Monday, August 10, 2009

The Best Thing Ever: Roast Beef Pittsburgh Panini

Let me begin by saying I grew up in a small steel town along the Ohio River. I am from a very very small town, but it is only 45 minutes away from Pittsburgh. I grew up making the drive to that beautiful city. One of my favorite things was going under the tunnel in suburbia and coming out to the most amazing city full of lights. It was breath taking.

One of the staples of Pittsburgh for a foodie is the Primanti Brothers. If you ever visit the Pittsburgh area it is a must try. They make the most incredible Panini's.

I made this for my husband Sunday. He was speechless (the first time ever). He loved it. He loved it so much he called me this morning at 7:30 (DID I SAY AM?)to tell me that he can't get the incredible sandwich out of his head and he will be stopping by ASAP for another panini. Of course, I made him another one......That is what wives do? Right?

Anyway. this is a 10! (Rated by the hubby. This is very rare rating. I think, he is a little stingy on the tens or expects to much. LOL)


My Pittsburgh Roast Beef Panini:

The Beef

4lbs Lean Roast
1/4 cp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
4-6 cps Beef Broth
3/4 cp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Red Onion quartered
4 garlic cloves minced

1. Rub the seasoning all over the beef and then sear all sides. Add the broth, onions, garlic, Worcestershire to the pan.
2. Cook 275 for 3-4 hours.
3. Slice Very thin, against the grain. (I used the slicing on my food processor)
4. Add back into the broth. (This meat tastes even better the next day after sitting in this amazing broth)

The Slaw:

Coleslaw (Pre-made package, very thinly cut cabbage)
1/4 cp. Zinfandel Vinegar
2 TB oil
2 TB Sugar

1. Toss everything together and set aside

Fries or Homemade Fries (I cooked 1/2 bag. I makes 2-3 sandwich's)
(Follow directions. I cook them until they are really crunchy)
Provolone Cheese (1/2 lb)
Really Really good bread, I used a Three Cheese from Panera Bread

Lay out the two slices of bread. Top the bottom with the a few slices of Provolone cheese, Add the Roast Beef, Add more cheese, Add fries, Add the slaw and then the tomato top with the second slice of bread. Slice in half. I secured with toothpicks.

Take A HUGE BIT of the amazing taste of Pittsburgh! YUM!


  1. this does sound great pittsburgh is a lovely city

  2. I been wanting to try one of the Primanti sandwiches ever since I saw them on the food show on the Travel channel. Your version looks really good. If your husband loves it, I'm sure I would too. Since I probably won't be traveling to Pittsburgh any time soon. I guess I'll have to make it myself.

  3. I am so excited to try this recipe..I know my whole faamily will love it..Ill let you know how it turns out!!Figtreeapps

  4. Yup, I can imagine my Husband doing the same thing if I made him that. It's like a man's dream!

    I might make this beef over the weekend to give Husband a nice treat for his work lunches! Maybe now I'll finally get that Camera! hah!

  5. Oh yes, this would be devoured in my home!!

  6. What a great combination of flavors! It sounds as though you scored some major points with your husband.

  7. Oh my wow, sounds delish! I'm definitely going to try this with a roast I have in my deep freeze. My hubby will be so excited for sure :) Thanks for the recipe Miranda!

  8. I can't argue with a 10 on the husband-rating scale. This is so bookmarked!

  9. Yum! That looks over-the-top good!

  10. Okay, I'm convinced. Will you make me one? :D

  11. That panini looks fabulous! Can't wait to try it!

  12. I'm with girlichef. I think I need to taste one just to be sure, ya know? So, uh, what time's lunch? I can bring dessert. I've got some pretty yummy (nutella) brownies, feshly baked last night at 10pm! :)I And if you're not sure you want brownies, I've got marshmallow goldies that I baked at 11pm. :)

  13. man o man you could score points with anyone with some beef like this...

  14. well that looks a mean lean delicious panini!

  15. wow! that is one loaded panini! yummy indeed!

  16. Hey, there! I tried looking around to just email ya but didn't see one and so I checked on twitter for ya but you've not been on for a few days. LOL, so here I am commenting again. :) Football and cheerleading practice has me baking at 10 & 11pm! It's pushing 9 when we get in, then they want dinner (the nerve of 'em), I clean up kitchen, and THEN I can start baking. :)

    Have a good evening!

  17. Every component of this gorgeous sandwich sounds delicious!

  18. That does look like the perfect panini.

  19. I grew up in a small city outside Pittsburgh also..Pleasent Hills and my Grandma was from an even smaller down by Pittsburgh..Fayette City.
    Small world!

  20. I have to make this panini! I know my boyfriend would love it:)

  21. Hey! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I really appreciate it.

    This is so great, I Love Hungry Housewife but missed her brownies which look to die for in your photo! So glad I found them here, yum!

  22. How long will the beef last in the fridge and whats the best way to keep it?

  23. These sandwiches are legendary! Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to give it a try!

  24. i was born in bellvue and grew up in peters township! i love, love, love these sandwiches!

  25. You know... I live right across the street from Primanti Bros in the South Side (seriously... I could throw a rock through their window from my front door!) I've never ever eaten there!!

    I keep saying I need to try it. But I'll probably try the one in The Strip!

    You are right about the view coming out of the tunnel... it totally ROCKS!!


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