In the 1930s, it was common for people to buy slices of bologna at the deli and take it home and use it to prepare the lunch

In the 1930s, it was common for people to buy slices of bologna at the deli and take it home and use it to prepare the lunch

The smell of fried bologna can take you right back to mama’s kitchen table.

A fried bologna (c’mon, we know it’s pronounced baloney, no matter how it’s spelled) sandwich occupies that delicious middle ground between sentimental Southern comfort food and charming throwback party fare. Either way, it’s a tasty meal that is a step up from a ho-hum cold sandwich that is slapped together in the flinty blue light of an open fridge door. Crafting a proper fried bologna sandwich qualifies as home cooking.

Grandma’s Pittsburgh Fried Bologna Sandwich


  • 8 slices white bread
  • 8 thin slices bologna (not garlic) – I prefer thin slices but you can go with 4 thicker slices
  • 4 Tbl grape jelly
  • 2 cups potato chips, regular flavor
  • 1 Tbl butter plus 2 Tbl melted butter


  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat. If you have a grill plate, this works even better as you have more surface area.
  2. Place 1 Tbl of butter in the pan.
  3. When the butter is melted place 2 thin slices (1 one thick slice) of bologna (however many you can fit without crowding) in the pan. *note to prevent ‘doming’ prior to putting the bologna in the pan, cut a slit from the edge to the middle of the slice.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until the edges are golden brown.
  5. Flip the bologna over and cook for another 3 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. While the bologna is cooking (after you’ve flipped it) prepare the bread by spreading 1 Tbl divided evenly on one side of each slice of bread. So if you’re frying up only 2 pieces of bologna, only jelly 2 slices of bread.
  7. Place one slice down, jelly side up and place a small handful of potato chips on top.
  8. Take your fried bologna from the pan and place on top of the chips.
  9. Place another small handful of chips on top and then take the other slice of bread placing it jelly side down on top of the chips.
  10. Gently push down on the sandwich (some chips will break but that’s OK).
  11. Take the melted butter and lightly brush the top of the sandwich.
  12. Working carefully, flip the sandwich over and place it buttered side down in the pan.
  13. Grill on each side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Repeat steps for each sandwich if you aren’t using a grill plate.


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