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.
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 Slopes, Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich, and Pittsburgh Steak Salad that “The ‘Burgh” is known for its culinary creations.
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 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
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!
- 4 Fried and Battered Fish fillets
- 1 cup mac n cheese cooked
- 1 cup coleslaw prepared
- 4 hoagie buns
- pepper to taste
Open up your hoagie rolls, and on the bottom portion of the roll, place one fish fillet.
Next, spoon a layer of the mac n cheese on top the fish.
Then add the layer of the coleslaw on top the mac n cheese.
Season with a little pepper.
Finally, top the sandwich off with the top part the hoagie bun.
Serve up the sandwiches and ENJOY!