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The East Texas Fried Bologna Sandwich

The East Texas Fried Bologna Sandwich

The Humble Yet Beloved: The East Texas Fried Bologna Sandwich

The East Texas Fried Bologna Sandwich is a true testament to the power of simple ingredients. This sandwich takes bologna, a classic lunchmeat, elevates it with a quick pan-fry, and layers it with cheese, fresh vegetables, and your favorite condiments on toasted bread. It's a delicious and budget-friendly meal that's perfect for a quick lunch, a satisfying snack, or a nostalgic taste of home.


  • For the Savory Star:

    • Slices of your favorite bologna (pre-sliced or deli cut)
  • For the Creamy Base:

    • Mayonnaise or mustard (or your preferred spread)
  • For the Fresh Fixings:

    • Tomatoes, sliced
    • Onion, sliced (optional)
  • For the Melty Goodness:

    • Cheese slices (your choice)
  • For the Bread Basket:

    • Hamburger buns or your preferred bread (toasted)
  • For a Touch of Texas (Optional):

    • Your favorite potato chips


  1. Prep is Key: While your pan heats up over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil, prepare the sandwich components. If you purchased pre-sliced deli bologna, you can skip this step. However, if you're using a whole bologna log, remove the red casing ends if present. Toast your bread slices to your desired level of crispness. Chop your vegetables and have your cheese slices ready.

  2. The Art of Frying Bologna: Once the pan is hot, add the bologna slices. Bologna cooks quickly, so it's best to have everything prepped before adding it to the pan. You'll hear a satisfying sizzle as the bologna hits the hot oil. As the bologna cooks, you'll notice the center start to rise.

  3. Curb the Curl: To prevent the bologna from curling excessively while cooking, make two diagonal slits in the center of each slice. Some prefer to do this step before adding the bologna to the pan.

  4. Golden Perfection: Fry the bologna slices for 3 minutes per side over medium heat. You're aiming for a beautiful golden brown color on the outside, with a slight char for a touch of caramelized flavor.

  5. Building Your Masterpiece: Once cooked, remove the bologna from the pan and drain any excess grease on a paper towel. Now it's time to assemble your sandwich! Spread your chosen condiment (mayonnaise or mustard) on the toasted bread slices. Layer the bologna on the bread, followed by your cheese, tomato slices, and onion (if using).

  6. The Texas Touch (Optional): For a true East Texas twist, grab a bag of your favorite potato chips and enjoy them alongside your sandwich.

  7. Enjoy!: Take a bite of this delicious and simple East Texas Fried Bologna Sandwich. The combination of textures and flavors is sure to satisfy your taste buds.