Vegetarian Hawaiian Toast
The Origins of Hawaiian Toast
Hawaiian Toast is a dish which I first came across in Germany a number of years ago. At the time, I did not know that it is actually of German invention - way back in the 1950's - and has nothing to do with Hawaii at all. I can only presume that it is the inclusion of pineapple, so associated with Hawaii, that earned it its name. Hawaiian toast is traditionally made by placing ham and pineapple on toast, melting cheese over the top and garnishing with a cherry. This is my own variation of the dish, designed for vegetarians but very much capable of being enjoyed every bit as much by omnivores.
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Vegetarian Hawaiian Toast Ingredients
The elimination of the ham from the Hawaiian Toast means that the dish loses a little bit of bite. In order to combat this effect to at least some extent, egg is used to give the toast itself some extra body and a slice of tomato is added.
1 slice of bread
1 ring of pineapple
1 slice of tomato
2oz grated cheddar cheese
Handful of fresh rocket leaves
Couple of basil leaves for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Preparing the Vegetarian Hawaiian Toast
The egg should be cracked in to a wide bowl, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper and beaten with a fork just until the yolk and albumin (egg white) are fully combined. A little sunflower or vegetable oil should then be added to a non-stick frying-pan and brought up to a medium heat. The bread should then be carefully drawn through the beaten egg so that it is fully coated on both sides and added to the frying-pan.
The bread should be fried for a couple of minutes on each side until it turns a beautiful golden colour and the egg is completely cooked. The pineapple ring should then be added to the centre of the bread and the tomato slice on top. The grated cheese should be carefully scattered over the top, further black pepper added and the frying-pan placed under a hot, overhead grill for about a minute, until the cheese melts and begins to bubble.
The fresh rocket leaves should be arranged as a bed on a plate and the Vegetarian Hawaiian Toast placed on top. The basil leaves should be used as a final garnish as shown and the dish served immediately.
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