Although it’s National Bologna Day in the USA, this food item originates from Bologna, Italy.
Another food you may recognize from Bologna is Pasta Bolognese.
Made of finely ground pork and lard, and more alternately made with chicken, turkey, beef or venison, bologna has a distinct flavor when it comes to deli meat, similar to that of Mortadella.
Still, from time to time, I crave a bologna sandwich. I don’t even care about the brand name of the meat.
Actually, as far as taste goes, the flavor is similar to hot dog wieners.
There are quite a few dishes where chopped bologna easily replaces other meat.
For instance, when I suppose times were tough & meat scarce, I remember my mom sauteing cabbage with onions & bologna, and we thought we were having a special dish. Bologna added to sauerkraut is very tasty too.
Also, I recall replacing ham & eggs with bologna & eggs, and it is quite delicious as well.
If you have the bologna cut specially at 1/4 – 1/2 inches thick, it sautes up beautifully, served with pan gravy & mashed potatoes. It can make a substantial inexpensive main dish.
Actually, anywhere you might use sausage, bologna is a good substitute.
Hopefully, you’ll think about bologna at other times than just National Bologna Day, especially when you’re in a main dish pinch.
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