October 24th is National Bologna Day! Are you full of it?
This highly seasoned sausage is named for Bologna, Italy. Original bologna (also called Mortadella) is a very large smoked sausage (usually pork) studded with cubes of pork fat, peppercorns and/or pistachios and/or green olives. Yum.
When it comes to bologna, there is more variety than what Oscar Mayer makes: regular bologna, German bologna, beef bologna, Kosher bologna, Lebanon bologna, and New Zealand bologna. Depending upon the kind of bologna, it could include pork, beef, chicken and spices.
Fun facts (no, they’re not phony bologna!):
- American bologna is a very poor imitation of the original. It’s made from low quality scraps of meat. (That’s where we get the phrase “phony bologna” from.)
- Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually.
- Oscar Mayer is the most popular bologna brand thanks to its 1973 jingle “My bologna has a first name….”
- According to the company, approximately 2.19 billion Oscar Mayer bologna sandwiches are eaten every year (6 million per day).
- Bologna is a popular breakfast food in Newfoundland, served fried as a substitute to ham slices. It is also sometimes barbecued as well. In either case, it is referred to as “Newfie Steak.”
- Bologna appears in recipes for more than just sandwiches: Pickled Bologna, Bologna Soup, and more.
Quote of the Day:
“My bologna has a first name. It’s H-O-M-E-R. My bologna has a second name. It’s H-O-M-E-R.” ~ Homer Simpson