Southern Bologna Burgers

Anita got me hooked on thick-cut bologna burgers and sandwiches.They are like the grown-up versions of the bologna sandwiches I had as a kid. I get the deli to cut chub bologna 1/2″ thick and then either fry, grill, or smoke it. Then I slather the bologna with Ross’ Pool Room sauce and serve it on buns topped with onion and pimento cheese. Yeah, that’s a Southern bologna burger right there!
Southern Bologna BurgersAny pimento cheese will work on these southern bologna burgers. I didn’t go crazy making one of my more complicated versions. Simple is just fine. For a bit of a kick substitute pepper jack cheese for the Colby or add a minced seeded jalapeno pepper.

Southern Bologna Burgers

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For the burgers

For the pimento cheese topping

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese
  • 2 4 ounce jars diced pimento peppers, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the burgers

  • Make a 1" cut in the bologna from and edge towards the center.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat or fire up a grill for direct cooking.
  • Fry or grill the bologna, brushing with the sauce as it cooks. You want to get a light char on he bologna.
  • Toast the buns if desired.
  • Assemble the burgers by placing the bologna on the bun bottoms. Add the pimento cheese and bun top and serve.

For the pimento cheese topping

  • Combine all ingredients.

Southern Reuben Sandwich

For years and years and years I made my Reuben sandwiches pretty ‘normal’. Russian or Thousand Island dressing. A little (or a lot) of corned beef or pastrami. Warmed sauerkraut. And plenty of Swiss cheese. Then along came this southern take on a Reuben sandwich. I’ll never make a Reuben the ‘old’ way again. Crunchy tangy coleslaw replaces the kraut. A spicy homemade dressing replaces the stuff out of the bottle. This is nothing but good.
Southern Reuben SandwichI prefer pastrami on my southern Reuben sandwich. I like the extra kick of the peppery flavoring. And when it comes to pastrami, my hands-down favorite is my homemade version. Sure, I’m biased, but for good reason. I’ve never heard anything but high praise for my pastrami. I can never make enough.

Southern Reuben Sandwich

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the sauce mixture

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the slaw mixture

  • 1/2 cup sauce mixture from above
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix

For the sandwich

  • Sauce and slaw mixtures from above
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 pound pastrami or corned beef sliced thin

Instructions

For the sauce mixture

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the slaw mixture

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the sandwich

  • Note: If desired you can toast the sandwich in the oven in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Slather one side of each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon of the sauce mixture.
  • Divide cheese, meat and slaw mixture between 4 slices of the bread.
  • Top with remaining bread and serve.

Review: Denise Gee’s Southern Appetizers

I’m a big fan of all flavors Southern. That’s why I picked up Denise Gee’s Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers. Now, truth be told, I didn’t get the book thinking about tablescapes or entertaining a crowd. Me, I’m after the food. But, that being said, this book has a lot more than just recipes. There are tips for planning for parties and being the perfect host. The book is well-written, clear, easy to follow, and packed with fantastic photos.

From there we get into the food, starting with the easy-to-eat handheld dishes. There are recipes for all of the classics, such as deviled eggs and finger sandwiches. The fanciful cheese straws looked so great that I made them that day. They came out fantastically!

Next up are spreads, including, of course, a great version of pimento cheese, Anita’s favorite. From salsas, to dips, to great spreads for crackers, this section of the book has great recipes that really are not difficult to make at all. I bookmarked a good many of the pages in the spreads!

The next part of the book is a bit more serious. It’s the grab a plate, some utensils, and sit-down-and-eat section. There is lighter fare, such as salads, tarts and soups. But then there are also (my favorites) meaty dishes. Wings, riblets, brisket, and baked ham, for example. And the peppered beef tenderloin just makes me drool. It is on my short list of dishes to make, along with the crawfish beignets

Next up: the drinks. And lots of awesome drinks. The book covers everything you need to throw a party, and that means drinks too of course.

This brings us to the last chapter, party themes. Denise Gee does all the work for you, whether you want to throw a New Year’s Eve get-together, a Mardis Gras-themed event, or just having a casual tailgating party. Every recipe you need for the party is listed, all designed to work together in a cohesive theme.

All in all I was quite happy with Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers. I found it easy to follow, with accessible recipes and with great photos. Many of the dishes make me think of a great Sunday brunches or get-togethers in the South. My only wish is that there were more pictures because they really were fantastic.

Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers¬†rates high on my ‘Mater Rater.

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