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The Passion of the Dippy Eggs

It is the simplest of dishes; soft boiled eggs broken over chunks of bread, and then a judicious amount of salt and black pepper thrown on top. As a meal, it’s hardly notable. If I were Pete Wells, I’d dismiss it out of hand as being…oh I don’t know…common?

But I am a Pittsburgher, and dippy eggs are part of the culture, and played a part in my education whilst I was a youngun’. Whether it was disputing that they were soft boiled eggs or fried eggs served over easy, or if they should be served over bread that had been toasted or not, it was the first “dish” that made those of us who were paying attention realize that food could be vastly different even when the ingredients were the same.

Dippy eggs are but one of only a handful of foods that can transport me back to when I was a child. Sure, candy and boxed cereals remind me of my youth, but dippy eggs, as well as strawberry shortcake and beef stroganoff, were foods that I remember being made for me, as far back as pre-kindergarten. How many foods can make that claim in anyone’s life?

I have spoken of dippy eggs to very few people in my life once I became an adult. My thinking was that if you lived outside of Western Pennsylvania, well you simply wouldn’t understand. Eggs and bread! With the tasty yolk? What’s not to love? But it was it’s name that would turn people off I believed.

But when I offhandedly mentioned the dish to Tara one day, she was instantly intrigued. “When are you going to make this?”, she asked me from time to time. I would pretend not to hear, thinking to myself “No. You wouldn’t get it.”

But this weekend I broke down, and made plans for the great unveiling. Dippy Eggs were to be served with Scones and a cup of coffee. The only change to the recipe I made was I used a batard for the bread instead of Wonder Bread. Even for a recipe that reminded me of my youth I could not be convinced to buy cheap, sliced white bread.

The results? Anyone who was not from Western Pennsylvania was less than impressed. It is, after all, only eggs over bread.

But as I ate my dippy eggs, a small smile came to my lips. Yes, it is only eggs over bread, but what it represents made it that much more delicious.

BBQ Chip Chopped Ham Sandwich – Pittsburgh Recipes

It’s only 12 days until kickoff, and already I’ve annoyed Tara with my talk of food and football. She’s countering every point I make, and making sure to keep me honest when discussing this touchy subject.

You see, when it comes to feeding and eating on Football days, I am a traditionalist (some would say classist). Come kickoff time, I don’t want to hear about Portugese-Style Salt Cod Fritters or Barcelona Style rice. I want the day to be about who and what’s on the field, and not about who cooked the food. So the food should be good, simple and accessible.

Since Pittsbugh is in the Super Bowl, I’ve got several recipes lined up that will win people over and provide a Pittsurgh Style celebration.

This recipe is unsophisticated, but tried and true. This is the point. I’ve updated it a bit after playing around with the recipe.

  • 2 lbs Chip Chopped Ham (shaved ham if this cut is unavailable in your area)
  • 3 cups of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 8 Kaiser rolls
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Place all except the rolls and cheddar cheese into a slow cooker. Heat for four hours.

Scoop onto rolls and top with cheese before placing the top of bun on the sandwich.

Serves 8

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Go Pittsburgh!!!

I’m going to be such a lonely person in Seattle over the next two weeks.

Oh well… Go Steelers!!

Pittsburgh and Pierogies

Ye Gods do I love the Internet!! Where else can you find a DVD on how to make Pierogies.

Pierogies have a special little place in my life. I was born and (presumably) bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What this means in regards to culinary pleasures is that I enjoy Jumbo, chipped-chopped ham, cole slaw on my sandwiches, and pierogies.

One of the many pleasant memories of my youth was “Pierogie Day”. We lived in a city, and the School District allowed the students of the elementary school to leave the premises at lunch time to either go home, or purchase lunch at a local establishment.

Now it just so happens that the School was a few blocks away from a Ukrainian Orthodox Church at what is now called the Holy Virgin Church. (Personally? I remember it as St. Vladimir’s). The Church would hold Pierogie Day every Friday, and students from the school could come and get a carton of six homemade pierogies, swimming in onions and butter. These little dumplings stuffed with potatoes introduced me to the joys of Eastern European foods. How many of you out there can compete with that? Okay, probably a fair amount of you, but this aspect of my childhood makes me feel a tad special.

What this means is that every time I think of Pierogies, I think of Pittsburgh. That’s why I am so pleased to find this site — Pierogies Plus. A company in Pittsburgh making homemade pierogies and allows you to order them online.

It also means that I am now old enough to wistfully recall moments of my youth that make sound like an old biddy upon retelling.

And so it goes.

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