Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip

5 from 3 votes
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The Big Daddy of all football games is just a week away, and #SundaySupper is here with a full menu of The Best Football Food, from appetizers and main dishes to drinks and desserts. It’s not a party unless there’s ooey, gooey, cheesy dips, so I was inspired by a New Jersey breakfast staple to make this Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip recipe for the Big Game.

Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip

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I run the risk of alienating some of my readers with this recipe. Some of you follow my blog for my healthy meals and snacks for the family. Others like that I try to use a lot of non-processed ingredients. Then there’s that group that enjoys checking out my sweet treats and decadent desserts.

This is none of the above.

This, my friends, is pork roll, aka Taylor ham, but if you are serious about this lovely log of porky goodness, you are going to call it pork roll. Ground up pork, spiced and seasoned to perfection, then packed into a cotton bag to form that well-known tube shape. Just like a good Jersey diner or bagel shop, slice it, pan fry it, then pile it onto a bagel or Kaiser roll with eggs and cheese and you have a true Garden State classic. Pork roll has a cult following. There’s even a festival dedicated to it. After my aunt, uncle, and cousins moved to Kentucky, every time they came for a visit to New Jersey they brought along a cooler and ice packs for the sole purpose of stocking it with pork roll.

People are serious about their pork roll.

As a kid I was never much into eggs, so my dad would just make me pork roll and cheese on a bagel for a special breakfast when I would visit him on the weekend. My mom would fry some up in a pan and put it on a hamburger roll with ketchup for a quick and easy dinner. I’m not going to even try to attempt to convince you that there’s any redeeming nutritional value in pork roll. I’ll be honest, I pretty much never eat it anymore. In fact, before I made this recipe, I can’t remember the last time I ate it.

So for that reason, I’m not going to defend the fact that I was eating this by the spoonful…

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Yes, guys, I went there. I made Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip. Browned bits of pork roll swimming in a sea of creamy goodness, and topped with even more sharp cheddar cheese. It’s super flavorful, super gooey, super meaty, super cheesy, and super good for that super football game that we will all be watching. I may have opted for spooning it into my mouth, but the obvious dipper for a dish of melty, pork roll-filled goodness – bagel chips naturally. Whether you are a pork roll aficionado or have never tried it before, I guarantee you are going to love this game day snack that’s perfectly spiced with the tangy sharpness of good cheddar cheese.

For my gluten free readers, you may need to check the brand of pork roll or Taylor ham you use. While the ones I looked up all said that they do not have any gluten-containing ingredients, some say that they cannoy guarantee that the animals were not fed a wheat-free diet. I am not sure how this could lead to cross-contamination (and let’s be real, I’m not sure I want to know. This is pork roll we are talking about), but if you have a severe allergy or celiac disease, I suppose this could cause an issue. Obviously you also won’t be using the bagel chips, unless you make them with gluten free bagels, but as I said, a spoon is a perfectly acceptable device for delivering this cheesy awesomeness to your mouth.

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5 from 3 votes

Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip

The New Jersey Diner classic becomes a fun party appetizer in this cheesy dip recipe.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Taylor ham pork roll diced into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature (I used light)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt I used nonfat
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese about 2 cups shredded, , divided (I used Cabot Seriously Sharp)
  • Bagel chips for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and brown pork roll for about 8-10 minutes. Drain some of excess grease on paper towels.
  • In a bowl, stir together the cream cheese, yogurt, and 6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) cheddar cheese until thoroughly combined. Stir in the pork roll.
  • Transfer mixture to a glass or ceramic baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Top with the remaining 2 oz. (1/2 cup) cheddar cheese.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly, and lightly browned.
  • Serve with bagel chips for dipping.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 672mg28%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip - the New Jersey Diner classic becomes a fun party appetizer in this cheesy dip recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free recipe

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Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip - the New Jersey Diner classic becomes a fun party appetizer in this cheesy dip recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free recipe

Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip - the New Jersey Diner classic becomes a fun party appetizer in this cheesy dip recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free recipe

 

28 Comments
  1. Sometimes food memories are too good for the soul to pass up, every now and then. I’ve never heard of a pork roll but anything with cheese in a dip is good in my book for a football par-tay!

  2. Wow, that looks so good!! I don’t think I have ever seen a cooked pork roll at the grocery store, might be a US thing, we don’t get all that is divine up here in Canada.

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