Each year on October 24, people across the nation celebrate National Bologna Day.  Today would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch.

  • Sometimes spelled baloney (as it is pronounced), bologna has been one of the more popular luncheon meats for decades.
  • Favorite bologna sandwich garnishes are mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato and onion,
  • Bologna sausage derived from  and is somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground port sausage) that originated in Bologna, Italy.
  • United States government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible pieces of lard.
  • Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
  • Bologna Bowl – When a slice of bologna is heated, the fat renders and the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.

There is a variety of different bologna’s:

German bologna
Kosher or halal bologna
Lebanon bologna
Rag bologna
South African polony

To celebrate today, try something new and enjoy these “tried and true” bologna recipes:


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Bologna Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


3 Responses to “NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY – October 24”

  1. Kevin J Phillips September 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Hi there, love this site and love your National Bologna Day (24 October). Just a little note, I am Canadian and just published “The Bologna Cookbook”, with 200 recipes; 50 appetizers, 50 breakfasts, 50 lunches and 50 dinners….If you require more information, please contact me…..



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