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A delicious breakfast sandwich, also known as the Jersey Breakfast, made with pork roll (aka Taylor ham), fried egg and cheese on a toasted Everything bagel. It's so easy to make a lot of these at once and in advance to feed a large, hungry family!
This is one of my FAVORITE breakfast sandwiches, and I love to make this when I need to feed a lot of people, and I want to prepare my food in advance.
It's so easy to prepare all of the ingredients, assemble the sandwiches, wrap them in foil and store in the fridge until I'm ready to heat them up and serve them. You can make these up to two days in advance.
Why this recipe works
- Making these sandwiches in advance saves time on the day of your breakfast or brunch
- Using pork roll as the meat gives the sandwiches a great salty, meaty flavor that goes great with egg and American cheese
- Everything bagels provide lots of flavor with all of the seasonings on the outside crust.
- Melty cheese holds everything together
How to make Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches
Gather all ingredients.
- Everything Bagels
- American Cheese
- Pork Roll - also known as Taylor Ham
Prep the pork roll by slicing almost to the center two or three times. This will keep the meat from bubbling up in the center when cooking in the skillet. When this happens, only the outside of the meat will be able to brown.
Something funny to note about this breakfast meat popular in New Jersey, the people there are VERY passionate about calling it either pork roll or Taylor ham. They do NOT call it both. This blog post gives a great history about the origins of this never-ending debate.
I'm Team Pork Roll.
Cook the pork roll over medium heat until brown and slightly crispy on all sides.
Cook the eggs in the same skillet.
Pop the yolks so they can cook through. Since we're making these in advance, this won't be a runny yolk type of sandwich.
Eggs are done!
Add the cooked egg to one half of the bagel.
Place the cooked pork roll on top of the egg.
Top the pork roll with a slice of American cheese. White or yellow American works fine.
Wrap the sandwich with aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to two days.
I like to store all of the wrapped sandwiches in a large Ziploc bag to keep them all together.
Cooking / Reheating the sandwiches
When you are ready to eat the sandwiches, remove from the refrigerator and let the sandwiches come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 375° F and cook the sandwiches (still wrapped in the foil) on the center rack for 15 minutes.
- Instead of Everything bagels, try plain, onion, cheddar or jalapeño bagels.
- If you can't find pork roll, try bacon, deli ham or even Spam.
- You can use egg whites if you don't like to use full eggs with the yolks.
Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches with Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese
- 8 slices pork roll
- 8 eggs
- 8 slices American cheese
- 8 Everything bagels
Prepare the sandwich ingredients
- Make cuts in the pork roll almost to the middle - about two or three.
- Cook the pork roll in a skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides. Remove to a plate.
- Cook the eggs in the same skillet until the whites and yolk are no longer runny. You may need to poke the yolk to spread it out and have it cook more evenly across the egg. Try to keep each egg the size of the diameter of the bagel. Remove to a plate when done.
Assemble the sandwiches
- Place one slice of cooked pork roll on one half of a bagel.
- Place one cooked egg on top of the pork roll.
- Place one slice of American cheese on top of the egg.
- Top with the other bagel half.
- Wrap sandwich with aluminum foil. Refrigerate until ready to heat and serve.
Cooking / Reheating Sandwiches
- Allow sandwiches to come to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, still wrapped in the foil.