Philadelphia, PA - If you've never had it before, what is pork roll? It is processed meat made by slicing a thick slab of pork into a roll. The product has a long history and was first developed in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1856. It was later sold under the name "Taylor's Prepared Ham" until 1906. This product is now commonly found in New Jersey and neighboring states.
The History of The Pork Roll
Pork roll's origins are unknown, but they may have originated during the Revolutionary War in Trenton. During this time, the Continental Army needed food that could withstand the travel. They used salted cured ham rolls to ward off hungry soldiers. Now, they are available in packages that come ready to slice.
When making a pork roll Sandwich, start by toasting the bottom half of the bun. Add four slices of pork roll to the bottom half of the toasted bun. Place an egg on top of each piece. Cook the egg for 3 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking. Serve with a Kaiser roll. When you are done, you're ready to assemble your new sandwich. If you'd rather enjoy a meal with your family, you can serve it as finger food at brunch.