Here is an easy recipe for a snack we loved at home, sometimes for easy and quick lunch, sometimes in the evening in front of the TV.
We call it Toast Hawaii – a recipe that became popular in the 1950ies, when Germans associated fruit like pineapple or oranges with exotic destinations, a time when Germans travelled by car or train to holiday destinations in the mediterranean and Hawaii was out of bounds for most Germans.
So now you know the history, here is the recipe with prices:
Toast Hawaii (as made in my Grandma’s home)
Toast (we prefer toast with a little bit of full grain to completely white bread toast), a package of 500 g (approx. 1,1 pound in American measures) will cost 0,55 Euro (about 0,62 in American money but you only need about half a package: 0,28 Euro – 0,31 Dollar).
Butter, 250 g (more than half a pound, but you only need about 40 g – about a tenth of an American pound) 0,75 Euro- 0,84 Dollar- but you need about a sixth of that – that is 12 Eurocent – or 0,14 Dollar.
Ham (sorry, Bacon) cooked – 150 g 1,49 Euro – 1,67 Dollar
Tinned rings of pineapple – one can/tin should suffice – 0,77 Dollar (0,69 Euro)
Melting cheese in slices – we always took the variety Chester, you can also take Cheddar or any other you fancy:
250 g 0,79 Euro – 0,89 Dollar, you won’t need a full package, just one slice per toast. Approx two thirds of that – approx 0,60 Dollar or 0,52 Eurocent
So much for ingredients and prices, here now what you have got to do with that:
Toast 8 slices of toast. Butter slightly. Lay ham and a ring of pineapple on that and top with cheese. Put into preheated oven, 180 ° Celsius, 356 ° F – for 6 minutes or as long as it takes to melt and only slightly brown the cheese (only very slightly!).
Toast: € 0,28 (0,31 $), Butter: € 0,12 (0,14 $), Cooked ham € 1,49 (1,67 $), Pineapple rings – one tin € 0,69 (0,77 $), Cheese € 0,79 (0,89 $)
€ 3,37 or 3,78 $