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Pork Roll Egg and Cheese

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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.


6 thoughts

  • Winnie Mom
    August 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

    You are correct. We don’t have pork roll here in South Georgia. We do have Canadian Bacon but I’ve been making something similar for years using good old Country Ham and substituting pepper jack cheese or cheese of choice other than American Cheese and of course the egg!! Awesome breakfast sandwich.

    • Chris
      August 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Mmm that sounds mighty tasty to me too!

  • August 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good Taylor Ham sandwich…. I’m a Kaiser roll girl though, 🙂

  • Kelleigh
    October 8, 2015 at 10:45 am

    You can get Taylor Ham online and have it shipped to you, but it’s not cheap! I’m a Jersey girl living in California, and I’ve been craving this for a while. Might be time to bite the bullet and import a bunch. 🙂

    • Kelleigh
      January 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      I just wanted to reply because I don’t ever see anyone with the same spelling as my name! 🙂 Also, they sell Taylor ham at two places that I know of here in Florida near Orlando. Petty’s Meats and Safeway.

  • Irene
    August 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I live in S.Carolina and I buy it at Publix

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