Pork Roll Rachel Sandwiches Recipe

Two Rachel sandwiches stacked on top of each other, on a slate cheese board with containers of pickles and slaw
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Taylor Pork Roll, also known as Taylor Ham, is a seasoned pork product from New Jersey. It can be ordered online from jerseyporkroll.com. If unavailable, you can also use thin slices of Spam.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 6 to 8 slices pork roll (see note)

  • 4 slices rye bread

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 1 cup cole slaw

  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Stack pork roll slices and cut a single notch from the center to the edge of the stack. Lay pork roll slices in a single layer in the skillet (you may need to work in batches) and fry until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Assemble sandwiches: Lay four slices of bread on a cutting board. Place a slice of swiss cheese on each. Divide half of cole slaw evenly between two slices of bread. Top each with half of pork roll. Top each stack of pork roll with half of dressing. Top with remaining cole slaw. Close sandwiches and press gently to compess.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low or preheat sandwich press to medium. Melt butter in skillet or in sandwich press. Place sandwiches in skillet or press and cook until even golden brown, pressing gently and flipping half way through cooking, about 10 minutes total. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Large non-stick of cast iron skillet, or a sandwich press

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
934 Calories
72g Fat
41g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 934
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 72g 93%
Saturated Fat 28g 141%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 1546mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 592mg 46%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 424mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)