The Dish: The Taylor Egg Roll
Where to Get It: Taylor Gourmet, multiple locations; taylorgourmet.com
Price: $4.99 for two
What It Is: These egg rolls are stuffed with mozzarella, sharp provolone, hot capicola, Genoa salami, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, and red onions. The ingredients are wrapped in egg roll paper and deep-fried. They’re served with a side of marinara sauce.
What It Tastes Like: The Taylor Roll is seriously spicy, cheesy, and greasy. The capicola and pepperoncini give the dish a spicy heat. The mozzarella and provolone melt together in the deep fryer. And the juices from the meat and cheese squirt out of the egg roll on first bite.
The Story: What do Philadelphians stuff inside their egg rolls? All the fixings for a cheesesteak, of course. When Casey Patten, co-owner of Taylor Gourmet, revamped his sandwich shop chain’s menu earlier this spring, he decided to play around with a hoagie egg roll. It’s listed as a side and might very well beat out another Taylor favorite: the deep-fried risotto balls. Think of the Taylor Roll as a hoagie snack. “I wanted something cheesy and fried and with everything you would find inside a regular cold cut,” Patten says.
How to Eat It: “This is probably the 3:30 a.m. order,” Patten says. Just be patient and come armed with napkins. The egg roll is served straight from the fryer, so an over-eager eater risks a burnt tongue and a few splattered grease stains.
Photo courtesy Taylor Gourmet