Guest Author - Amy R. Kendall
It seems like many southern foods are fried, you have things like Fried Apple Pies, Fried Chicken, Fried Salmon Patties, and now Fried Bologna. As a transplant to the south I was taken aback the first time I was asked by a friend to make some fried bologna for breakfast.
What in the world was fried bologna? Visions of sliced bologna floating in a vat of grease flew past my mind before I admitted to my friend, “I have never heard of fried bologna.” Most other fried foods require a bit of prep and some oil for frying but fried bologna requires nothing but the bologna itself. How much easier can it get.
Fried bologna tastes great on its own but can also be used in sandwiches, omelets, salads, and so on. One of my favorite ways to eat fried bologna is with a fried egg on an English muffin. A recipe I am going to share with you right now.
Fried Bologna & Egg Sandwich
English muffin or bread, toasted
Bologna (any kind works fine; turkey, low fat, beef, etc.)
Sliced cheese, if desired
Pickled banana peppers, if desired
Spread a thin layer of Mayonnaise on 2 pieces of toasted muffin or bread and set aside. In a non-stick skillet place one or more slices of bologna with red plastic edge removed. Depending on the size of the skillet you are using you can fry up to 4 pieces at a time.
Using a knife or fork cut bologna in 3 places evenly spaced around edge. Your cuts will be about an inch in length going from the edge towards the middle. This helps prevent the bologna from puckering up while frying.
Heat skillet over medium heat and cook bologna until it turns dark brown, flip carefully with fork or spatula to fry other side. Remove from pan and place on toast. Crack an egg into the hot pan and cook egg over medium heat in bologna grease. If you use low fat bologna there won’t be much grease so if you are using a non-stick skillet you can cook the egg without adding anything, otherwise add a little butter or oil to fry egg in.
Fry egg until cooked to your desired consistency, seasoning with salt and pepper. Place egg on top of fried bologna on your toast and then top with cheese and pickled peppers if desired. Add top piece of toasted muffin or bread and eat hot. YUM!