Toast Hawaii

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Toast Hawaii
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Alternative namesHawaiian Toast
TypeOpen sandwich
CourseBreakfast or Lunch
Place of originGermany
Created byClemens Wilmenrod
Main ingredientsToast, ham, pineapple, maraschino cherry, cheese

Toast Hawaii or Hawaiian Toast is an open sandwich consisting of a slice of toast with ham and cheese, and a maraschino cherry in the middle of a pineapple slice, broiled, so that the cheese starts to melt.[1] It was invented, or at least made popular, by the German TV cook Clemens Wilmenrod and is considered typical of West Germany in the 1950s.[by whom?] It is likely that it was adapted from the "Grilled Spamwich", a recipe published in a Spam cookbook by Hormel in 1939[2] and brought to West Germany by American G.I.s. Spam was not available in Germany's grocery stores so Wilmenrod replaced it with a slice of cooked ham and Toast Hawaii was born.[3]

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  1. ^ Helge Denker (3 April 2009). "Deutschlands erster TV-Koch erfindet den Toast Hawaii" (in German). BILD. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Grilled Spamwich. Cover slices of buttered toast with sliced Spam. Top with sections of canned pineapple; sprinkle with grated cheese. Place under broiler until cheese melts." Hormel invites you to dine. Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, Minnesota, 1939.
  3. ^ Dann Woeller (23 June 2019). "Toast Hawaii – The German Equivalent to American Grilled Cheese".