And the battle of the fried bologna sandwiches was ON! I first made my hubby a breakfast-style one with fried eggs and cheese, so I definitely had to go for it and make a killer one for myself, too! Not being much into breakfast food, I made mine for lunch, and…let’s just say…OMFreakingGAWD was it good! This Fried Bologna & Bacon Sandwich with Cheese was like running into your best friend when you were 10!!
I think I actually shed a tear.
While smiling from ear to ear.
(Sorry…couldn’t stop myself.) But seriously, this is truly a wonderful sandwich!
Don’t believe anyone that tells you that a fried bologna sandwich isn’t good. They must’ve just had a bad one, or just plain don’t know how to make it good. All there is to it.
I mean, really…what’s not to love about this??!! Right?!!
There are some things that you’ll need to know, to make this an incredibly delicious experience, though.
Everything starts with a great foundation to build on. So, start with a GOOD, deli-style bologna, and not just those terribly wimpy-thin slices in vacuum-sealed plastic from Aisle 10 of your local super-saver mart, if you know what I mean.
Get the good stuff. From your neighborhood butcher if you can, or at least the deli section of your grocery store.
We personally love a good garlic bologna! But you could venture to any style you like, even a nice mortadella with pistachios! Just be sure to have them slice it at least 1/3 of an inch thick, though. You can certainly go thicker if you’d like. A half of an inch isn’t unheard of, and I’ve even seen popular restaurants slice it as thick as an INCH!
But sad to say, deli meats aren’t cheap. Even bologna. So be wise and make sure you’re going to get several sandwiches, and not just 2 or 3. It’s still more sensible than eating out, but let’s be real. We don’t want to spend ten dollars on two bologna sandwiches.
Especially if you’re trying to feed your whole family.
So just ask for thick-cut, thicker than sandwich-style for these and you’ll get at least 5 double sandwiches or 10 single layer sandwiches out of a pound.
That DEFINITELY makes it reasonable, and certainly worth doing.
So. Once you have your bologna home, you’ll want to make cuts into the center from the outside going inward. This will prevent your bologna from curling up into a not-so-friendly for sandwiches, bowl-like shape.
Heat up some real butter in a hot pan, cast iron preferably, so that you can get some nice browning….
…and fry them on each side until gorgeously browned!
This is going to smell so good, that you’re not even going to believe it!
And aren’t they pretty? Like happy little flowers!
From here, you can make your sandwich any which way you choose! My hubby preferred fried eggs and cheese on his, as you can see below!
By I’m more of a lunch girl myself! Eggs just aren’t my thing.
So I went WHOLE hog wild and in addition to white American cheese, I added two strips of peppered bacon, my homemade garlic dill refrigerator pickles….
….and thinly sliced red onion on mine!!
I smeared the inside top of my bun, (that I toasted in the leftover butter in the pan), with my homemade Creamy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing & Dip, and….
I couldn’t even speak. I just quietly savored each and every juicy, cheesy, beefy, bacon-y, bite that was knee-weakening delicious.
The combination could not have been better. It was plain – – and simply – – perfect.
I had basic ones when I was a kid staying at my Grandma and Grandpa Campbell’s house. And though they were delicious, don’t get me wrong, this was just outstanding. It truly was.
So, I finally convinced my hubby that “fried bologna sandwiches” are not evil, he has added garlic bologna to the next grocery list; and, frankly, I can’t wait to create a few more myself!
Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated, snooty, and trendy to be good. Sometimes the simplest of ingredients prove to be the best.
And this is one of them.
So don’t snub the old-school stuff. Please do give this a try and see if this changes your mind, too! It certainly changed my hubby’s mind, and I have a feeling this Fried Bologna & Bacon Sandwich with Cheese will become a favorite of yours, too! Enjoy!!
- 2 Tbl. Minerva Dairy Amish Butter
- 2 extra-thick slices deli garlic bologna
- 2 slices white American cheese, the unwrapped kind preferably**
- 2 lean thick-cut slices crisp-cooked peppered bacon, torn in half
- 3 of my Homemade Garlic Dill Pickle Slices, or store-bought
- paper-thin slices red onion
- my Honey Mustard Salad Dressing, or whatever sandwich condiment you prefer
- 1 hamburger bun, toasted in pan of butter
- Cut into garlic bologna slices around edges 4 - 5 times cutting in about halfway or less. (*This prevents bologna from curling up while frying.)
- In cast iron skillet or frying pan, add butter, and melt over medium heat. Add slices of bologna, and fry each side until both sides are lightly browned. (Turning once or twice as needed.)
- Remove to a plate and top each with a slice of cheese. Cover with a domed lid to melt cheese and keep hot.
- While pan of butter is hot, place buns into pan, cut side down, and toast. (When done, spread insides with my Honey Mustard Dressing or any condiments you might like such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, etc.)
- Place bottom bun onto serving plate, top with one slice fried bologna with melted cheese, top with one slice of bacon torn in half. Repeat. Top with pickle slices and red onion.
- Place on top bun and enjoy!
**I prefer to purchase the unwrapped, sliced white American Cheese by Land O'Lakes because the slices are thicker, and less plastic goes into our landfills.