Finally, here’s another recipe of the German Classics series I’ve wanted to share with you, the legendary Toast Hawaii. This used to be one of my absolute favourite dishes when I was a kid, and my mom loved it, too, as these toasts are an incredibly quick and easy lunch or dinner option. Just perfect for time-pressed working moms with hungry children. ;)
This recipe was invented, or at least made popular, by the German TV cook Clemens Wilmenrod and is considered typical for West Germany in the 1950s. (Source: Wikipedia)
Classic Toast Hawaii
A quick and easy lunch or dinner option, that is also highly customizable. The original recipe uses ham, but if you’re a vegetarian like me, you can replace it with Tofurky slices, smoked tofu, or extra cheese. I normally use Emmental cheese, but you can of course choose any kind of cheese you like. Vegan cheese substitutes, like Daiya, should work, too.
To make this a slightly healthier meal, serve the toasts with a side salad.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
8 slices of sandwich bread (white or whole wheat)
4 tsp butter
8 slices of pineapple (fresh or canned)
8 large slices of ham (or Tofurky slices or smoked tofu)
8 slices of cheese (Emmental/swiss cheese or whichever you prefer)
Pre-heat your oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Slightly toast the bread and spread with butter. If you are using canned pineapple slices, drain them thoroughly.
Place the toasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Layer on ham, pineapple, and finally cheese.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges are slightly browned. Serve hot.
Drown the toasts in a cup of tomato ketchup and dig in! Oh wait, that’s just me. ;)