Forget what you knew about bologna sandwiches, this is a modern take on the “fried” bologna sandwich! Bologna is lightly pan-fried and topped with super simple beer cheese and jalapenos!
I have lived in Ohio my whole life, and I’ve only attended the state fair once.
I went when I was young, but I do not remember anything about that trip, except for having a vague recollection of enjoying myself.
Nevertheless, the state fair has a certain amount of nostalgic appeal to me. It makes me think of books like Charlotte’s Web, where the fair was a big deal. It was something to look forward to; it was an event.
The sites and smells are precisely what you expect when you come to the state fair. The traveling musicians give an old-time feel with the big tuba and their pinstriped shirts.
The food is plentiful, whether you want fried buckeyes (a must around here), a roast beef sundae, grilled corn or BBQ, the fair has it all!
From the dog shows to the animal shows (catch the pig races for sure) and the livestock competitions remind you that agriculture is the foundation of the fair, while the rides looming in the horizon and the roaming entertainment are pure family fun.
You cannot avoid social media, even at the fair. Entertainers ask to connect with you on Snapchat, and food vendors love sharing their facebook page, but you somehow get the feeling that you are entirely removed from our modern distractions.
The fair brings all sorts of people together; it is a place to lay it all aside for one day and have fun!
You don’t go to the fair to eat a salad; you have to let your diet go and eat things you don’t usually allow yourself to indulge in. My tribute to fair food is this simple “fried” bologna sandwich.
Bologna was all the rage when I was growing up, but turkey has since taken its place. It is super flavorful and holds up to many toppings.
How To Make Fried Bologna Sandwich
For starters, try to purchase good, quality bologna for this recipe from the deli counter, I quickly found good bologna at my local Kroger. Side note, the woman at the counter laughed at me when I asked for shaved bologna.
Little did she know how amazing that bologna was going to taste!
“Fry” the bologna in a hot skillet that has been lightly greased with olive oil and heated to medium high. Heat the bologna until the edges begin to brown up and turn crispy, and then set it aside,
For the beer cheese, combine Queso flavored Velveeta, milk, and beer in a small saucepan. Cook the cheese until melted and smooth, whisking constantly.,
Stuff two brioche sub rolls with the hot bologna, drizzle the hot beer cheese over the sub rolls and top each one with pickled jalapenos!
If you grew up in the ’70s, then you will know that this upscale bologna sandwich is a far cry from the white bread, mayo and mustard sandwich that we ate most often.
What Pairs Well With Bologna Sandwich
Serve this sandwich with oven fried green tomatoes ,oven baked pickle chips and sweet ginger peach lemonade! This sandwich is here to convince you to give that nostalgic sandwich another look. Retro is in, and it’s delicious!
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- 3/4 lb shaved bologna
- 4 oz processed cheese, queso flavored, cubed
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoons beer
- 1/4 sliced, pickled jalapeños
- 2 brioche sub rolls
Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and heat over medium heat. Add bologna and pan "fry" just until crispy. Be sure to stir the bologna with tongs or a fork so that it doesn't stick to the pan and to ensure that each piece gets crispy.
Meanwhile, place cubed processed cheese and milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until mixture is smooth. Whisk in the beer.
Divide the crispy bologna between the two rolls, drizzle with cheese and top with jalapenos. Serve immediately.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 1482 Total Fat 92g Saturated Fat 38g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 42g Cholesterol 344mg Sodium 3780mg Carbohydrates 88g Fiber 3g Sugar 22g Protein 72g