Grown Up Bologna Sandwich

The Grown Up Bologna Sandwich

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Did you grow up on fried bologna sandwiches?

Or even plain bologna sandwiches?

I was having a conversation with my Southern blogger friend, Adam, a while back about these and we decided to have a joint bologna-sandwich-off.

He’ll be showcasing his old school version, and today, I’m giving you my grown ass version.

I’m owning this bitch.

Fried bologna, Mozzarella cheese, fried onion strings, avocado mayo, green leaf lettuce, and Sriracha all piled up pretty on Texas toast.

Yes, I said fried onions strings.

And by bologna I mean “baloney” – at least that’s the way we pronounce it here in Alabama. I mean, who in the hell says “bahlagnah“.

Um…I would say no one.

As a kid, that was one of my very favorite sandwiches. It was very simple; white bread, fried bologna (of course), cheese and tons of mayonnaise.

I LOVED, loved, loved them; comfort food at its best.

Yes, yes I know it’s probably disgusting if you look at what it’s made of. But if you had these as a kid you can’t deny how awesome they were.

I’m just sayin’.

Now, here’s what you don’t do – look at the damn ingredients on the back of the bologna package.

I mean, seriously, if you think about it, at 10 years old did we look at the back of a lunch meat package to check out the ingredients/preservatives/etc.?

Hell no.

Did we look at the back of anything to check anything out?


We didn’t give a shit; we were hungry and we ate food. Then we ran back outside and played until the street lights came on.

And we lived.

So, now it’s Sriracha, fried onions and avocado mayo??

Hell yeah it is.

This is my version at almost 39-years-old. Am I seriously about to be that old??

Wait, when did that happen?


Now, go see Adam, from Unorthodox Epicure, and check out his old school bologna sandwich. Seriously, though, there really is nothing like old school.

Here’s your printable-


The Grown Up Bologna Sandwich


  • 1/4 avocado, ripe and mashed
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 3 slices Texas toast, toasted
  • 6 slices bologna, fried
  • 2 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • Fried onion strings or onion rings
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Sriracha


  • Combine the mashed avocado with mayo. Slather on toasted bread.
  • Add 1/2 bologna, cheese, onion strings, Sriracha and lettuce.
  • Repeat.
  • Eat.
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  • Joyce
    April 2, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    There are some foods I like to fancy up, but a fried bologna sandwich should just be simple, easy and quick. What I remember was just…fry some bologna, spread the bread with mayo and mustard, slap on the bologna and enjoy. Lettuce makes it fancy, but I suppose I’d slap that on there too. I’ll make the first one basic and simple, and maybe I’ll graduate to fancy.

  • Jeorge Herbert
    September 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Great Recipe, but why the foul language?

  • Adam J. Holland
    September 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Jeorge – Seriously? Because this is a great fucking sandwich! Damn, man. Quit worrying about Shea’s goddamn language and make this motherfucker! It beats the shit out of most stuff. Just fucking saying, man.

  • Shea
    September 11, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Jeorge, I’m gonna refer you to Adam’s reply. Thanks so much for your fucking comment 🙂

  • Kim | Mom, Can I Have That?
    June 11, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    If my mom made me a baloney sandwich like this one, I would have eaten it! Umm, I did eat a fried Spam sandwich once, but it had nothing on this masterpiece!

  • Adam J. Holland
    June 5, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    I like my old school version, but just as I told you when I first saw this masterpiece, you really do own this one. — And I read ingredients. My bologna says ‘beef.’ How bad could that possibly be? 😉

  • Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    June 4, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    In order not to show favoritism I would like to have a taste of each. That way I could own both!

  • Shea
    June 4, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Yes! You need a little of both in your life 😉

  • Janet Anderson
    June 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    I just polished off a sandwich consisting of white bread, mayo, and Oscar Mayer Jalapeno Bologna. That stuff is awesome!

  • Shea
    June 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    That sounds amazing right now Janet 🙂

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    June 4, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    OMG this makes me laugh. It’s called Devon in Australia and a couple of weeks ago we were at the deli and John ordered some rare roast beef sliced thinly and some ham and I said, “I’d like one slice of Devon please.”

    He looked at me as if I’d just stepped off Mars. “Why???” he said.

    “I’m going to have a fried baloney sandwich for lunch,” I said with a smile. The eyeroll I got could have won an Oscar. And yes, I sang the baloney song while I prepared my sandwich. I didn’t have any onion rings or fancy mayo either but I will next time. 🙂

  • Shea
    June 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    LOL!! Maureen – LOVE it! So good to hear from you 🙂

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