Three Cheers for Deli Meats: Ode to Old-Fashioned Bologna

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.

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