Strammer max (German open sandwich)


A strammer max is a German open sandwich which you can customise with a variety of toppings. This version has ham, cheese and a fried egg on warmed slices of bread.

15 minutes 2 people Lunch 585 calories p.p.
Strammer max (German open sandwich)


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  • 1 tomato
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 2 slices of mild cheese
  • fresh bread
  • gherkins (pickles)
  • butter
  • sunflower oil
  • chives
  • salt and pepper
Strammer max (German open sandwich) ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • oven
  • oven tray lined with baking parchment
  • frying pan
  • bread knife
  • spatula
  • chopping board
  • chef's knife


15 minutes 2 people Lunch 585 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 5 minutes

Preheat the oven to a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Cut 2 thick slices of bread (preferably from a large loaf), or use ready sliced bread.

Spread the slices of bread with butter (allow it to come to room temperature first, if necessary).

Rinse the tomato under cold running water and cut it into slices. Halve 3-4 gherkins lengthwise.

Strammer max (German open sandwich)
Strammer max (German open sandwich)

Finish the strammer max – 10 minutes

Top both slices of bread with a large slice of ham and a slice of mild cheese. Place the open sandwiches on an oven tray and heat them in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.

Heat a dash of sunflower oil in a frying pan and crack in 2 eggs. Fry the fried eggs until done to your liking, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Remove the sandwiches from the oven and place the gherkins, sliced tomato and fried eggs on top. Garnish with some dried or fresh chives, if you like.

It’s great served with a crunchy side salad. Enjoy!

Strammer max (German open sandwich): frequently asked questions

Where does the strammer max come from?

This open sandwich originated in the Berlin region of Germany.

What kind of ham is best?

In addition to pre-cooked ham, you could use cured ham such as Black Forest ham or prosciutto. You can substitute, or add to, the ingredients in this tasty dish.

Where does the name strammer max come from?

In German "max" can be used to refer to the male genitals. The German word “strammer” can mean “firmer” or “harder”. So, the name of this sandwich suggests a potential potency-enhancing effect that the eggs might have.

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