Uitsmijter

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Uitsmijter

Dutch breakfast usually consists of bread: slices or rolls in the morning with a cup of coffee, or perhaps a beschuit, a Dutch rusk, with a cup of tea. Surprisingly enough, most often lunch will also consist of bread. Whether it’s a cup of soup and a roll, or a slice of bread with a kroket, bread somehow always features a role in this midday meal.

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Dutch breakfast usually consists of bread: slices or rolls in the morning with a cup of coffee, or perhaps a beschuit, a Dutch rusk, with a cup of tea. Surprisingly enough, most often lunch will also consist of bread. Whether it’s a cup of soup and a roll, or a slice of bread with a kroket, bread somehow always features a role in this midday meal.

A lunch dish that is very popular is the uitsmijter, an open-faced sandwich with ham, cheese and fried eggs. The sandwich is eaten with knife and fork and is considered a full meal. Most often the choice of meat will be ham, if not specified, but uitsmijters can also be served with roast beef, pastrami, turkey, bacon or even just with cheese.

The eggs are usually served sunny-side up, over-medium. If you order an uitsmijter (the word means “bouncer” or “out-thrower”, if you translate it literally: the dish was often the last thing served at parties or in bars before closing time) for breakfast it's served by itself. As a lunch item, it usually comes accompanied with a small salad on the side or some greens to spruce it up. 

Uitsmijter

  • 3 eggs
  • 15 grams (0.5 oz) butter
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Cheese
  • Ham

Place the slices of bread, lightly toasted if desired, on a plate. Spread with butter. Add ham and cheese. Fry three eggs in a skillet, salt and pepper them to your liking, and place them on top of the open-faced sandwich. Serve with a small salad on the side.

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