The Pittsburgh Panini

March 2, 2014Deanna
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Well, I think I am back on track with things as far as Seduction in The Kitchen goes. I took a small break to deal with everything my dad was going through with the colon cancer. We got the results back and the new growth they found was negative.

Finally something we can relax and breathe over. I do have the best fans of this blog and many have shown such great support as I was dealing with this new obstacle in the roller coaster of life. So from the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

In my small break, I did get to thinking that I would like to do revamp a little on Seduction in the Kitchen. Add a little more to it, make is useful for different things. Meaning maybe does household hints, stuff like that. I did just start doing dining reviews of places around Cleveland, in fact, I just finished one for the Moosehead Saloon, in Westlake, Ohio, and you can read all about the foodie adventure here.

So, since I was in Pittsburgh for my family, it made me homesick for Pittsburgh. I was born and raised there, black and gold run through my veins. You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can not take the Pittsburgh out the girl.

I have said it many times on here, a Pittsburgher living in Cleveland is interesting. Cleveland does try to copy Pittsburgh, but you will never get them to admit that, though. They have a restaurant here called Panini’s that has sandwiches that have slaw and fries on them. Just like the Original Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh. Only it is not the same.

I told my Cleveland friends, “I am sorry, but this is just an imitation Primanti brothers sandwich.” It is the coleslaw they use it is not a creamy coleslaw, it is an Italian vinegar based slaw. That and they use Italian bread and hand cut French fries, those 3 elements are what makes the Pittsburgh sandwich.

So yes I was craving this sandwich, but I am in Cleveland, and I do not like this Panini’s place that has this imitation Pittsburgh sandwich. So I decided let’s do the Pittsburgh sandwich. The first obstacle was the Italian bread, no Manzini’s bread is sold here.

So what I could get was already sliced, it actually too thin to be a Pittsburgh sandwich, then the thought came, let’s make it into a panini, that way this bread will hold up better. Next was the fries, That I was being lazy with, I did not feel like hand cutting a potato. Then thought, tater tots, it holds better on the panini, if I do it panini style. Ok, let’s make my Pittsburgh Panini and my craving for “home.”

The Pittsburgh Panini

Preparation 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 1     adjust servings

The Pittsburgh sandwich but in Panini form! A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


  • Italian bread
  • Seasoned steak sliced thin and cooked
  • shredded cheese
  • Sauteed mushrooms ,optional
  • Tater tots



  1. First thing is to make the slaw, place the onions and coleslaw mix in a bowl, and toss them together. Next you want to whisk together the dressing. Add the sugar, vinegar, celery salt, black pepper, and olive oil together. Now I know there several versions of the “Pittsburgh Slaw” out there, and one the more popular ones say do not use olive oil. Truth is, Primanti Brothers uses olive oil in the secret recipe. It is an Italian family, they would not use anything less. The one copy cat recipe says it makes too strong, truthfully to me it is just right.
  2. Pour the dressing over the slaw, and toss it well to coat and then set aside for about an hour or so. In the meantime as the flavors are blending for the slaw, cook thinly sliced stead for the sandwich. With think steak slices they will cook up within minutes. I like to season my steak with a little of Trader Joe’s Grinder Garlic salt, and a little black pepper. Also the sauteed mushrooms that is just a taste preference for me, I love mushrooms, I sauteed them with the steaks so they have that steak flavor on them.
  3. As the panini press is heating up, it is time to assemble this sandwich. Place the steak and some cheese on top of a slice of Italian bread.
  4. Layer on the mushrooms if you want them.
  5. Layer on the tater tots
  6. Top it off with the ‘Burgh Slaw
  7. Place the top slice of the Italian bread on top, then place it on the panini press. Press it for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Then ENJOY!


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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 1037kcal Calories from fat 729
% Daily Value
Total Fat 81g125%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Sodium 9mg0%
Carbohydrate 77g26%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 76g
Protein 0g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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