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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.
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!
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.