October 24 is a good day for people to ring their brown bags for lunch because it is the National Bologna Day. It might be surprising to you, but yes, bologna has its own day of celebration because it is everyone’s favorite processed luncheon meat. The bologna is named after an Italian city. It is a sausage with some bits of peppercorns and lards. But American bologna may be a little but different. But it is no less delicious. If you want to learn more about this interesting holiday, then you better continue reading below.
About National Bologna Day
National Bologna Day is observed on October 24. This food holiday is all about bologna. People who love sandwiches will surely love this food as well. Although the spell is bologna, its pronunciation is actually “baloney”. It can be made with turkey, chicken, pork, or beef. It can be cooked or even smoked with a wonderful combination of spices that enhances and makes its flavor a lot richer than it already is. Nowadays, it has a lot of variations including Italian bologna, American bologna, Kosher bologna, German bologna, and many more.
History of the National Bologna Day
For decades, bologna has been one of the most popular luncheon meat among the people. The most popular garnishes for this food include ketchup, cheese, onion, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard.
The bologna was derived from the Italian mortadella which is a finely ground or hashed pork sausage. It originated in Bologna in Italy, hence the name. The bologna in the United States might be somehow different. The US government regulations require bologna to be finely grounded without any visible pieces of lard. On the other hand, Italian bologna has visible pieces of lard.
As mentioned above, bologna can be made from different kinds of meat which include pork, beef, turkey, and chicken. Other varieties of bologna include soy protein and venison.
When a bologna is heated, the fat takes shape of a round slice when it is filled in a bowl. The space created allows for various ingredients to be filled in it.
According to statistics, about 800 million pounds of bologna are eaten by Americans alone every year. What more if we consider people from other countries who also love to eat bologna? Because of this love for bologna, we dedicate a special day for it which we call the National Bologna Day.
When is the National Bologna Day?
This holiday is always celebrated on the 24th of October each year.
Celebration Ideas & Activities
There are actually a lot of activities that people do in order to celebrate the National Bologna Day. If you want some good ideas on how you can celebrate this day, then you should take a look at the list below.
Make Some Good Bologna
Of course, there’s nothing better than celebrating the day by making some good bologna for you to eat or share with your friends and family. If you trust your own cooking skills, then you can create your own style of bologna that you can make into a sandwich or something. If you want to enjoy the day making such bologna but the problem is that you don’t know how, then do not fret to look for some online recipes or cookbook that will teach you how to make the best kind of bologna.
Purchase a Delicious Bologna
If you don’t have time to make your own bologna for this day, then you can just try to purchase a good bologna from a good restaurant or shop. It will be easier to do this especially since many shops will expect people to demand a lot of different kinds of bologna for the day of celebration.
Make a Bologna Cake
Perhaps you can try making some unique recipes containing bologna. One of them is the bologna cake. You simply need to mix a block of cream cheese with ranch dressing. After that, layer the concoction between pieces of thickly sliced bologna. Then spread some cheese as if it is the icing. And that’s your bologna cake that is best shared with your friends and family for lunch or dinner.
On Social Media
Take the celebration on social media. Use the hashtag #NationalBolognaDay to inform your friends and followers that you are participating on this good celebration.