Yinz can go to dahntahn Pittsburgh and get a Primanti's® sandwich or you can create it yourself. You can choose a different type of meat (capicola, turkey, roast beef, etc.) if you prefer.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 sandwiches
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Make the slaw by mixing together the cabbage, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the vinegar, sugar, adobo seasoning, and black pepper until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate.

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  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch thick fries, and fry until they float and are golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Set the fries aside.

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).

  • Place the bread on a baking sheet, and toast to a light brown in the preheated oven, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove half the bread slices. Place 1/4 of the pastrami on the remaining 4 bread slices, and top with provolone cheese. Return to the oven until the pastrami is hot and the cheese is melted, about 5 more minutes.

  • To assemble, top the melted cheese of each sandwich with French fries, cole slaw, 2 tomato slices, and the top pieces of bread.

Cook's Note

I make them one sandwich at a time because I only cook for myself...I place the bread on the baking sheet as well, so it is partially toasted. Also, onions are optional.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

892 calories; protein 42.7g; carbohydrates 79.5g; fat 45.3g; cholesterol 96.7mg; sodium 1603.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2011
I need to preface my review by saying that I've been eating Primanti Brothers' sandwiches for 25 years. By my husband's estimate we've eaten upwards of 300 of them. When we dated we used to go to one of the older Primanti's Restaurants in Oakland. There we used to sit on barstools and watch them make our sandwiches. Lots and lots of sandwiches. I need to let the reader know this because there are a number of discrepancies in this recipe. The ingredients are very accurate and the cole slaw is a good approximation of the original (which actually varies pretty greatly depending on which restaurant you're visiting). Yes they use thickly sliced Italian bread. In 25 years not one of our sandwiches has been toasted or prepared using an oven. The bread is freshly sliced. The meat (we prefer corned beef) is tossed on a griddle top long enough to heat it through and start it curling up a bit. The cheese is quickly held to the hot griddle surface to start it melting then it is laid on top of the hot meat. The meat/cheese is then placed on the bread and topped with the other ingredients. So while this recipe is close to the original if you want the authentic Primanti's Sandwich you need to prepare it the way they prepare it in the restaurant. You'll end up with a sandwich you can barely wrap your mouth around. This gets four stars from me as it's not quite authentic but it has the potential to be. Thanks for a good starter recipe. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2011
I need to preface my review by saying that I've been eating Primanti Brothers' sandwiches for 25 years. By my husband's estimate we've eaten upwards of 300 of them. When we dated we used to go to one of the older Primanti's Restaurants in Oakland. There we used to sit on barstools and watch them make our sandwiches. Lots and lots of sandwiches. I need to let the reader know this because there are a number of discrepancies in this recipe. The ingredients are very accurate and the cole slaw is a good approximation of the original (which actually varies pretty greatly depending on which restaurant you're visiting). Yes they use thickly sliced Italian bread. In 25 years not one of our sandwiches has been toasted or prepared using an oven. The bread is freshly sliced. The meat (we prefer corned beef) is tossed on a griddle top long enough to heat it through and start it curling up a bit. The cheese is quickly held to the hot griddle surface to start it melting then it is laid on top of the hot meat. The meat/cheese is then placed on the bread and topped with the other ingredients. So while this recipe is close to the original if you want the authentic Primanti's Sandwich you need to prepare it the way they prepare it in the restaurant. You'll end up with a sandwich you can barely wrap your mouth around. This gets four stars from me as it's not quite authentic but it has the potential to be. Thanks for a good starter recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2012
Born and raised in da-burgh and ate plenty of these throughout the years. Although some prefer the bread untoasted; I like toasted bread with almost any kind of sandwich. With that being said; I made two of these for lunch today. Used my own recipe for the fries followed directions otherwise. My friend who had never tasted these; loved it!! She took the recipe home to treat her own family. Thanks for reminding me of this great sandwich; it has been a few years since I have been back to Pittsburgh to get an original. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
Too funny! I live in da 'burgh! I never thought anyone really needed a recipe for this sandwich but I guess if you aren't from around here..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2013
I have lived in the Burgh for over 70 years and have taken everyone of our exchange students to the original Permanti's at the strip district. The ambiance there is unbeatable in any other location.You sit at tiny round tables elbow to elbow with many characters there and the wait staff is wild and fun. Other than the missing fun the recipe is oh so good but oh so bad for you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
I hale from Pittsburgh and if you grew up there chances are you visited Pirmanti Brothers restaurant. I've been talking about them here in Colorado for 12 years! Absolutely by far one of THE BEST sandwiches you will ever eat! This one in particular! Try it you'll love it!!! Worth every minute of prep! This is 5-Star sandwich! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2015
I've made this sandwich several times for friends & family and it's always a hit!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2016
10.15.16 A totally different sandwich for us. Can't say we've ever had a french fries on a sandwich. DH liked this sandwich better then I did. I used shaved ham as the submitter said you could choose the meat of your choice. If we are ever in Pittsburgh we will check out the 'real deal'. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2019
Made this multiple times to share with friends. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2016
The ingredients are good but the prep is off. The fries need to be twice fried the meat fried in a pan & then the cheese melted on top of it the bread never goes in the oven it should be soft & finally top with a fried egg the yolk still runny. The egg is definitely optional but we love it. We've used pastrami corned beef capicola & spicy Italian sausage. Fry the potatoes in 4 batches at 320; each batch will take 2 to 4 minutes. Stir occasionally as they cook until the fries are soft and cooked through but still pale. Allow enough time for the oil to return to 320 degrees between batches. Increase the heat to high (or as needed) so that the temperature of the oil reaches 375 degrees. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the fries a second time working in 4 batches; each batch will take 2 to 3 minutes until the fries are crisp and golden brown. Transfer to the lined baking sheets. Immediately season lightly with salt then place in the oven to keep the fries warm. For the meat and cheese: Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Have ready a large baking sheet. Separate the meat slices and add to the skillet turning them as needed until the slices are warmed through. Transfer the slices to the baking sheet creating 8 equal portions. Top each with a slice of provolone cheese. Place in the oven (along with the fries) just until the cheese has melted. For assembly: Place the portions of cheese-topped meat on 8 bread slices. Top with a large han Read More
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