Strammer Max (German Sandwich with Cured Ham and Eggs)

Looking to Make Strammer Max? Our German Shares Her Version!

If you are in need of a hearty and fast meal, look no further than Strammer Max. This German open-face sandwich is traditionally made with a darker German rye bread, a cured ham (like Prosciutto) and a fried egg on top!

Strammer Max is actually something that Lisa ate growing up in Germany. Lisa’s dad mainly used to make it for dinner but – given the ingredients – Strammer Max can also be eaten for breakfast/brunch.

fried egg on bread with onion beside strammer max
A little bit of onion for some extra crunch and flavor!

The first time Eric was introduced to Strammer Max was when we were travelling in Germany and needed a brunch stop in Passau (alovely town in Bavaria on the Danube river). Let’s just say that he fell in love with it the moment the server brought it over! It was like a number of great elements of a North American breakfast all together on good German bread – and that was a good thing.

two fried eggs on bread on wooden cutting board strammer max recipe
Two Strammer Max – coming right up!

That said, Strammer Max is eaten throughout the country – and there are many different versions of it. There are a number of different darker breads to choose from. Rye is a very popular choice but you can also try others. When we made it to take the photos you see in this recipe post, we only had a “seedy bread” – usually we would make it with a darker bread without seeds. We like to garnish it with some thinly sliced onions for a bit of extra flavor.

large fried egg yolk on ham and cutting board
Make sure the yolk is still slightly runny…

Before you re-create Strammer Max, here are a few things you should consider/know:

  • Bread thickness is important. We like a thick slice and also like it untoasted but you can opt for a thin slice and even toast it. Trust us though, fresh bread untoasted is a great way to make it.
  • The egg yolk should still be a little runny. This means that you can wipe it up with the bread as it oozes out. However, if you are not a fan of runny yolks you can always cook it a bit firmer.
  • If you don’t have cured ham (generally prosciutto, for the North Americans), you can try other meats like a thinly sliced cooked ham.
large fried egg yolk on ham and cutting board

Strammer Max

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Strammer Max is a filling meal that is quick to prepare and always a crowd-pleaser. This open-faced sandwich is traditionally made with fresh German bread, thinly sliced cured ham, and a fried egg. Great for any meal throughout the day!

Ingredients

  • 2 Thick slices of rye bred
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil for frying
  • 4 Slices of cured ham
  • Butter
  • Pepper
  • Onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut two slices of rye bread. We usually cut thick slices when making Strammer Max - as this is what Lisa's family used to do growing up. If you prefer, you can cut the slices thinner.
  2. If you like, you can toast your bread in a toaster until slightly brown. We usually skip this step since fresh rye bread tastes delicious not toasted.
  3. Carefully butter your bread and add two slices of cured ham on each slice. Optional: Add a few slices of raw onions on top of the ham.
  4. Heat up your frying pan with a little bit of oil and crack the two eggs into it. Be careful to not break the yolk. Add pepper to taste. Fry your egg sunny-side up (yolk up) for approx. 6 minutes. The yolk should still be slightly runny.
  5. Using a spatula/flipper, gently place the fried egg on top of your bread and ham. Serve, and enjoy hot!

Notes

There are lots of variations of this open-faced German sandwich. Instead of cured-ham, some people like to use cooked ham or Leberkäse (especially in Bavaria). Don't be surprised if you come across even more variations!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 963mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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