Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fried Boloney and Broiled Hamburgers

Earlier this week I made a lemon meringue pie to serve to my Pokeno group. It was always one of my mother's favorite desserts. I think every time she had to take dessert to her bridge club she made either lemon meringue or chocolate ice box pie or maybe one of each.

So I started thinking about other "old standbys" that Mother liked to cook. One of my favorite sandwiches was fried boloney. Mother didn't buy packaged boloney (I know it's bologna, but we called it boloney). She had it sliced in the meat market at Palmer's Grocery Store, so it came with the plastic wrap on the outside of each slice. I loved peeling off the plastic wrap and eating the little bits of boloney that stuck to it.

Broiled hamburgers were another favorite. To make broiled hamburgers, you've got to use good old fashioned white bread, Sunbeam or Wonder Bread. Spread a little mustard on each slice of bread. Then make a very thin patty of ground beef and place on top of each slice of bread. Broil until the meat is cooked thoroughly but not too dry. The white bread soaks up the juice from the hamburger meat in the middle but is nicely browned and crisp around the edges.

I haven't had a broiled hamburger in a long time, but I think Mother still makes them every time my nephew Benton visits.

Probably my most favorite meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and English peas. Lots of Sundays Mother would come home from church and spend time frying chicken for Sunday dinner, which was the noon meal. I always preferred dark meat. The thigh was my favorite piece. Mother called it the "second joint." I'm not sure where that expression came from, but it was probably what my grandmother called it.

We'd make a "nest" in our mashed potatoes and spoon the English peas into the "nest." Now that's what I call comfort food!!


Mar Mar said...

I have one correction and one addition. First the correction: the preferred white bread in our house was Colonial thin-sliced. Now the addition: While the balogney was sliced at Palmer's grocery, it was then delivered to the house by Herman. What I'd give for a Herman today!

KBeau said...

You're right about Colonial. I guess it's only been in recent years that she's used Sunbeam.

Sarah Frost said...

You girls are making my mouth water talking about these great classic foods! There is still a general store in Lawrence County that makes baloney sandwiches and when I take my mom and aunt to visit we always stop and have one! As far as that piece of pie goes, I could jump right through the computer screen to get to that!! YUM!!! Might have to just make one this week! Sarah

Malvie said...

Meanwhile, in Malvern, I would walk from Granny and Gramp's house (the house on Sullenberger we just sold last year)up the street and over to Toler's Model Market. Toler's was a long, skinny store with board floors and bare light bulbs hanging from wires from the ceiling. Across the front of the store were "Coke boxes", wherein you would find, immersed in ice, such delicacies as Grapette.

I would go in the store, say hello to Mrs. Toler (who was running the cash register and who was in Granny's Sunday School Class--and the Tolers, of course, banked with Grampy), and walk on to the (dim) back of the store (there were windows across the front, over the Coke boxes). In the back was a long meat counter where Mr. Toler presided.

I'd ask him to make me a sandwich and he would, slicing off thick slices of "baloney" (I never could use "bologna" either...) and putting it between two thick (who uses this "sandwich thin" crap?) slices of Colonial Bread, spread with Hellman's Mayonnaise. I would then sail by Mrs. Toler and get me a Grapette, then say, "charge it to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, please!" and sail out the door, hop on my Columbia Flier, and blast off.

My, what memories. Those days are gone, gone, gone.

I need to go get some baloney and fry it up. We always have Hellman's in the fridge, and I could buy some Mrs. Baird's (Texas tradition) for a one-shot deal---and we can get Grapette from Wal-Mart here...

KBeau said...

No Hellmann's for us. Mother always used Miracle Whip, which she called Salad Dressing. She still uses Miracle Whip, but I converted to Hellmann's a long time ago.

Malvie said...

Mother and Dad always called Miracle Whip "Mayonnaise". I loved it as a kid (all that sugar...). Switched to Hellman's in college and have never bought Miracle Whip since.

Hellman's is the ORIGINAL salad dressing.