If you live in New Jersey, you’re well aware that a Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwich is just about the best tasting morsel of comfort food you’ve ever had. This version of the deli-staple egg sandwich is iconic all over New Jersey but you can make it just as easily at home and quite possibly better. The combo of Taylor ham, eggs and cheese stays the same; the way you cook it is entirely your home cooks prerogative. As for Taylor ham, it’s only available in New Jersey, but because it’s pre-cooked, hickory smoked and salt cured it’s shipped year ‘round.
About Taylor pork roll: The funny thing about Taylor ham is that it’s not really ham at all. It’s pork roll that tastes like a spiced bologna/salami combo and is beloved by young and old alike in our neck of the woods. While Taylor ham/pork roll is pre-cooked, giving it a good char in a hot pan builds the caramelized smoky flavor. It’s that layer of flavor that’s the foundation of the sandwich.
Breaking the rules: Secrets of a Home Cook prefers using sharper Cheddar cheese rather than traditional American and fried eggs instead of scrambled. The egg switch is so the gooey yolk can act as a rich sauce soaking into the Taylor ham and the chewy Kaiser roll.
A reason to live in New Jersey: You know it’s a good thing because Taylor Pork Roll’s been made in New Jersey since 1856. A mainstay on menus in deli’s and diners up and down the Garden State Parkway, it can also be purchased in almost any local supermarket. If you’re not a Jersey girl (or guy) you can order it quite easily right from the company by clicking here.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 slices Taylor pork roll
- 2 large eggs
- 2 slices Cheddar cheese
- 1 fresh Kaiser bun
- Salt and pepper
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1-tablespoon butter. Place both slices of Taylor pork roll side-by-side in the skillet. Cook until edges are brown, 2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside. Melt remaining tablespoon of butter in the same pan and gently add the eggs so they are side by side. Cook 2 minutes until eggs are set, then flip and cook 1 more minute (be careful not to break the yolks).
- While the Taylor Pork roll and eggs are cooking lightly toast the bun. Place cheese on the bottom toasted bun. Then, layer 1 slice of pork roll followed by both eggs (at this point you can add salt and pepper), then the other slice of pork roll. Put the bun on top and dig in with two napkins.