EDITOR’S NOTE (January 7, 2020): Added interesting info and one new photo.
Bologna is one of America’s favorite processed luncheon meats.
This recipe is for all of us who love a fried bologna sandwich… and newbies ready for their first bite.
Superb with layers of melted cheddar cheese, crispy lettuce, and sliced tomatoes.
Fried bologna is also good sandwiched between toasted white or wheat bread.
A Facebook friend likes her bologna sandwich loaded with homemade chili and coleslaw. Wow-a-licious!
Bologna is a sausage made with a blend of meat (beef, pork, turkey), fat, salt, and spices, which are stuffed into a red casing and smoked.
Stuffed red casings are sold in whole rolls or slices. Yes, the red ring around a slice of bologna is the casing.
Source: Google research.
Crisp fried bologna is delicious on toasted wheat bread slathered with mayo, mustard or both.
Potato chips and corn twists add fabulous flavor and a crunchy texture.
Bologna is named after the Italian city of the same name, but they call it mortadella, which is a sausage with bits of lard and peppercorns in it. American bologna is distinctly different, but still loved by multitudes.
National Bologna Day in the United States is October 24, 2020.
What’s on your sandwich? Please share in comments section.
I like to slather apricot jam and mustard and a layer of potato chips. Garnish with dill pickles. Very good.
Juicy Oscar Mayer Facts
Born in Germany in 1859, Oscar J. Mayer came to the U.S. at age 14 and learned the meat-making trade in Chicago.
In his twenties, he and his brother Gottfried leased out a struggling meat plant.
Within a matter of months, the brothers made it profitable.
A wicked plot designed to steal their success failed. The plant’s owner refused to renew their lease, hoping to continue the Mayers’ success story himself.
The entrepreneurs developed a smart strategy that solved the problem.
Oscar and Gottfried borrowed $10,000, opened another shop, and proceeded to make a fortune selling old-world sausages, bacon, and lard. They went on to build an empire.
Oscar Mayer struggled through the ’80s when processed meat was losing popularity.
Lunchables were introduced in 1988 and helped Oscar Mayer regain its former glory.
The product was ingenious. Oscar Mayer used the same bologna sold for years and packaged it with crackers and cheese. Marketed as a way for children to create their own meal.
In its first year, Lunchables brought in $317 million, and currently bring in an estimated $1 billion annually.
Enjoy the recipe!