Recipe: Hawaii Toast

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Toast Hawaii with German bread

Toast "Hawaii" features mild German country bread, ham, pineapple and Swiss cheese, topped with a cherry, for a delightful flavor combo! 

This simple recipe has a story to it. It was made famous by a German TV cook in the 1950s. He coined the name "Hawai Toast", and it developed a following in Germany as a great breakfast dish, especially after a night of partying. The "Hawai Toast" is even the topic of some German "Schlager" music. The idea of the open-face sandwich was brought to Germany by American soldiers. The Americans used a similar recipe called a “Spamwich”, taken from a popular American cookbook. Since Spam (the processed meat product in a can) wasn’t available in Germany, they used ham as a pretty good substitute. And there you have it – a German dish popular to this day!


  • BreadVillage Country Bread
  • Butter
  • Ham
  • Pineapple rings (canned or fresh), drained and dried with a paper towel
  • Cheese, any
  • Canned cherry


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220°C).
  2. Briefly toast each slice of bread, add ham, pineapple and slice (or sprinkling) of cheese.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  4. Remove from the oven and place a cherry in the center

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