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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Turkey Devonshire

Turkey, bacon, bread and cheese. I've been craving this for some reason. It's probably been 10 years or longer since I've had Turkey Devonshire. I don't even know where to get it anymore. This is pretty much a Pittsburgh food, at least I have never seen it anywhere else. There was a place in Oakland, (I think it was a hotel restaruant) that served great devonshire. Does anyone know any places that serve it now???

This is a recipe from the Post Gazette that is suppose to be the original.

Frank Blandi's Original Devonshire Sandwich
Cream Sauce:3/4 stick butter, melted1 cup flour1/4 pound Cheddar cheese, grated1 pint chicken broth1 pint hot milk1 teaspoon salt
Melt butter in deep pan and add flour, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and then hot milk, stirring all the while. Add cheese and salt. Bring to boil, then cook slowly for 20 minutes, still stirring. Cool to lukewarm. Beat with wire whip until smooth before using. This makes enough sauce for 6 Devonshire sandwiches.
For each sandwich:1 slice toast, crusts trimmed off3 slices crisp bacon5 thin slices cooked turkey breastCream Sauce, recipe aboveMelted butter Parmesan cheese and paprika
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In each flat, individual oven-proof casserole dish, place 1 slice of toast and top with 3 slices bacon. Add 5 thin slices of cooked turkey breast. Cover completely with cream sauce. Sprinkle with a little melted butter, then with the combined Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Anonymous said...

Dave - fellow Devonshire lover here. 2 places to get it. The Omni William Penn in Downtown Pittsburgh has an AMAZING Devonshire. You must try it!! (Although it is a bit pricy - I can't recall how much). Also -- Try it at the Smithfield Cafe on Smithfield St in downtown Pgh. Not as good as the William Penn IMO but about 1/3 of the cost.


Anonymous said...

I realize this is an older post, but the Union Grill in Oakland is supposed to have excellent Turkey Devonshire.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

The Union Grill's Devonshire is to die for.

Anonymous said...

I'm dating myself. In the mid-70's Hugo's by the Civic Arena had the best Turkey Devonshire. And a place in a square (where I think the PPG building is now) had a crab devonshire on Fridays. It was the best and always so crowded. I don't remember the name of the square of restaurant.

Wilde Faerie said...

I simply make my own and I use that recipe. I've been making it for YEARS and I think I got it out of the Pittsburgh Press Roto Magazine...which has been defunct for many years (1992?).

Anonymous said...

Kretzler's on Babcock Blvd. has a great devonshire and you can get it off the menu daily for lunch or dinner - no waiting for it to be on special:-)

Dave, The BurghFeeder said...

Kretzlers, really? Huh. I drive by there just about every day! Next time I stop, it won't be for the fish sandwich!

Anonymous said...

Union Grill has an amazing turkey devonshire.

Anonymous said...

Around 1972 I worked at the Encore II Restaraunt and Club on Liberty Ave downtown. The day cook was an Italian lady who made Turkey Devonshires once a week as a daily special. Since she only made so many, any not sold could go to employees. I loved them and tried to get them any time I could!