My first trip to a Primanti Brothers restaurant was years ago in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. I was always sad that there wasn’t one in Indiana… until now! Yep, we have Primanti Brothers! Woo hoo! My wife and I ate lunch there the other day. We both ordered salads, even though they are famous for their sandwiches. The Buffalo and Crispy chicken entree salads are very good. For a starter we ordered the Terror Tots. It took about 5 seconds for us both to agree: we had to make them at home. So here it is, my copycat of Primanti Brothers Terror Tots. Crispy tots topped with cheese, bacon, spicy Sriracha sauce, and even spicier fresh jalapeno slices. You cannot possibly eat these fast enough.
The salads at Primanti Brothers were incredibly fresh, as were the jalapeno slices on the Terror Tots. And they weren’t that hot. They in fact were quite tame, and very tasty. I saw the fear in my wife’s face when they first came to our table. She was worried they would be too hot. But, they must grow their peppers specially lightly spicy because we thought they were perfect. They all disappeared.
Ever since my wife and I went to Pittsburgh a few years ago and had lunch at Primanti Brothers, I have been jonesin’ bad for another one of their sandwiches. Good sandwich meat, warm fries, and the best part, fantastic slaw. Time to make a copycat Primanti Brothers sandwich, by golly!
Some folk complain about these sandwiches getting a bit soggy. I’ve never had one last long enough for that to happen, but if you drain the slaw really well you shouldn’t have a problem. That’s the beauty of making a copycat Primanti Brothers sandwich at home. You can tweak it to your liking.
I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.