Taylor ham is essentially a pork roll which was created in the late 1880s by a Trentonian named John Taylor. It's used for breakfast either on its own or nestled between egg and cheese on a roll or bagel. And it's, like, near impossible to get outside the state of New Jersey. (I had a friend once ship it to himself in LA in dry ice.)
The best place to get Taylor ham when you're in New Jersey? A neighborhood deli or bagel shop. Or you can buy it in grocery stores and cook it up for yourself. Just make sure to make Xs in the center so it doesn't curl up in the pan.
However, something disturbing came to my attention recently. Depending on which part of New Jersey you're in, the breakfast meat I love so much is also called Pork Roll. Judging from some brief 21st century research--consulting relatives, Facebook friends and Twitterati--it seems to be a geographical war. If you're from North Jersey (Represent!) you call it Taylor ham. If you're from South Jersey, you call it Pork Roll. Naturally, I'm a Taylor ham girl all the way.
Whaddya call it? Taylor ham or Pork Roll? Let us know in comments below.
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