Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese... as Jersey as it gets.

Good Sunday Morning Readers!

This week off of work was totally needed for me to recharge, look around and enjoy life.

Sunday Mornings greet me with the urge to be creative in the kitchen.

Today however, I just wanted to keep it old school and make a sandwich that I haven't had in quite a while.

For those readers who don't know what pork roll is, then sit back and enjoy.

Pork Roll is a breakfast meat found in New Jersey and in some cases Philadelphia.

Also Known as Taylor Ham, It is sold in tube form or sliced.

The sandwich is simple:

2 Fried eggs seasoned with salt and pepper (yolk broken or not.. dealers choice.)

1 Fresh Kaiser roll or hard roll

3-4 slices of Taylor ham. ( also fried. The edges get nice and crispy and that makes the sandwich pop)

1-2 slices of American Cheese ( Thank you Wes for pointing out me missing this critical element)

You can toast the roll if you like. ( I just put mine in the drippings of the pork roll to get the added flavor.)

adding salt pepper and ketchup (or SPK as its called in the diners) enhances the flavor too)
Coffee is always a great accompaniment.

Readers I highly recommend this sandwich. It is a meal that is missed highly when I am out of state.

Last bite?
Its little things like this that make me proud to be a native to New Jersey.

Till next time readers. ( I just might make another one........)

Follow The way of The Fork

God Bless.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Candy Bacon added to a vanilla gelato.

If candy bacon is wrong, then my friends I don't ever want to be right.

I had a week off of work (finally) and I decided to use my time wisely.

I spent countless hours noodling on my guitar, went to my sons graduation, and
drank like a fish.

I also took my bike out for a couple of rides. (I love my bike).

Today I felt a need to do something in the kitchen......

So there I am, home alone eyeballing this pound of thick cut bacon.

I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and focused on the light brown sugar in my pantry.

That's it!! Candy Bacon!!

Oh I have heard tale of this sweet salty creation but only around the fire pit after a few beers.

Today my friends that tale was greeted with open arms....... and empty belly......and my undying passion for bacon.

The recipe is simple.

Pre Heat oven to 325.
you will need a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

Take 1 pound of thick cut bacon and lay it out on a cutting board.

Take 1 cup of light brown sugar and dredge each strip of bacon through sugar.
( you can pat it in to the strips too. make sure its fully covered on both sides.)

(Note: recipe calls for cinnamon to be added to the sugar. I decided not to do this. you can if you wont hurt my feelings.)
Lay the strips on to cookie sheet. ( you may have to do two batches)

Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on a clean parchment paper covered plate.
Place in refrigerator to cool. About 15-20 minutes.
Take out of refrigerator and break into pieces to share (yea right! more like to hide incase of a zombie apocalypse. )

Now I just happened to have some Tahitian Vanilla Gelato in the freezer, and I couldn't ask for a more perfect pairing.

I crumbled some Candy Bacon and topped my Gelato.

OH MY OH MY OH MY!!!!!!!

I found a new favorite thing to welcome into my bacon arsenal.

Grab a Spoon!! Before I eat it all!!!


Until Next Time,

Stay true to The Way...