Bolognese schmolanese, who needs pure beef to make great, Italian meals when there are deli meats like old-fashioned bologna there for the taking? For centuries, Italian-Americans have been using the hickory-smoked, pork and beef delight to whip up a variety of tasty meals. Can anyone say, “Fried bologna sandwiches and faux ham spread?” So, why not reach for a two-pound roll and rediscover what our parents and grandparents have known for years? Old-fashioned bologna is one of the most versatile deli meats available.

Remember how your elderly relatives would put chunks of bologna into the food processor and use the shredded mixture to make deviled ham spread and salads? Well, that mixture is good for more than just that. You could use it to make a stroganoff, casserole, meat sauce, stuffed bell peppers or lasagna. Simply treat the ground bologna like you would hamburger meat or pork. If done right, it will deliver a similar texture and outstanding flavor.

Still not sure if old-fashioned bologna is all that and a jar of pickles? Check out what we found on the Food Network. It’s a brown sugar-crusted, baked bologna recipe that is a real jaw-dropper. Maybe you watched Chef Emeril or Chef Jamie prepare it on television. They typically use brown sugar and Dijon mustard to make their out of this world, baked bologna. However, you could try making it with any number of our sweet, hot and spicy specialty sauces. Like really, just imagine how awesome it would be to given a fork full of barbecue, baked bologna.

Want one more great way to use old-fashioned bologna? Try wrapping your mouth around one of Pillsbury’s baked bologna and cheese roll-ups. They’re made with refrigerated dough, old-fashioned bologna and Wisconsin cheese spread or specialty cheeses. Of course you could also substitute the bologna for other deli meats instead. To learn more about making the most of our deli meats, cheeses and other gourmet goodies, please contact Deli Direct today.

Enjoying simply delicious comfort food today is an easy way to refresh cherished memories of your childhood. Life seemed so simple then, when aromas of your mom’s cooking were wafting through your house when you got home from school. You got to see the pot on the stove getting the potatoes ready to mash, and you could hardly wait for the meatloaf to come out of the oven. Those were the days when you did not count calories, and playing outside worked them off anyway.

Favorite Snack after School

Your walk or ride home from school gave you time to anticipate eating a bologna sandwich to sustain you until dinner time. Either your mom had it ready and waiting for you, or you got the mayo and bread to make one for yourself.

The flavor of old fashioned bologna is just as pleasing today as it was then, even though you may prefer whole grain bread with some fancy lettuce now. Two slices of bologna on toast with onion, pickle relish and lettuce can update your favorite childhood snack into a nutritious and filling lunch as you dream of bygone days.

Another Great Snack

On the days when your mom did not have old fashioned bologna in the refrigerator or when you wanted a change of pace for your afternoon snack, peanut butter and jelly was a perfect choice. Grape jelly is a perfect match for peanut butter, and the pure sweetness of strawberry jam is equally tasty. Any jam, jelly or preserves accents peanut butter and provides an excellent source of nutrition.

Main Meal for Dinner

Some moms served old fashioned bologna with macaroni and cheese for dinner, and pan frying it made it a special treat. As a meal filled with protein and rich nutrients for a busy family, it was an inexpensive way to get healthy sustenance into every member of the family.

For Sunday dinner or when company was expected, a pot roast with potatoes and carrots was the star of the show. Almost every kitchen had a pressure cooker, and moms who learned how to master it created culinary masterpieces. Having a tender and tasty roast ready to serve without any tending gave your mom a break from last minute tasks in the kitchen. She enjoyed the same kind of convenience that you have with your crock pot.

One of the neatest things about enjoying an old fashioned bologna sandwich now is that it helps you remember some of your mom’s favorite dishes. The flavor of a bologna sandwich helps you put everything into perspective in the busy lifestyle that surrounds you and your family today.

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