Pork Roll Gaining a Toehold in Manhattan

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Pork roll is a staple of every deli and diner in the State of New Jersey but as son as you cross the bridge or tunnel into NYC, it is very hard to find. Most New Yorkers have never even heard of it. That is slowly beginning to change thanks to a Jersey Mike’s. They recently opened their first Manhattan location on Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan.

Of course, the menu includes the classic pork roll, egg and cheese. Check out a New Yorker’s experience with this strange, foreign meat at Midtown Lunch

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Business Insider Gets It Right with U.S. Sandwich Map

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in sandwiches |

best-sandwiches-statesI don’t often refer to Business Insider for their insight into regional comfort foods but they did produce a pretty sweet map and infographic in honor of National Sandwich Day which was November 3 (It was quite a celebration in my household). In it, they correctly decided that “Jersey Breakfast Sandwich with Taylor Ham” was the sandwich that best represented the great State of New Jersey.

It’s worth checking out the lesser-known sandwich from exotic ‘Mercan locales such as North Dakota where they love their Smørbrød. And you can’t leave Mississippi before you suck down one of them Pig Ear sandwiches!

Check it out here: The Best Sandwich From Every State

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Pork Roll Lovers Don’t Like Deadspin’s Choice of NJ Food

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Uncategorized |

food-mapA few weeks ago, Deadspin came up with the Great American Menu map. In it, each state was given it’s signature food dish. Illinois has it’s deep dish pizza. It was gumbo in Louisiana. So, the obvious choice for NJ is pork roll/Taylor Ham, right? Wrong. The food that best represents New Jersey, according to Deadspin, is salt water taffy.

Obviously, this article was not not very well researched and NJ meat fans are pissed. Nothing against salt water taffy. I go to Fralinger’s whenever I’m in Atlantic City. However, it is really just something you may eat while you’re in Atlantic City or maybe a few other shore towns. Pork roll is truly the food for all of NJ. From the top of Sussex County down to Cape May, pork roll or Taylor Ham is a what we are stuffing our faces with before work.

Over on NJ.com, check out Readers in N.J. ‘extremely angry’ with salt water taffy food representation. You can read all about the fuss.

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Want Some Trenton on That Burger?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Uncategorized |

trenton pork roll burgerPork roll is not just for breakfast! You can have your pork roll, egg and cheese in the AM and add a slab to your burger at lunch! The Jersey Burger, the Trenton Burger, the Pork Roll Burger, whatever you call it, it’s a great way to increase your daily pork roll intake.

Red Bank Green profiles Stew Goldstein at Monmouth Meats. He added the Trenton Burger to the menu recently and he has obviously made a few fans.

You can read it over at Red Bank Green.

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The Pork Roll Rachel is in My Belly

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in recipes, sandwiches |

A few days ago I posted about a recipe for a Pork Roll Rachel that I saw over at Serious Eats. Well, this morning, I decided that I needed to go ahead and fire up the pork roll skillet and build me a rachel.

pork roll rachel sandwich on plate

The Pork Roll Rachel

I started out by building my pork roll pac man army.
pork roll pac man

Pork Roll Pac Men

After your pork roll has been cooked, put them aside for a moment while you prepare the rye bread. Butter the outsides of your bread, grilled cheese style. On the inside, add a slice of swiss, then add some Thousand Island dressing. Then you can re-introduce your pork roll by piling it on to your sandwich. On top of that, add a pile of cole slaw.
pork roll rachel with cole slaw

Rye bread stacked with Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, pork roll (of course), and cole slaw…

pork roll rachel sandwich with butter

Another slice of swiss on top and finish it off with the other slice of rye.

pork roll rachel in the skillet

Keep the heat low and let it heat up evenly and slowly.

pork roll rachel tony the tiger

Tony likes it!

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