Super Bowl(TM) Panini: Devonshire Panini Bites

by on January 31, 2011

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It’s time once again for my annual Super Bowl team-themed panini! It’s always a fun challenge to come up with sandwiches inspired by the cities represented in the big game. First up: Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh SteelersThe sandwiches loaded with coleslaw and French fries at Primanti Bros. are the ones that people most often associate with Pittsburgh. Since I made Primanti Bros.-style cheese steak panini the last time the Steelers were in the Super Bowl, two years ago, I dug a little deeper into the local culinary lore this time around…and found the Devonshire.

If you’re not familiar with the original Devonshire, created by Frank Blandi at The Stratford Restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1934, it is an open-face sandwich on toast topped with sliced turkey, bacon and smothered in a cheese sauce. I’m calling my Super Bowl appetizer version of this classic Devonshire Panini Bites: turkey and bacon panini (with cheddar and Parmesan), cut into small bites, with a creamy cheese sauce on the side for dipping.

Make one big sandwich first and then cut it up into smaller bites

I kept all of the components of the original sandwich, just rearranging them a little. Instead of strips of bacon, I crumbled the bacon so the panini would be easier to cut into bite-sized pieces. I also added some cheese directly inside the sandwich to hold it together (and because you can never have too much cheese :-)).

These are your bites!

These little guys cool down quickly once you cut them so get ready to serve them right away while they’re still hot! The same goes for the cheese sauce – if you have a chafing dish or fondue pot, now would be a great time to bring that out. But it’s not the worst thing if, like me, all you’ve got is a regular bowl. These savory little comfort bites will be gone fast anyway. 🙂

Green Bay fans: stay tuned for your sandwich later this week!

Devonshire Panini Bites

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Penny Wolf February 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

Thank you so much for this post! I have wanted exclusive Pittsburgh recipes and you have done some research and there it is! Panini style!

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2 Anna February 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

Looks great and we will try it for Super Bowl–go Steelers!!

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3 Gretta List February 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

These look so good. We’re looking forward to trying them.

Thanks,
Gretta

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4 Sandie {A Bloggable Life} February 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

Kathy, I love your Super Bowl panini ideas! Very clever and although I’m not a big Steelers or Packers fan, I’d serve both these sandwiches on game day, for the eating entertainment alone! 🙂

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5 Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Those are some tasty looking bite sized paninis!

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6 Jenn@eatcakefordinner February 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Oh how I love paninis. I have never thought of dipping a sandwich in cheese sauce, but it sounds like a great idea.

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