Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll

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Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll

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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2014/11/04 04:19:18 (permalink)
    Pork roll just plain makes a great breakfast sandwich.....Both Taylor and Case brands are fine.....The giant Case brand tube is available in New Jersey Costcos for around $19......a bargain...as the article says, one more reason New Jersey is a food paradise!!!!!!!
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2014/11/04 12:04:42 (permalink)
    I love the stuff. For years, though, I never knew what Taylor Ham was, even though I'd been enjoying it for a long time. On every trip from Ohio to Connecticut we'd stop at the 44 Diner at then-Exit 44 eastbound (they changed the exit numbers and I have no idea what it is now) on Interstate 80 near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. I'd see a breakfast entry on the menu for Taylor ham, but I never ordered it because I prefer sausage with my eggs at breakfast. Besides, I had  no idea what the heck kind of ham Taylor Ham might be. It wasn't till years later that I learned (quite possibly here on Roadfood) it was pork roll. I buy the one-pound rolls at a local Italian specialty store. I used to be able to find it at one of the Kroger supermarkets here, but no longer.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2014/11/04 16:01:30 (permalink)
    The Pork Roll........or my growing up favorite in SEMA........the linguica slice(they are NOT the same) is a local subtlety that is hard to describe but a delight to eat.  You DO have to "nick" the edges to get a good sear! It has to do with the seasonings, curing and sometimes, smoking.
     
    On a roll or bagel, with a slice of good cheese and an Egg if you like them/can have them ( I don't like them), it can put any sausage biscuit to shame.  A dollop of a garlicky tomato sauce.....or ketchup for the plebes........it is a true RF delight. Adding an onion or grilled onion can be good.  For Hawaiian style think pineapple...but that is more for the SPAM crowd ( a close relative to Taylor Ham/Pork Roll, not to Linguica)
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 15:49:14 (permalink)
    A definite treat, whether it's simply served with eggs for breakfast or for lunch / supper as a sandwich in a hard roll. 
     
    It's to drive through NJ without stopping for some.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 19:31:25 (permalink)
    When I was a kid my Dad and I would eat Pork Roll sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Dinner too if my mother wasn't home.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 19:47:24 (permalink)
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    I love the stuff. For years, though, I never knew what Taylor Ham was, even though I'd been enjoying it for a long time. On every trip from Ohio to Connecticut we'd stop at the 44 Diner at then-Exit 44 eastbound (they changed the exit numbers and I have no idea what it is now) on Interstate 80 near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. I'd see a breakfast entry on the menu for Taylor ham, but I never ordered it because I prefer sausage with my eggs at breakfast. Besides, I had  no idea what the heck kind of ham Taylor Ham might be. It wasn't till years later that I learned (quite possibly here on Roadfood) it was pork roll. I buy the one-pound rolls at a local Italian specialty store. I used to be able to find it at one of the Kroger supermarkets here, but no longer.


    Jungle Jim's here in Fairfield and Eastgate stock it - my wife is nuts about it.  
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 20:14:10 (permalink)
    I saw Trenton brand at my warehouse club. Is that a good brand?
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 20:33:06 (permalink)
    JRPfeff
    I saw Trenton brand at my warehouse club. Is that a good brand?


    It's ok...order of goodness,according to me:Taylor...Case....Trenton...!!!
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 20:53:40 (permalink)
    I do believe I have seen this Taylor Pork Roll in my local Fresh Market deli case. How do you go about eating it? Fry it like bologna? Or eat it cold? What condiments on a sandwich made with it? What bread goes best? Enquiring minds want to know!
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 20:58:28 (permalink)
    Fry it like bologna....traditional...fried egg, pork roll(fried)...and American cheese on a kaiser roll(or comparable hard roll)
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/14 21:01:30 (permalink)
    Ha! Try finding a hard roll around here.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/15 08:06:53 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman
    Ha! Try finding a hard roll around here.


    ...or here! I can get the Taylor pork roll, but it's not the same without the right roll. I miss those NYC hard rolls!
    post edited by cavandre - 2015/01/15 08:08:33
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/15 08:19:16 (permalink)
    Thank God i can still get hard rolls around here-not as common as one would hope. When we were in Minnesota, I asked for a hard roll at a bakery, and they looked at me like I was nuts.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/15 10:02:00 (permalink)
    Here in West Central WI, we have a neat little store called Northwoods Country Market(Sparta, WI).  Their ad for this week is advertising John F Martin & Sons "smoked pork roll".  JF Martin is a Pennsylvania Co.. Anyone happen to know if this is the same sort of product as Taylor??
     
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/15 12:47:52 (permalink)
    Don't know "Smoked" porkroll.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/17 08:12:06 (permalink)
    Poverty Pete texted me this photo

    from Meson Tropical in Linden, calling it the definitive Taylor pork roll sandwich.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/17 08:27:52 (permalink)
    That's it!!!!
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/17 09:47:19 (permalink)
    My dad was born in Baltimore but grew up in Bethlehem. He, therefore, grew up in the overlapping districts of scrapple and Taylor pork roll. When he worked on the docks in Baltimore one summer during college, he looked forward to the stevedore's mid morning snack; a food truck serving deep fried scrapple sandwiches. Lord...
    Fast forward to life in McLean, VA and the smell of breakfast meat frying on the weekends. Mom cooked most of the time but Saturday and Sunday mornings would find Dad in the kitchen, frying up scrapple (very crusty and dark) to be served on english muffins with apple butter. He was a proponent of buttering the muffin before placing it in the toaster oven, thereby allowing the butter to brown and take on that nice nutty character. He did the same thing with bagels before schmearing on the cream cheese.
    Pork roll found it's way into the same english muffin but with egg and cheese. Pretty much by the book, except we lacked a reliable hard roll.

    Heart disease was the inevitable end to his enthusiastic celebration of animal fat. Well, that and the cigarettes, the pipe, the cigars. It was his copy of the original Roadfood that I pilfered and took away to college, to be read longingly while munching on dreadful cafeteria leftovers in my dorm.
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/17 14:54:01 (permalink)
    local bakery chain Servatii's makes a decent hard roll, but in very limited quantities
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/17 16:08:15 (permalink)
    ann peeples
    Thank God i can still get hard rolls around here-not as common as one would hope. When we were in Minnesota, I asked for a hard roll at a bakery, and they looked at me like I was nuts.

    Had to laugh at your anecdote. Wish I could have shared the moment. When I was a kid in yankeeland, Morgantown, WVA, in the 1960s, the generic term for a hard roll was "French Roll'. I am surprised that hard rolls are hard to find. Maybe using 'French Roll' or Italian Roll' would help one obtain what is desired. Yes, I'm sure that among purists there are big differences between different kinds of  rolls with crisp crusts but if a person is shaky about what a hard roll is, then you're not dealing with a purist.
     
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2015/01/18 09:57:21 (permalink)
    Italian rolls are pretty east to get in my neck of the woods, as are french rolls. In retrospect, I could have probably asked for one or the other. But there is a difference when it comes to a true hard roll....
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    Re: Breakfast of Champions: Why New Jersey is Crazy for Pork Roll 2016/04/06 08:54:57 (permalink)
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    Taylor Ham on a Jewish Bagel just seems wrong!
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    Taylor Ham on a Jewish Bagel just seems wrong!


    Actually, it's quite delicious!!!
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