A bologna sandwich is a ho-hum but ubiquitous lunch option. Especially in the South, this sandwich gets a variation as a fried bologna sandwich. It's simple to make. Just fling the bologna onto a lightly buttered griddle or nonstick pan and fry it up until it's browned. The thicker the cut of bologna, the better, so ask for it from the deli counter instead of buying it prepackaged. It's a Southern favorite on the level of tomato sandwiches. And yes, you can top it with tomatoes. You can also heap on chili, slaw, cheese or mustard to a fried bologna sandwich for variety.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 to 2 slices thick-cut bologna
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
- 2 slices white bread
- Heat the canola oil in a nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat.
- Place the bologna in the pan and cook until brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
- Top with a slice of American cheese and remove the pan from the heat.
- Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread. Top one slice of bread with the fried bologna and melted cheese and add the second piece of bread to make a sandwich. For a more upscale version, use artisan or French bread or a brioche bun instead of white bread.
Add tomatoes to get some healthy food in the bargain. Or top with chili for a hearty sandwich that's heavy on meat and flavor. Mix mustard with the mayo for a different sauce.
To add some bite, go for mustard straight-up as a condiment. That opens up more choices. You can go for the usual variety, yellow mustard, which is the most mellow and the all-around go-to choice. Want more heat? Go for spicy brown, which amps up the firepower and is robust enough to match the strong flavor of a fried bologna sandwich. Dijon mustard packs a lot of punch but in a more sophisticated way than spicy brown. Whole-grain mustard has the punch of Dijon and significant texture to make it a satisfying choice on a fried bologna sandwich.
A fried bologna sandwich makes a powerful statement. The sides are definitely not the main attraction, but they balance out the heaviness -- and the guilt-ridden, bad-for-you vibe -- of this sandwich. The usual suspects are all good choices: cream or vinegar slaw, homegrown tomatoes if they are not on the sandwich, pasta salad filled with veggies or potato salad. Less healthy but tasty with this sandwich: french fries or potato chips -- kettle cooked sea salt and vinegar, sea salt and pepper or plain are the best choices.
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