RECIPE: Hawaiian Toast

Hawaiian toast garnished with sliced strawberries. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly and HOMEPLATE.



4 slices sandwich bread (Helga recommends Texas toast)

8 slices Black Forest ham, thinly sliced

4 slices Swiss cheese (thinly sliced)

4 pineapple rings

1 large strawberry sliced (for topping). In Germany, the preferred topping is sour cherries.



Preheat oven on broil setting. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toast bread slices in a toaster; butter each slice. On to the buttered sides of the toast, place 2 slices of Black Forest ham (fold over each slice of ham). Place one ring of pineapple on each toast slice, then top with a slice of Swiss cheese. Fold the cheese so it fits nicely over the toast. Place the toast slices on a foil-lined baking sheet, and place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Quickly remove from oven, plate and garnish toast with fresh strawberries or a teaspoon of sour cherry preserves.  Makes 4 light servings, or two hearty servings. You can also top with sour cherries.

ABOUT HELGA WENGLER – “Homeplate Homestyle” host Helga Wengler is a native of Frankfurt, Germany. She learned to cook from her mother and loves to share her knowledge and ability with TV viewers each week on “Homeplate Homestyle.”  She and her husband, Wolfgang, are very active in the local community. Helga and Wolfgang also enjoy spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. Visit for more of Helga’s recipes.

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  1. Quite good! The surprise sweetness of the pineapple balances nicely with the savory, smoky flavor of the Black Forest ham!


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