Chef David Guas, host of the Travel Channel's "American Grilled," says he grew up eating fried "baloney," slapping it on Bunny brand bread and squirting it with yellow mustard.
He now makes these grilled sandwiches for his two young sons, who especially love the cold, tangy crunch of an added slaw.
You'll need to soak 1/2 cup of hickory or apple wood chips in water for 30 minutes. The slaw needs to be made at least 30 minutes in advance, so its flavors can blend. It can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
GRILLED SMOKED BOLOGNA AND YELLOW MUSTARD GRILLED SLAW SAMMIES
4 to 8 servings
FOR THE SLAW
1 head green cabbage, cut into quarters (do not core)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup regular or low-fat high-quality mayonnaise
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 medium Vidalia onion or other sweet onion, cut in half
FOR THE SAMMIES
Four 1/2-inch thick slices all-beef or beef-pork bologna (4 inches in diameter, 24 ounces total)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
8 slices Texas toast bread (may substitute thick slices of any soft, white bread)
For the slaw: Prepare the grill for direct heat: If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (400 degrees) with the lid closed. If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them evenly over the cooking area. For a medium-hot fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for 4 to 6 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames. Brush the grill grate.
Place the cabbage quarters on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil, then season liberally with the salt and pepper. Transfer the cabbage quarters to the grill; cook, uncovered, for a total of 7 minutes, turning the cabbage as needed to achieve a little char on all sides.
The cabbage should remain somewhat crisp and not cooked through.
Immediately return the cabbage to the same baking sheet and place in the freezer for 20 minutes, until firm. Use a serrated knife to cut into very thin slices, discarding the cores. The yield should be about 4 cups of firmly packed cabbage.
Whisk together the mayonnaise, celery seed and mustard in a mixing bowl until well blended.
Grate each onion half on the large-holed side of a box grater, letting the grated onion fall into a bowl. Gently squeeze out/drain away any onion juices; the yield of onion should be 1/2 cup. Add the drained onion to the mayo mixture, along with the cabbage. Season lightly with salt and pepper; stir to incorporate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the sammies: Prepare the grill for direct and indirect heat: If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (400 degrees) for 10 minutes with the lid closed. If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them on one side of the cooking area. For a hot fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for 4 to 6 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames. Brush the grill grate.
Place the bologna slices over direct heat; cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes on each side to achieve good grill marks. Move them to the indirect-heat side of the grill.
Drain the wood chips; add them to the briquettes, then quickly close the grill lid and allow the bologna to smoke for no more than 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Spread the melted butter on one side of each slice of Texas toast. Place the bread slices buttered side down on the direct-heat side of the grill and cook, uncovered, for 45 to 60 seconds, to achieve good grill marks. Transfer to a cutting board.
When ready to assemble, lay each piece of grilled, smoked bologna on the ungrilled side of 4 pieces of the Texas toast. Top each portion with about 1/2 cup of the slaw, then complete the sandwiches with the remaining 4 pieces of bread, grilled side up.
Spear each sandwich with two evenly spaced, short bamboo skewers or long toothpicks. Cut in half; serve right away.
Nutrition per serving (based on 8, using low-fat mayonnaise): 550 calories, 12 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 42 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1,270 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugar