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Fried Bologna: Is It a Southern or Midwest Thing? How Do You Eat It?

May 27th, 2010 · 12 Comments

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My buddy Brad, the Meatist, posted a bit about loving the all-American bologna sandwich: white bread, mayo, bologna.

Got me thinking to my cousin (by marriage), Brenda Ward. She is among the pickiest eaters I know of. But she lived on fried bologna sandwiches – for breakfast, at that. I imagine it as being OK, but have to say, never tried it.

She’s from deep Dixie (LA = Lower Alabama, Redneck Riviera, etc., etc.) – Pensacola. But I know a bunch of Midwesterners who eat it fried, too.

So: Today’s food fight: How do you eat bologna and do you ever cook it in any fashion? What does one put on that stuff?

Tags: Southern Roots Run Deep

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sharon // May 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I’m from the Midwest and haven’t had bologna for years. We made great grilled cheese sandwiches.

    We’d lightly fry the bologna, then place it in a sandwich as below and grill it.

    White bread, mayo, dill pickle sliced, bologna, Dijon (or yellow) mustard, and mild white cheddar or baby Swiss cheese.

  • 2 George P // May 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Never tried fried, although it’s probably tasty.

    I just use white bread, mayo, bologna, pickle slice or sweet relish, ketchup. I do the same with ham.

  • 3 Terri Turner // May 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE FRIED BOLOGNA!!! Even though it’s “boloney” to me. I grew up in Philly and as a kid, my mom made us fried boloney sandwiches. Had to be on fresh white bread with mustard. Talk about heaven!

  • 4 Ken // May 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    As Terri implied, it’s not just a Southern thing. Thick bologna grilled in a pan and then served on white bread or a hard roll with mustard is a big deal in New Jersey and throughout Pennsylvania, particularly the Pennsylvania Dutch country and around Pittsburgh. It’s great. The problem is finding really good bologna in Florida.

  • 5 South Ocean // May 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Start with 4 slices of “Moscar” (Oscar Mayer) bologna. Make four cuts in the outside edges, so that, when fried, the bologna doesn’t curl, but resembles a pinwheel. (You can make these cuts with a knife, but if your mother won’t let you play with knives, you can use scissors — but not the ‘good scissors.’) Fry it in butter, until just starting to get crusty bits on the surface.

    When it’s done, keep the bologna warm and toast two slices of white bread in the butter/bologna grease still in the pan. Toast both sides, like making grilled cheese without the cheese.

    When toasted to your desired doneness, place the pinwheels of bologna on one slice of bread, mayonnaise and mustard on the other, and put the sandwich together.

    Assume the ‘eaters hunch’ — slightly leaned forward, shoulders hunched forward, elbows akimbo — and enjoy.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

  • 6 Michael // Aug 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Man … If you never had fried bologna you don’t know what you’re missing but it has to be that good all meat bologna tho. None of that doughy cheap stuff. Mustard and/or Mayonaise, pickles onions tomatoes lettuce cheese bread lightly toasted. Umm sooo so good.

  • 7 breann // Sep 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I love fried bologna sandwiches with ketchup!

  • 8 Harry Balczak // Sep 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Wherever it’s from it is disgusting

  • 9 Annie // Feb 23, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I’m from the Canadian Maritimes and fried baloney is popular with the elderly or people from the north of our provinces. In my experience it’s just fried solo in a pan sans butter and served either on two slices of toasted white bread or as a side for pancakes.

  • 10 Mike // Apr 26, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I moved from NYC were i lived up until last year, until i moved down to NC. Couple guys down here insisted i try it. Probably one of the most disgusting sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. Reason being, they cut the bologna like 1 inch thick. Way too much.

  • 11 Shayla // Jun 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I live in central Florida and i grew up with my granny making me this sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner sometimes. i love it. its more than 25 years later and i eat it for lunch or breakfast at least twice a month. — Three slices of fried bologna (well done, well.. not well well done but black around the edges and more black fried spots in the middle) and yellow mustard on each slice of your choosing of bread. Now, this is where timing comes in.. spread the mustard on each slice of bread, sprinkle shredded cheese on one of the slices of bread, cook bologna to liking ( i like mine crispy, way better bite.) once ready place one slice of bologna on shredded cheese side, sprinkle more cheese on top of bologna, add second slice, sprinkle shredded cheese on the slice of mustard covered bread that we have not touched since the start of this, then place the last slice of bologna on top (this allows for the shredded cheese not to fall when you place the two sides together.) place two halves together and take a bite.. see where that takes you my friend.

  • 12 Murray Moore // Jul 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I love fried bologna, just put it in the skillet, let her brown if it gets a black and burnt that’s ok, also in white bread, have some fried taters and I’m licking my chops.

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