• Pittsburgh Sandwich Dip with Fries

    filed under: Food + Drink on January 19, 2017

    Inspired by a popular Pittsburgh Sandwich, this dip reimagines its signature ingredients – french fries and cole slaw – into one creamy, melty, mouth-watering game day appetizer!

    My secret ingredient makes this dip a crowd favorite!!

    Have you all seen any of the football playoffs? I have been glued to my screen! I was lucky enough to be representing Pennsylvania in the 50 DIPS FACE-OFF, but now I am thrilled to celebrate the flavors of Pittsburgh!!

    Some of those amazing flavors are the freshly grated provolone cheese, the freshly sliced pastrami, and then… my SECRET ingredient… the McCormick Pork Gravy. I tell you, that little packet of flavor makes ALL the difference! (I keep my pantry stocked at all times!)

    I adapted this specific recipe from this amazing recipe from McCormick and it is part of their 50 Dips for 50 States Project. Such a fun project that has inspired me to try so many new recipes!

    My secret ingredient makes this dip a crowd favorite!!

    Tips for Success:

    I used a freshly baked sourdough bread, but you can use whatever bread you prefer. Pumpernickel and Italian are great options! You can even serve this in a skillet and not use the bread bowl at all!

    I baked my dip and french fries in the oven at the same time. You can bake your fries ahead of time if needed, but I would not bake the dip ahead of time. This dip is best served hot and fresh!

    Using store bought ingredients can save lots of time. Consider getting the cole slaw from your deli when you are picking up some pastrami.

    My secret ingredient makes this dip a crowd favorite!!

    PittsburghSandwich Dip with Fries


        • 1 loaf (16 ounces) Sourdough bread
        • 1 pkg McCormick® Pork Gravy Mix
        • 1 c milk
        • 1 1/4 c shredded provolone cheese, divided
        • 1/4 c mayonnaise
        • 1 c coarsely chopped deli-sliced pastrami
        • 1/2 c deli prepared coleslaw
        • 1/4 c chopped cherry tomatoes
        • 1 pkg frozen French fries


        1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
        2. Place bread on baking sheet. Cut an oval on top of bread and remove bread center to make room for the dip.
        3. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir milk gradually into Pork Gravy Mix and whisk, stirring frequently.
        4. Cook on medium heat until gravy comes to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
        5. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and mayonnaise. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir in pastrami.
        6. Spoon dip into bread. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
        7. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is warm. Top with coleslaw and tomatoes.
        8. Serve with French fries.

        My secret ingredient makes this dip a crowd favorite!!

        I am so excited to be participating in this dip FACE-OFF with The Recipe Critic as well as my Game-Day opponent, Carlsbad Cravings. Alyssa from The Recipe Critic made a delicious Spicy Kielbasa Chili Dip – be sure to head over and check out her amazing recipe. Jen made a Boston Baked Bean Dip. Seriously drool worthy!

        As the playoffs continue, what team (and dip!) do you think will win? Pittsburgh or Boston?

        Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support iambaker. I am a big fan of McCormick and love using their products (as you can tell by my pantry!) and feel so honored to partner with them. It means so much that you are willing to support them too!

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        Wow! What a unique combination! In Europe, they have whole restaurants dedicated entirely to French fries, but I don’t think any of them have a dip like this! Sounds amazing!

        I am so excited to try these recipes. I have wrote down a bunch and bookmarked your page just incase I lose the pages!! It all looks so good.

        They look so easy . Will try your recipe tomorrow. Thank for share this awesome post. Thank for sharing!

        Hi Amanda

        Awesome combination and looks yum too!
        Do u hv any other alternative for the Pork Gravy? I am a Muslim. It will be great if you can recommend me an alternative for me to try out yr great recipe. Thank u. 😊

        I would love to know how to make a Pittsburgh steak Salad. The ones I use to eat had the salad, with a pickeled pepper, french fries. But the steak part was shreaded. I thought it was Sirloin Tip roast cooked and shreaded some how. My whole family loved them.

        Happy New Year from Carksbad NM!! Thank you for your easy to preoare recipes using ingredients from my pantry and found in my local grocery! Love the variety you share and love trying your chouces from other parts of the country!!

        Don't Pass on Dessert!