Gourmet Fried Bologna Sandwich Recipe Is The Only Lunch Treat You'll Ever Need

There's nothing quite like the combination of mustard, bologna, and bread when you want a delicious yet fast meal anytime of the day (yes, even breakfast). That said, chef and recipe developer Angela Latimer at Bake it with Love has put her own twist on the fried bologna sandwich recipe, creating a gourmet version of the lunchtime classic by adding cheddar cheese, garlic butter, Dijon mustard and a toasted ciabatta bun.

"This is an extremely easy sandwich to make," Latimer says. "The bologna fries up quickly, so it's just a matter of having everything ready to assemble, and you can enjoy the sandwich while still warm."

Although this classic dish can be eaten by itself, Latimer suggests pairing it with a bowl of fresh fruit, a small salad, or potatoes. "Of course, fries are a great standby, so I would opt for piping hot potato wedges if I went that route," she adds.

Whether you plan on incorporating a side dish or not, this gourmet fried bologna sandwich recipe only takes 8 minutes total to make, so you'll be diving into bologna in no time. 

Gather the ingredients for the Gourmet Fried Bologna Sandwich

First, you'll need to gather the ingredients to make your sandwich. To make one sandwich, you'll need a ciabatta roll, 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter, ½ teaspoon of garlic salt (or garlic powder and salt combined in equal parts), four to five slices of bologna (the outer peel can be removed, if needed), two slices of sharp white cheddar cheese, two leaves of green leaf lettuce, three to four slices of red onion, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.

Make the garlic butter and toast the buns

Next, mash together the butter and garlic salt –– until the garlic salt is well distributed throughout the butter. Then spread the butter mixture equally between the top and bottom bun of the ciabatta roll.

Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Place the top and bottom buns on the pan, and then brown them for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden. Remove the buns from the pan and set them aside.

Heat the bologna

If you haven't removed the outer peel of the bologna yet, now is the time to do so –– if you fancy your bologna without it, that is.

The skillet will already be hot from toasting the buns, so you can go ahead and place two to four slices of bologna on the pan so that the pieces fit without overlapping. You might need to cook the bologna in batches if they don't fit. 

Sear the bologna for about 1 minute per side or until lightly browned, then remove the bologna from the pan and set the slices aside. Continue cooking more slices as needed.

Assemble the gourmet fried bologna sandwich

It's time to put the ingredients together and stack the gourmet fried bologna sandwich.

First, spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on the bottom bun. Next, place the fried bologna slices on top of the bottom bun. You can fold the slices for height, which is purely for looks, and feel free to place additional slices on top of each other in slightly different directions for the best layering effect. 

Place the sliced sharp white cheddar cheese on the warm bologna, then add the lettuce leaves and sliced red onion. Finally, spread 1 tablespoon of the Dijon mustard on the top half of the ciabatta roll, close the sandwich, and enjoy!

If you're looking for extra crunch and flavor, pickles are a nice addition. "Pickles are one of my fave sandwich toppings –– feel free to use your own," says Latimer.

Gourmet Fried Bologna Sandwich Recipe Is The Only Lunch Treat You'll Ever Need
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With white cheddar, garlic butter, Dijon, and a toasted ciabatta bun, this gourmet fried bologna sandwich recipe is the only lunch treat you'll ever need.
Prep Time
5
minutes
Cook Time
3
minutes
Servings
1
Serving
Finished bologna sandwich on ciabatta bun with lettuce
Total time: 8 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt (or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder mixed with ¼ teaspoon salt)
  • 4 to 5 slices bologna, outer peel removed if desired
  • 2 slices sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 3 to 4 slices red onion
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Directions
  1. Combine the butter and garlic salt until the garlic salt is well distributed throughout the butter. Spread the butter mixture equally on the cut sides of the roll.
  2. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and brown the bun pieces for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden. Remove the roll from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Place 2 to 4 slices of bologna on a frying pan so that they fit without overlapping. Sear the bologna for about 1 minute per side or until lightly browned.
  4. Remove the bologna from the pan and set the slices aside. Continue cooking more slices as needed.
  5. Assemble the sandwich: Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on the bottom bun. Place the fried bologna slices on top, folding the slices for height or placing them with the folded sides facing different directions for the best layered effect.
  6. Top the warm bologna with the white sharp cheddar cheese. Add the lettuce leaves and sliced red onion.
  7. Spread 1 tablespoon of the Dijon mustard on the top half of the ciabatta roll. Close the sandwich and enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 1,186
Total Fat 73.2 g
Saturated Fat 31.6 g
Trans Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 168.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 72.3 g
Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
Total Sugars 13.7 g
Sodium 2,364.9 mg
Protein 43.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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