I never miss school...except when I think of school lunch. Call me crazy, but I loved school lunch. One lunch I especially loved was the flying saucer, which, if I remember correctly, was little more than a bologna sandwich, heated with cheese on a bun and then wrapped in foil. So yummy.
Recently, I was on a trip to Buffalo to visit family, and my Uncle Duff took us out to the Buffalo Brew Pub. They had a section of Buffalo staples on the menu and one was a bologna sandwich....now when my Uncle Duff heard I had never had a Buffalo style bologna sandwich, he insisted I try it.
Buffalo bologna sandwiches and I are now besties.
You have to get your deli to cut these special for you. I told the lady at the deli to cut them "like a ham steak" and she did a great job. These two slices are a quarter pound each. So you would ask for a half pound of bologna, slice in half basically.
I freeze my peppers in season and this year was no exception, so I just threw some in the pan along with an onion and some olive oil and fried these suckers up good.
Once they are done, remove them to a bowl until you are ready to top yoru bologna with them.
Oh, AND, for the buns, you want those big kaiser style ones. Hamburger buns will do in a pinch, but really, you want them a might bit bigger than a hamburger bun can offer.
This is also the place where we should talk about condiments because my husband and I have different ideas about this sort of thing. First of all, I don't think that any condiment besides mustard is appropriate for this sandwich, but I am not the condiment police, so let's start there.
My husband thinks that this sandwich requires ketchup.
No judgments....just sayin' that I think all it needs is mustard.
There, I said it.
Let's talk cheese. I have been swooning over this amazing New York style cheddar cheese with buffalo sauce it in it. Yes, it's a spicy cheese. I love spicy and I love cheese, so for me, this was a match made in a cheese/spice heaven. You can really use any kind of cheese you like.
Cheddar is betta, but spicy is nicey.
Hehe....I'm so cheesy, it's coming out of my fingers through teh keyboard and into this blog post. I hope you can handle that cheese.
I burned my bologna.
You can just fry yours for two minutes on each side....
If you do burn it, though, like I did...you can just cover it up with cheese. It'll be our little secret.
Now throw your cheesy bologna on the bun and top it with those lovely peppers and onions.
If I had a bigger mouth, I would have eaten it in one big, juicy, Buffalo-style bite!
I think my Uncle Duffy would be very proud!!!
Billie's Buffalo Style Bologna Sandwich
Time: 15-20 minutes | Serves 2 | Difficulty: Easy
You Will Need:
1 small onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 THICK slices bologna
4 slices of cheese, your choice
2 Kaiser rolls
Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Add your pepper and onion and fry for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are are nice and soft. Remove to a bowl when done frying.
Slice your kaiser rolls in half, put them on plates and put on your mustard.
In that same skillet, lower the heat to medium and fry your bologna for two minutes on each side. Try not to burn them, as I did....however, if you do, cover up the evidence of the burn with two slices of cheese on each slice of bologna. I like to put my cheese on while the last side fries so it gets "melty."
Place your fried bologna and cheese on the buns. Top with the fried peppers and onions. Eat and just enjoy life because you are devouring a very tasty bologna sandwich!!!!