Delicious Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese


Pork Roll Egg and Cheese

Pork roll, egg, and cheese can be combined together to make a delicious breakfast sandwich. The great thing about this New Jersey style sandwich is that you can enjoy this breakfast exactly as you like. It can be made quickly and enjoyed thoroughly.

Be sure to check out our recipe below, as well as many different ways that you can mix up this delicious breakfast sandwich! 

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese from the side

Pork Roll Sandwich

This delicious New Jersey-Style Pork Roll breakfast sandwich is easy to make and tastes fabulous. There are several different varieties or versions of this New Jersey style sandwich that you can make.

Below we will show you how to make this, some of the basic ingredients required, and how you can mix it up to make it your own. This breakfast sandwich is perfect for a sit-down meal or breakfast on the go.

No matter what, this is a tasty recipe, you can easily adapt and make just the way you like it. 

Recipe Ingredients

Pork roll. The most common type of meat to use for the sandwich is a pork roll, specifically John Taylor’s pork roll. However, because this can be difficult to find, you can also use thick cut ham, or Canadian bacon for this sandwich. 

Eggs. Eggs are an essential part of this breakfast sandwich as well. You can use whatever kind of eggs you desire, and make them to your liking. The most common way to prepare the eggs are to fry them, with broken yolks, however, they can be adapted to be prepared exactly as you wish. 

Cheese. For this recipe, American cheese tends to work best, as it is nice and melty, and adds a delightful taste to your sandwich. We like to use American singles for this recipe, but you can use your favorite type of cheese. 

Butter. We recommend using unsalted butter rather than oil to fry the food in this recipe. It will add a delicious taste to your sandwich, and also cooks your ingredients nicely and browns your sandwich. 

Roll or Bagel. There are a few different ways you can prepare this sandwich, some like to make it on a soft roll, English muffin, or even on a bun. Another way you can make it is to prepare this breakfast sandwich using a bagel.

Whichever one sounds best to you, feel free to use it. In our pictures, we make it with a plain bagel, but you can use whatever type of bread you wish. 

Seasonings. We recommend having some freshly ground sea salt, and black pepper on hand to season your eggs as they are cooking. You can add other seasonings if desired, such as garlic salt, or a bit of parsley. 

Sauce. There are many different sauces that you can choose from to add to your sandwich if desired. The sauces are completely optional. Some favorite ones to add include ketchup, mayonnaise, hot sauce, Chick-fil-A sauce, piri piri sauce, or no sauce at all. 

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese top down of cut sandwich

How to Cook a Pork Roll

Step 1: Melt The Butter

First, take your pan and place it over medium-low heat. Add part of your butter and allow it to melt. 

Step 2: Warm The Pork Roll

Next, take your pork roll slices and score the edges three or four times around the edge so that they do not roll up as they warm. Place them evenly spaced in your pan and allow them to brown on both sides. 

Step 3: Toast The Bun

When your pork is almost done, take some room temperature butter and butter the insides of your bread. Place your bread into the skillet for a few seconds just to lightly toast it. Remove the bread from your pan and add your pork rolls to it. 

Step 4: Fry The Egg

Next, keeping your skillet over medium low heat, crack your eggs into your warmed pan. Pop the yolks if desired, season your eggs, and flip when they are no longer runny. Continue frying your eggs until they are done. 

Step 5: Melt The Cheese

When your eggs are almost done, add your slices of cheese to the top and allow the cheese to melt while the eggs are still on the burner. As the cheese begins to melt, remove the egg and cheese mixture and add it to your sandwich. 

Step 6: Assemble and Serve

Now your bread of choice should be toasted with warmed pork roll, fried egg to your liking with melted cheese. Add any desired sauce, then serve right away and enjoy your delicious New Jersey-style pork roll egg and cheese breakfast sandwich! 

John Taylor’s Pork Roll

Johnny Taylor’s pork roll is the traditional type of meat that is used on this sandwich. This is the traditional type of meat to use for this breakfast sandwich, but it can sometimes be difficult to find, which is why you can also substitute thick-cut ham or Canadian bacon for a less traditional version. 

What is Pork Roll Made of?

Taylor’s pork roll is a processed pork product that is made from pork, sugar, salt, some spices, and preservatives. 

Taylor Pork Roll Where to Buy

Taylor pork roll can be hard to come by unless you are specifically in the New Jersey area. However, you can also order pork rolls online and have them delivered to your door. There are several different ways you can order pork roll online, whether through Amazon or directly from Jersey Pork Roll.

For a lower-cost version, you may also substitute the pork roll for thick-cut ham or Canadian bacon from your local grocery store. Although these are not the same as pork roll, they make a decent substitute. 

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese from the side of the sandwich

Canadian Bacon vs Pork Roll

As we have mentioned, Canadian bacon can make a good substitute for pork roll when making that pork roll egg and cheese sandwich. However, you might wonder if they are the same, or what the differences are. 

Canadian bacon and pork roll are not the same thing. Although they are both pork products, pork roll is cured, while Canadian bacon is typically not. Canadian bacon is also typically sweeter, while pork roll has a saltier flavor to it. Otherwise, these two pork products have a similar appearance and texture to them. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does pork roll last in the fridge?

When your pork roll is stored properly, it can last between five and seven days in the refrigerator at 40°F or below. Please note that it’s important your pork roll be sealed in an airtight container or plastic storage bag for the best results.

Are pork roll and Taylor ham the same things?

Essentially yes, pork roll and Taylor ham refer to the same thing. Taylor ham speaks more to the brand name, while pork roll speaks more to the product. The name you might think of it as may have to do with your location and how it is known around you. 

Tips and Tricks

Toasting the Sandwich. We recommend toasting the bread for your sandwich so that it is nice and warm and toasty. You can do this by toasting it in a pan, or simply using your toaster, whichever one is easier for you. 

Scoring the Pork. We strongly recommend that you score your pork before warming it in the pan. Because the pork comes in circles, it tends to fold up as it warms, making them bowl-shaped, and no longer flat. Scoring the edges will help your meat stay flat as it warms. 

Customize. Feel free to customize the sandwich to make it exactly as you wish. This can be in cooking the eggs specifically to your liking, using whatever type of bun, bagel, English muffin, or brand that you prefer, and adding whatever sauces and seasonings you like the best. 

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese sandwich cut in half

Storing & Freezing

Room Temperature. No part of your sandwich whether cooked or raw should be left at room temperature any longer than two hours. If any of your ingredients sit at room temperature for more than two hours when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F the ingredient should be thrown away.

However, if your room temperature is 90°F or above this time decreases to one hour at which your food can be considered safe at room temperature.

Refrigerator. Your pork roll egg and cheese sandwich should be stored in the refrigerator if you wish to save it. Store in an airtight container, or sealed in a plastic storage bag, then refrigerate for up to 3 to 4 days.   

Freezer. If you need to freeze your sandwich, we strongly recommend that you only freeze the pork from your sandwich, the other parts of your sandwich are not going to be good when frozen. To freeze the pork, transfer it to an airtight container, or seal it in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. 

Taylor Ham Egg and Cheese

Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches are easy and delicious to make. They make a delicious breakfast, or even dinner if you want, and can be prepared just the way you like them. This breakfast sandwich is easily customizable, can be made quickly, and tastes fabulous. 

Ham Egg and Cheese Sandwich

No matter if you are a New Jersey native, or simply looking for a delicious breakfast sandwich, be sure to try out this tasty pork roll, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. It’s great because you can make it just the way you want it, and is so good that your taste buds will thank you. Be sure to try out this delicious breakfast sandwich!

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    Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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