Finely ground beef, pork, or turkey meat emulsified and stuffed into a casing — ring bologna is commonly confused with kielbasa. But, the significant difference between the two is that ring bologna is only lightly smoked, if at all, and seasoned mildly while kielbasa is more coarsely ground and heavy-handed on spices like garlic and black pepper.
When cooking with ring bologna, just be sure to check if the casing itself is safe for consumption or will need to be removed after cooking. Try something new from this list of 9 ring bologna recipes and explore the flavors that this wonderful ingredient can offer.
#1. Ring Bologna Hotdish
Despite all of the cream going into this dish, it is surprisingly light as the noodles soak up a lot of moisture and fat. A splash of hot sauce will also help cut through the richness. If you want to opt for healthier alternatives, consider using whole wheat noodles or milk with lower fat content.
#2. Grilled Vegetable and Ring Bologna Kebabs
Grilled kebabs and skewers are a quintessential part of the summer cooking experience. Not only that but the prep and cooking processes are conveniently short and simple! You may find that putting all ingredients on a skewer makes them easier to cook, but consider rearranging different veggies with the ring bologna for the simple pleasure of pulling a complete meal from one skewer.
#3. Ring Bologna and Sweet Corn Fried Rice
Fried rice, cooked in different ways, is a staple in many cultures across the globe. Warm and comforting, this tasty meal even helps you clean out your refrigerator with any leftovers or forgotten veggies. This recipe simply uses rice, ring bologna, and sweet corn, seasoned with coconut aminos and other spices. It’s simple but incredibly delicious!
#4. Pickled Bologna
Do you have too much leftover bologna and don’t know what to do with it? Why not try pickling it with a little spice? Combine the bologna into vinegar with onions, jalapenos, and hot pepper sauce to give the meat an acidic, spicy kick that is addicting, especially when served with a nice, cold beer.
#5. Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Ring Bologna
Finding a meal that is the perfect mix of savory, salty, and sweet may feel like searching for The Lost City of El Dorado — impossible. Luckily, you’ve struck gold with this recipe! The apples, bologna, and brussels sprouts help set the base for this recipe, but it’s the sauce that makes the dish stand out with a mouthwatering, irresistible flavor!
#6. Sausage Skillet Supper
This skillet recipe brings together frozen potatoes, peppers, and onions with ring bologna, broccoli, and oregano. To avoid having to cut anything besides the bologna, pick up broccoli from the salad bar or pre-cut broccoli so it can just be tossed in. Top with cheese and cook until it melts before serving.
#7. Ring Bologna with Sauerkraut
If you want a simple crockpot recipe that can cook for six hours without any work on your part, then try out this recipe! Filled with potatoes, onions, apples, sauerkraut, and more, you won’t go hungry with this meal. The recipe also offers instructions on making your own sauerkraut if you are feeling adventurous.
#8. Ring Bologna with Potatoes and Onions
Few things are better or simpler than a dish featuring meat and potatoes. Cooked with plenty of spices and herbs like garlic and parsley, this simple and easy-to-make dish is incredibly flavorful and will make you want to go back for seconds. The best part is, even with prep time, it only takes 30 minutes to make!
#9. Ring Bologna and Beans
This hearty meal comes together in nearly 30 minutes and requires only 4 ingredients! Ring bologna cooked with baked beans, onions, and bacon, this protein-heavy, comfort meal is as nostalgic as it is flavorful. This is also a great meal if you don’t want to cook — just throw everything into the oven or microwave.