Chipped HamIf you go to a deli counter or a grocery store around Pittsburgh and ask for ham as a luncheon meat, you will always be asked, "Would you like that sliced, or chipped?" Chipped ham is a deli ham that is "chipped" by slicing it paper thin with a commercial meat slicer. It is sliced so thin, in fact, that it is almost transparent. Believe it or not, chipping the ham makes it more tender and flavorful with a delicate texture. Mmmmm! It makes my mouth water to think about it. We serve it fresh on bread, or fry it briefly in a skillet (called frizzled ham), or heat it in a saucepan with barbecue sauce and pile it high on a bun for a ham barbecue. It's a 'Burgh thing!
The Pittsburgh SandwichPrimanti Brothers in the 1930's to accommodate truckers, the restaurant has expanded to several locations. They say this sandwich can be "imitated but not duplicated." Visitors to Pittsburgh are often overwhelmed by this concoction, but once they tackle it, they love it! It's a 'Burgh thing!
The Pittsburgher SaladPittsburgh salad tradition to pile the meat, cheese and french fries right on top of salads too! Grilled steak or chicken are cut in strips and placed on top of a bed of salad greens and cut raw vegetables. Chopped hard-boiled eggs are often added too. Then the hot french fries are piled on top, sprinkled with shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese. It is topped off with a salad dressing of choice. Don't knock it until you've tried it. It's a 'Burgh thing!
The Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table
Oh, and by the way, we don't drink soda; we drink "pop." A term popular in the mid-west, Pittsburghers also call their soft drinks "pop," whereas Pennsylvanians in the eastern part of the state call it "soda." What do you call it?
Come and visit us in Southwestern Pennsylvania and enjoy some of our unique food traditions. Or, try replicating them where you live. You'll tell your friends, "It's a 'Burgh thing!"