The Turkey Devonshire is a sandwich that comes from Pittsburgh. It was created by Frank Blandi. This delightful sandwich is made of crisp bacon, slices of turkey, slices of tomato, and are covered in cheese sauce before being popped into the oven to become nice and toasty.
Armstrong’s is a well-known Pittsburgh restaurant noted for good food, big portions, and tasty sandwiches. The Turkey Devonshire is an open-faced sandwich that comes from this restaurant.
This satisfying hearty sandwich is made with turkey, crisp bacon, and tomato slices. It is covered in a rich, creamy cheese sauce before being popped under the broiler to become bubbly and toasty.
Some years ago, I spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh for work. I hate to tell you how many of these sandwiches I ate! I just couldn’t resist this kind of comfort food.
This is the perfect sandwich to make for brunch the day after Thanksgiving when you have leftover turkey.
History of Turkey Devonshire
Pittsburghers have been eating the Devonshire Sandwich in its many variations since 1934. That’s when Frank Blandi opened his first restaurant and created the Devonshire.
The sandwich was such a success that Blandi had to make the sauce in five-gallon batches. The basic ingredients of the original Devonshire were slices of turkey and strips of crispy bacon.
Blandi went on to offer variations on the main theme (the cheese sauce) – chicken, crab, shrimp, asparagus.
Origin Possibly Comes from the Kentucky Hot Brown
The Devonshire Turkey Sandwich is similar to the Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Sandwich, which originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.
The main difference is in the cheese – the Hot Brown is usually made with parmesan, romano, or Swiss, while an authentic Turkey Devonshire is made with cheddar.
For this sandwich, you will need a few simple ingredients:
- Some hearty bread. If you can, use some thin-sliced Italian bread. I have also made this with Sourdough bread.
- You also need turkey, left-over turkey is the best. You can use deli turkey in a pinch, don’t let that stop you from making the sandwich.
- Grab your favorite bacon and some fresh tomatoes.
- The cheese sauce is the star of this sandwich. Don’t worry, the recipe for the cheese sauce is down below.
Assembling the Sandwich
You will need to place the sandwich in an oven-proof dish, we will pop this into the oven and brown the top, so the oven-proof dish is a must.
Place the bread on the bottom, top with turkey, then tomatoes.
Ladle the cheese sauce on top of everything, and add a sprinkle of paprika, and a couple of slices of bacon.
You will place this sandwich in under the broiler just until the cheese beings to brown, and then you will have the most delightful sandwich!
More Hearty Sandwich Recipes
Looking for more hearty sandwiches? Here are some great ones to make. And, please let me know if you have a favorite sandwich recipe to share.
- Best Ever Sloppy Joes
- Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich
- Ham Sandwich Spread
- Monte Cristo Sandwich
- Tuna Melt Sandwich
Wonder what other sandwiches to make with leftover turkey? Here are 35 leftover turkey sandwich ideas.
Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes
- Baked Creamed Corn
- Best Deep Fried Turkey Recipe
- Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes
- Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon
- Pan Fried Potato Slices
- Panera Bread Mac and Cheese
- Pumpkin Bisque
- Turkey Legs
Armstrong’s Turkey Devonshire Sandwich
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 ounces shredded Cheddar Cheese I recommend a sharp Cheddar, Tilamook
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 5 slices bacon cooked
- 4 slices Italian bread lightly toasted
- 4 slices tomato
- ½ pound turkey breast
- Preheat the broiler.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Cook the butter and flour mixture over medium heat for about one minute cook until the flour begins to smell nutty.
- Add 1 cup of chicken broth and 1 cup of milk. Stir until the sauce thickens.
- Add Cheddar and Parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir until the cheese melts.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Stir occasionally as you assemble the sandwich to keep a skin from forming on the top of the sauce.
- Toast the bread.
- Build sandwich by laying a piece of toasted bread into a pie pan, top with turkey, then tomato.
- Ladle cheese sauce over the sandwich.
- Sprinkle paprika on top.
- Place two slices of bacon crisscrossed on the cheese sauce.
- Broil until the cheese begins to brown.