lot now.

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.

  • Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich

That was the thing in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t just during Lent you had a huge Fish sandwich. It was every Friday all year round.

Now I know Pittsburgh is one the largest Catholic cities around that could be why we love having a huge fish sandwich on Fridays. Still, I knew I wanted to create a fish masterpiece, since it is Lent, and I am Catholic. What better way than digging into my roots, my Pittsburgh roots and create a sandwich.

Yes, the thought of doing the fries and slaw occurred to me, since that is what is mostly done in Pittsburgh. Honestly, it wasn’t until I went to the grocery store and saw the meal deal of the week: A platter of fried fish, Mac n Cheese, and coleslaw for $15 that it came to me. Why not pile that all on a bun Pittsburgh style. that was how this huge fish sandwich was born. Yes, the flavors were all so yummy!

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 4

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.

Ingredients

  • 4 Fried and Battered Fish fillets
  • 1 cup mac n cheese cooked
  • 1 cup coleslaw prepared
  • 4 hoagie buns
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Open up your hoagie rolls, and on the bottom portion of the roll, place one fish fillet.

  2. Next, spoon a layer of the mac n cheese on top the fish.

  3. Then add the layer of the coleslaw on top the mac n cheese.

  4. Season with a little pepper.

  5. Finally, top the sandwich off with the top part the hoagie bun.

  6. Serve up the sandwiches and ENJOY!

by Recipe by Dee Samaan of Seduction in the Kitchen

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Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.

21 Comments
  • Adam J. Holland
    March 10, 2017

    This is a bigass gish sandwich, and I would call it such if it weren’t for the whole Lenten thing. Wonderful, Dee!

    • Deanna Samaan
      March 19, 2017

      Pittsburghers eat big ass sandwiches lol! I have to make my hometown proud! Thank yoU!!!

  • Cricket Plunkett
    March 19, 2017

    Wow! Love the idea of putting mac and cheese on a fresh sandwich, yum!

  • Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    March 19, 2017

    This is awesome how you topped a sandwich with one of my favorite things..mac & cheese. Would have never thought of that but great idea 🙂

  • linda spiker
    March 19, 2017

    Holy moly! Now THAT is a sandwich!

  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    March 19, 2017

    I’ve been viewing Catholicism all wrong — thinking it was about deprivation and piety. You have proven me wrong — it’s about hedonism and decadence! I like that!

  • Sarah
    March 19, 2017

    I always have seafood on Friday’s during Lent…and…all I can say is “sign me up” for this one! Wow! Looks amazing!

  • Debra C.
    March 24, 2017

    When I lived in the midwest there were always fish on Fridays! They were amazing, always the best and something I really miss! That fish sandwich looks absolutely fabulous, what a great bite this would be!

  • Michelle
    March 24, 2017

    Your sandwich truly does look like a fish masterpiece! I love a loaded sandwich like that…yum!

  • debi at Life Currents
    March 25, 2017

    Oh my word this fish sandwich is simply loaded with goodies! Mac & cheese and coleslaw – amazing!

  • Julie
    March 25, 2017

    I can see why that is a popular sandwich! I love the mac on top and that crispy crust looks amazing. It’s sad that some of those restaurants that we grew up with are a thing of the past, and really can’t be duplicated.

  • Justine
    March 25, 2017

    That looks insanely yummy!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    March 26, 2017

    What a FANTASTIC sandwich!

  • Christie
    March 26, 2017

    That definitely looks like one monster fish sandwich! And sounds delicious! Reminds me of the garbage plate in Rochester, NY; a little bit of everything.

  • Jenny | Honey and Birch
    March 26, 2017

    I am totally down with adding mac and cheese to a sandwich. This sounds delicious.

  • Sandra Shaffer
    March 26, 2017

    Wow! Now this is a fish sandwich! I would be full for days eating this — yummy!!

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    March 27, 2017

    This sandwich is everything I want to eat in one sandwich!! All that creamy mac and cheese on a crispy fish filet! Yes, please! I also want to take a trip to the “burghs” now too!!

  • Jeff Steigerwald
    March 27, 2017

    Former Pittsburgher and catholic here. I have fond memories of going to the strip district with my dad and eating Wolleys and Benkovitz fish sandwiches. These were Atlantic Cod sandwiches. With that fishery in full collapse it has been hard to find a suitable replacement. I have had some grouper sandwiches of late in Florida that are very good, but nothing beats the big ole cod caught in the 70’s and 80’s. Pacific cod is not bad – probably as good as we can expect these days if you are ok with low levels of radiation.

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