Pork Roll Egg and Cheese

taylor ham egg and cheese

Ok – so this may not win the “Best Looking Sandwich” award, but it definitely is a serious contender in the taste category.

Pork roll, also referred to as Taylor Ham, is a breakfast meat available in New Jersey. It isn’t really sold outside of the area, and for that I apologize. I apologize, partly because I’m featuring a recipe that you can’t really “make”, but I mostly apologize that you don’t have access to this very very delicious breakfast item.

Actually, if your deli carries Spiced Ham, that is a pretty decent substitute for Pork Roll. So in fairness, you could attempt this recipe (and you should)

Anyway… Walk into any bagel shop in New Jersey (there are almost as many bagel shops as there are pizzerias) and you can order a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich.

The pork roll is sliced thin, similar to Canadian bacon. It’s fried up on a skillet alongside an egg, topped with a slice of American cheese, and served up on a fresh bagel or roll. Ketchup optional – and recommended.

Every so often I’ll pick up a bagel and some pork roll to make us a Sunday morning breakfast sandwich. Like my Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich, it is one of those classic “Keenan Sandwiches” that I had to share. If you ever visit New Jersey I hope you’ll stop in a bagel shop and order up this local favorite!

pork roll egg and cheese

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese


  • 1 slice pork roll
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice American Cheese
  • 1 bagel
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ketchup - optional


  1. In a fry pan over medium high heat, cook pork roll until browned and crisp. Remove to paper towels and pat dry.
  2. In the same fry pan, fry the egg, seasoning with salt and pepper. Melt cheese on top when just cooked through.
  3. Layer pork roll and eggs on the bagel. Ketchup is optional, and recommended.

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