My Bologna has a First Name…..

It’s O-s-c-a-r.  My bologna has a second name, it’s M-a-y-e-r.  

Are you singing it yet?   Watch thisand you’ll be singing it all day (or night, since it’s 11:40pm as I write).  You’re welcome. 

Oh, and hello there.  It’s been a while, again.  I could curse about the pain-in-the-butt it has been to get Internet up and running in our new place.  It’s only taken three weeks. 

Yes, three weeks.  I was mad, and losing my mind, but I’m over it and  we’re finally up and running.  Finally.

My mother is to blame for the bologna. 

She is from the East Coast, a Jersey girl.  She lived there until she was 18 years old and she’s still got some East Coast flavor in her.  She says things like “wooter” for water.  We still chuckle every time she says it.  She’ll do just about anything to get her hands on a TastyKake and a good, authentic Philly Cheese steak Sandwich.  And she loves, loves, loves a fried bologna sandwich.  A what?  Yes, a fried b-o-l-o-g-n-a sandwich.  She claims it’s an East Coast thing too?  Growing up I’d see her making one for herself on occasion, but never tried it.  It wasn’t until I was in college and visiting home once that I had any interest in actually trying one.

And I wish I never had.

Because bologna really shouldn’t be a girl’s best friend.  And frying it, well, just makes it worse and all the less friendly.  But Oscar Mayer does have a way and a fried bologna sandwich is really really good.  And ever since I made it for dinner a couple of weeks ago, the hubby’s been asking for it again.  And again.  And I can’t make him something and not partake.  It’s nearly impossible. 

But it doesn’t look that bad, right?

It’s all done in one pan.  The most important part is making four little slices in the bologna, otherwise the middle bubbles up.   You don’t want a bubbly piece of bologna.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure my mom used big, soft hoagie rolls for hers.  I went with whole grain bread.

You get the gist right?  

 Easy and tasty.  Bologna is back. Well, once and a while.

Fried Bologna Sandwich
2 slices whole grain bread
2 slices of bologna (you can use turkey bologna too)
1 slice provolone cheese
2-3 tomato slices
Spray a medium sized frying pan with Pam and set to medium-high heat.
Cut four small slices in bologna (cutting too close to the middle makes it hard to flip. My slices pictured above were even a little long). Place bologna on frying pan. While one side is cooking, butter one side of each of the bread slices. 
After 2-3 minutes, flip bologna onto other side.  Place a slice of provolone cheese on one slice of bologna. Place buttered side of both bread slices down on the pan. 
Cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Place the slice of bologna with cheese on a slice of bread (cheese up).  Place your tomato slices on the frying pan as well and cook for about a minute.  Spread mustard on the other slice of bread. 
Assemble tomato slices on top of the cheese, then top with the other slice of bologna.  Top with the other piece of bread.

serves one


  1. Amanda@runninghood April 7, 2011

    I have to say that if I don’t think about what Bologna is made with and how it is processed then this sandwich does look tasty! :) Especially at 11 p.m when I want to just raid the kitchen. 😉 So glad I didn’t listen to the song because I’m sure i’d have it in my head for days. :)

  2. Jody, RD April 7, 2011

    My whole family is from Philadelphia and my mom used to make fried bologna sandwiches when she was pregnant with my little brother. What a hoot!

  3. Looks good. I love your mom! And I have missed you. Been wondering if you were OK! Glad you are back…

  4. Lauren and Zach April 7, 2011

    Yay, so glad you are back and that you are getting all settled in your new place! Zach would love this recipe!!

  5. East Coast girl here (NJ)…replace that bologna with taylor ham! SO much better!

  6. @ Melissa,

    What is Taylor Ham? It’s gotta be healthier and still delicious, right?

  7. Brittany April 8, 2011

    Saw this on foodgawker- my mom used to make these for me when I was a kid minus the cheese though. Just fried bologna w/ mayo and mustard.

  8. Merut April 10, 2011

    Thanks – now I have that song stuck in my head. And I don’t even like bologna. It reminds me of spam with the mystery aspect of it. But to be fair, this does look like a tasty sandwich and I’m not surprised that your husband is in love with it!

  9. Kevin May 4, 2011

    Nice looking sandwich! It has been far too long since I last had a fried bologna sandwich!

  10. Heather August 7, 2011

    Love fried bologna sandwiches. I usually use mayo instead of mustard on them. My husband had never heard of them before and looked at me really strangely when I first made one.


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