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Recipe: Halloumi Hummus Bites with Blueberry and Mint

Recipe: Halloumi Hummus Bites with Blueberry and Mint

This post is sponsored by Summer Fresh. Who needs bread when you have halloumi and hummus? These are words I never thought would come out of my mouth, but here I am. I love bread and cheese, and it has always been a go-to for 

Recipe: Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing

Recipe: Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing

This post is sponsored by Summer Fresh.  I love entertaining at home, but in the summertime I get lazy. Super lazy. When the weather is nice here in St. John’s (which is seldom), the absolute last thing I want to do is cook for a bunch 

Fried Mortadella Sandwich Recipe

Fried Mortadella Sandwich Recipe

When I was a little kid, visiting my nanny and poppy’s house in Botwood, Newfoundland, meant two things: I would spend time outside playing in the garden, and I would get to eat some thick slices of bologna. My parents never, I mean never, had the thick-cut stuff around the house. They felt it was bad for you, opting to go for the healthier (and perhaps trendier) thin sliced sandwich meats. For me, a thick-cut bologna sandwich was special, especially because of the white bread. It always had to be with white bread. Big fat slices of white fluffy carbs. Growing up, Ben’s classic white and wheat sandwich breads were a staple in Atlantic Canada, found in my lunchbox and many others (with or without thick-cut bologna), and this year Ben’s Bakery is celebrating their 110th anniversary in a big way. Or in a bigger way, if you will.

Ben's Bread 110th Anniversary

For a short time, Ben’s is offering their Holsum Fresh White and Wheat breads with four extra slices at no extra cost. The loaves that are usually 500g are now 630g with wider, shorter slices; a perfect vessel for my thick-cut bologna. Extra slices means extra sammies for the whole family. You can learn more about the Ben’s 110th anniversary, as well as the rest of their baked goods on the Ben’s Bakery website.

updated fried bologna sandwich

To commemorate Ben’s big anniversary, I created an updated (and upgraded) bologna sandwich. A more grown up version of the special treat I loved (still love). Did I mention the only condiment I liked as a kid was cheese whiz? While I still have no shame in frying up a thick slice, my tastes have changed a little over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for soft white bread.

Gone is the cheese whiz, replaced by gruyere cheese, honey mustard and mayonnaise. Where once there was bologna now is mortadella. But rest assured, there’s still no lettuce to be found (and forget about kale). Mortadella is basically the Italian version of bologna — it actually comes from Bologna — but has small cubes of pork fat in it, making it a deliciously fatty upgrade. Along with a rich Gruyere and fancy French honey mustard, this is a sandwich for my developed taste buds. And remember, the key is not to toast the bread; the warmth of the fried mortadella almost melts the fresh Ben’s and makes for an even more delicious sammie.

Fried mortadella sandwich recipe with Ben’s bread

Fried bologna Sandwich stack

Fried mortadella sandwich with Ben's bread

To commemorate Ben's Bakery's 110th anniversary, I updated and upgraded the bologna sandwich. A more grown up version of the special treat I loved as a kid.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Lunch, Sandwich
Keyword Comfort Food, Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Author Gabby Peyton


  • 2 slices Ben's Holsum Fresh White or Wheat bread
  • 1 slice of thick-cut mortadella ask your local butcher to slice it
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • 1 slather of Honey Mustard
  • 1 slather of Mayonnaise


  1. Heat a frying pan to medium heat. Add butter.
  2. Fry bologna until the edges are nice and crispy.
  3. Slather one side of bread with honey mustard, the other with mayonnaise.
  4. Add as much gruyere cheese to the slice with the mayonnaise — I put 2-3 thick slices.
  5. Add bologna to sandwich.
  6. Inhale fried bologna sandwich.

*Thank you to Ben’s Bread who sponsored this recipe post. Both the bread and compensation were provided to The Food Girl in Town in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.