New Jersey Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese (not Taylor Ham)

July 4, 2023
Finished pork roll egg and cheese on a white plate.
Finished pork roll egg and cheese in a paper plate with wax paper.

It’s PORK ROLL, egg ,and cheese!

A New Jersey breakfast sandwich and hangover staple pork roll, egg, and cheese.

Let’s get one thing straight. It’s pork roll. It is not Taylor Ham. Taylor is the name of the brand, named after its creator, John Taylor. In a light defense of the cognitively impaired (and those from North Jersey), John Taylor did initially call his product Taylor Ham when he created it in 1856.  But the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 meant that his masterpiece no longer met the legal definition of ham, which honestly makes it cooler. For over 100 years, pork roll has been very punk rock and called fucking pork roll.

Seriously, it’s a New Jersey Staple.

Alas, this isn’t a blog about the fallacy of Taylor Ham. I could write a thesis arguing my point on this subject, but you came here today to learn how to cook the amazing sandwich, or PEC as we call it here in Monmouth County.

Ingredients

ingredients for PRC on counter.

Can’t find pork roll in your state?

If you do not live in the New Jersey area you can live on the wild side and try to order some off of amazon! Here is a link to the brand that we prefer.

Tricks of the pork roll, egg, and cheese trade

Eggs and pork roll cooking on a griddle.

The sandwich itself is relatively easy to make, but also easy to mess up. I prefer to use a griddle for this as it tends to have more space, but a frying pan will work just as well. 

Slice your kaiser bun in half and set aside. 

Make two slices on opposite sides of each pork roll piece, about 1/2 inch each. 

Grease your griddle with a thin layer of vegetable oil and turn to medium heat. Once it’s hot, put the pork roll. Pork roll is like a hot dog in that it’s already cooked, so all you’re really doing here is browning it and getting it crispy. The slices that you made will start to open up a little allowing the pork roll to lay flat on your griddle or pan. Cook it for about 4 – 5 minutes until it’s brown and crispy.

Cooking your eggs

Rolls for pork roll sandwich.

Next, cook the eggs. If you’re using the same griddle or pan, you should be able to cook the eggs right in the leftover grease from the pork roll. But if needed, added a little more vegetable oil so that the eggs don’t stick. 

Crack your two eggs onto the griddle. These should be cooked over medium. After about 3 – 4 minutes cooking, the egg whites should start to firm up and solidify around the yolk. 

Once that starts to happen, use a spatula to gently break the yolks. Add your salt and pepper and flip the eggs. They’ll only need to cook for about a minute after flipping. You want the eggs to be over medium so that the yolks are cooked mostly through, but still a bit runny, but not as much as over easy or sunny side up. If you like your breakfast sammies a little sloppy, don’t crack the yolk and make your eggs over easy.

Putting it all together!

Assembling PRC on a cutting board.

Melt a little bit of butter in a bowl and brush each side of your roll with it. Slap it on the griddle and get each side a little brown and toasty, to your own preference. 

Time to assemble the sandwich. 

Spread some ketchup on the top and bottom pieces of your sliced roll. Add your cheese to the bottom half. Next, add your two eggs. Finally, add the pork roll and close up with the top bun. Make sure to smash it down just a little to really give it that deli feel. Cut it in half and enjoy. 

If you’re really hungover, toss a few splashes of hot sauce on it.

FAQ

Is pork roll only in NJ?

You can find pork roll around the northeast of the United States, but it would be very difficult to find them elsewhere.

What is pork roll?

We are going to be honest here. It is a processed pork product but that should not deter you. Its damn delicious and your taste buds deserve to experience it!

Can I freeze my pork roll egg and cheese?

YES! These make amazing make-ahead breakfast! Allow your sandwiches to cool and then wrap them in parchment paper, then foil, and put into a ziplock bag and freeze! We are firm believers in no single-use plastic and love these bags.

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Finished pork roll egg and cheese in a paper plate with wax paper.

Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese


Description

This a staple in New Jersey and if you are from here you know that Taylor Ham is a brand and the actual food is called PORK ROLL!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 fresh Kaiser Rolls
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of American Cheese
  • 6 slices of thin pork roll (we prefer Taylor Ham brand)
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a flat griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. Cut your kaiser roll across the center horizontally, and add cheese to the bottom half. Set aside. 
  2. Cut two slits on each side of your pork roll to ensure that it doesn’t bubble up in the center while cooking. Add pork roll to your griddle and cook for 3-5 mins on each side until your desired crispiness is reached. 
  3. Remove the pork roll and add it on top of your kaiser roll ontop of the cheese. 
  4. Add another layer of cheese on top of the pork roll. This will help your egg stay in place. Set aside.
  5. Add your eggs to your griddle, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the whites are solid but the center of the egg is still runny. About 2-3 minutes and then flip. Cook for another 2 minutes and then remove them from your griddle, and top off your Kaiser roll.
  6. Add a little ketchup on top of your egg and then smoosh down to the top of your kaiser roll. Cut in half and enjoy! 
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We’re Matt and Melissa, and this is our food blog, though it may not be the food blog you are expecting. We are here to take you on a culinary adventure through our kitchen, our passions, our stories, and our liquor cabinet. Residing in Monmouth County, NJ (the best county in NJ) we love to cook and create in our kitchen. But we know we’re not the real experts and the only thing more fun than tasting our own creations are tasting others’. When we’re not cooking for you, we’re around town sampling all that New Jersey’s culinary scene has to offer. Let take A Couple Bites!

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