Monday, March 28, 2016

Toast Hawaii

It's the day after Easter 2016.  We had a lovely family brunch at our daughter's house.  It was fun but as usual we had leftover food.  One food we had extra was ham.  Just as Thanksgiving day is usually about turkey, on Easter we usually have ham.  Bringing home some ham slices reminded me of our vacation to Florida.  One day, while touring the Sarasota and Siesta Key area, we started looking for a place to eat lunch.  We came across a place called The Taste of Germany.  It was actually a bakery that also served breakfast and lunch.  The bakery specialized in Germany baked goods.

Although it was afternoon and the bakery was mostly sold out, we were able to have lunch.  My husband and brother-in-law took advantage of the German sausage and sauerkraut meals.  My sister and I decided on a item called Toast Hawaii with a side of purple cabbage.  It was delicious and seemed simple enough to make at home.

When we returned home, I tried to make the Toast Hawaii.  I just toasted and buttered a piece of bread and put it on an oven safe dish. Then I covered the toast with a piece of thickly sliced ham, put a pineapple slice on the ham and put a piece of Swiss cheese on top of the pineapple.  Provolone or any cheese would work well.  I put it in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melted on top.

It made a wonderful lunch.  I think I will make it again today with some leftover ham.  I wasn't sure if this is a German delicacy or if it's Hawaiian, but it's really good and easy to make.  I did look it up and this is what I found. Toast Hawaii is to Germans as Grilled Cheese is to Americans.  This fact is probably well known to others, but it was news to me. 

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