Hawaiian toast, old and nostalgic German cuisine. My father's recipe for a quick dinner
My father's kitchen repertoire is scarce but quite curious due to the mixture of cultures it represents. Their Swiss recipes are mostly simple, one of those typical ones that we learn as children at home and that are a bit comfort food nostalgic. These Hawaiian toasts are a good example, which may sound a little strange but take me back to childhood.
For me, this dish is pure old-fashioned cuisine, an ideal recipe to quench the appetite of those who don't know how or don't feel like cooking. It was born in the 1950s in Germany and since then it has remained a nostalgic dish that is easy to find even on the menus of some places. Canned pineapple at that time gave an exotic air to any dish in Europe.
IngredientsFor 2 persons
- White or whole wheat sliced bread 4
- Good quality sliced cooked ham 4
- Pineapple in its juice, sliced 4
- Sliced Gouda or Emmental cheese 4
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ground black pepper
- Sweet paprika
How to Make Hawaii ToastDifficulty: Easy
- Total time 15 m
- Elaboration 5m
- Cooking 10 m
Preheat the oven to 200ºC and prepare a tray or dish. Brush the bread with olive oil and brown in the oven for 3-4 minutes, letting it toast just a little. Drain the canned pineapple well.
Place two slices of ham on each slice of bread, or one if they are very thick. Arrange a pineapple slice on top and cover with the cheese. Give a hit of black pepper and season with a little paprika. Not too much, because it can burn in the oven.
Bake until the cheese has melted to taste and serve with more paprika, this time to the diner's taste. You could combine the sweet with the spicy, or add a little touch of cayenne. It is also typical to top each toast with a cherry, but my father never ate them like that as a child, so we never use them at home.
With what to accompany the Hawaii toasts
At my house we used to share Hawaii toast for dinner, sometimes with a vegetable cream or salad. It is not exactly a luxurious recipe or especially healthy, but with good quality ingredients in the end the combination of flavors surprises. Of course, if pizza with pineapple seems an aberration, this curious typical German-Swiss recipe will probably not convince you much.