Eat like a German - German Recipe:
Toast Hawaii

Toast Hawaii
Toast Hawaii
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Sounds exotic, seems - but isn't - American, but rather a "traditional" German food, even if no one wants to believe it: Toast Hawaii

It's easily the one meal everyone in Germany knows and has eaten before, but no one wants to acknowledge: Toast Hawaii.

This dishes popularity came about because it was prepared by one of the first TV cooks of Germany during the 1950's, on live TV - at a time when there were just two German TV programs, so that just about everybody saw the programs with Clemens Wilmenrod.

Main ingredients were canned pineapple slices and pieces of pre-sliced cheese for toast; two ingredients that were to be found in just about every household, making this an easy way for every housewife to quickly prepare a meal that seemed quite exotic.

Shortly afterwards, Toast Hawaii was to be found on the menus of just about all the West German restaurants and cafés; standard fare, garnished with a salad leaf on the side and accompanied by a bottle of Worcestershire sauce.

Fast forward to today, and Toast Hawaii is a modern classic that has just about nothing to do with the typical German cuisine, but is still inseparably connected to it.

Here, we want to give you two different recipes, one simple, the other something of a luxurious variation...


Hawaii Toast Recipe 1:

  • toast
  • butter
  • a can of pineapple slices
  • ham
  • processed cheese slices

Hawaii Toast Recipe 2:

  • toast
  • butter
  • a small pineapple, sliced​​, the hard center of it removed
  • cooked ham, sliced
  • Emmentaler or Gruyere or Gouda cheese (to taste)
  • some Roquefort or Gorgonzola
  • a glass of cranberries


Hawaii Toast Recipe 1:

First, spread some butter on the lightly toasted bread, then put a slice of ham, pineapple, and cheese on it.

Put in the oven or on a grill for just about 15 minutes, and your Toast Hawaii is finished.

Hawaii Toast Recipe 2:

Again, the bread is first toasted and then buttered. Then, add a slice of ham, a slice of the fresh pineapple, a piece of gorgonzola or roquefort cheese (put into the hole in the middle of the pineapple slice), and a slice of the other cheese.

Again, put the toast into the oven for some 15 minutes (until the cheese is melted and developed a bit of a golden-brown crust). Serve with a few spoons of cranberries.

Gaby Leeser
Gaby Leeser

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