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Strammer Max - Fried Eggs and Ham


Strammer Max

Strammer Max

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A Berlin and Saxon slang word for an erection, eating a Strammer Max was supposed to give you amazing powers. Now a popular pub dinner, it is easy to make, with bread, ham and eggs. Sometimes cheese is added. See below for a variation called "Ein Krüstchen."

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 pieces of Bauernbrot, Schwarzbrot or fresh Mischbrot
  • Butter
  • Mustard (optional)
  • 4 slices of air dried ham (Rohschinken)
  • 2 slices of cheese (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika for color


Variation number 1: Spread a little butter on the bread, and mustard if you wish. Lay the ham on the slices, cover with cheese, if using and fry in a little more butter, with a lid to melt the cheese.

While the bread is frying, fry the eggs with salt and pepper. Place a fried egg on top of each bread and sprinkle with paprika for color.

Serve with green salad and Bratkartoffeln.

Variation number 2: Fry the bread on both sides, fry the ham and eggs separately and arrange the open - faced sandwich with the egg on top. Originally, cheese was not included.

Variation number 3: In Bavaria, Strammer Max is served as fried Leberkäse with fried egg, served with potato salad.

Krüstchen: In Rhineland and Sauerland, a Krüstchen is a piece of rye roll (Roggelchen) layered with a breaded schnitzel and a fried egg. It is served with French fries or potato salad.

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