Truth be told I’m not the best about eating breakfast. I’m really bad about opting to sleep every available second during the work week and end up running out the door in a rush. As sad as it is to say, a good breakfast has become a bit of a weekend indulgence for me.
For my latest indulgence I wanted to go full country and make a broke and southern staple, fried bologna. It’s a similar concept to fried ham steak or bacon in that it’s crispy, salty, meaty goodness, just a little more humble. Like any good breakfast sando we have plenty of melty cheese and an overeasy egg on top. And then because I can’t help myself and love a good condiment; we have maple-mustard mayo to cut through the richness and add a little kiss of sweetness, like any good morning should have.
Ingredients (per sandwich):
- Toasted brioche buns
- 2 slices bologna
- 2 slices white American cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 3 tsp maple syrup
- A couple dashes hot sauce
- A splash soy sauce
- A couple drops Worcestershire sauce
- A few drops neutral oil
- Salt and pepper
Start by mixing the mayo, mustard, syrup, hot sauce, soy sauce, and Worcestershire. Make any necessary adjustments and set aside.
In the center of each slice of bologna cut a medium-sized “x” to prevent the slices from bubbling.
Heat the oil in a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bologna slices and cook until a char starts to form, about 3-5 minutes. Flip the bologna and place a slice of cheese on top of each slice. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add about 1 tbsp more oil to the pan and crack an egg into it. Cook the egg until the white has just solidified. The yolk should still be nice and runny. This takes just a few minutes so keep an eye on it! Top the egg with a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper.
For assembly: take your toasted brioche. Slather the bottom bun with the maple mustard sauce. Then stack your cheese-covered bologna slices one on top of the other. Finally crown that beauty with the golden egg crown. Watch in amazement as the top bun goes on and egg yolk oozes everywhere. Delite in the richness and balance of it all. You deserve this weekend breakfast!