Fried Eggs & Ham Breakfast, Dutch Style

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Recipe: #32160

May 19, 2019

"This is the traditional Dutch recipe for this fried egg and ham sandwich. Legend goes that this dish used to be served to cafe patrons late at night, just before they were kicked out at closing time, which may explain why the Dutch name for this dish, "uitsmijter," which means "bouncer" or ''doorman'' in English. It is now a popular breakfast, brunch and lunch dish in the Netherlands."

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (654.1 g)
  • Calories 1113
  • Total Fat - 66.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 24.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 1870.3 mg
  • Sodium - 2101.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 4.7 g
  • Protein - 91.4 g
  • Calcium - 919.7 mg
  • Iron - 10.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 1 mg

Step 1

Melt the butter in a frying pan or skillet and fry the eggs.

Step 2

Once the bottoms of the eggs are set, take the pan off the heat, place a lid on the pan and allow the eggs to steam until the top has firmed up. If you prefer your eggs more thoroughly cooked, flip them over and fry until the yolk is done to your liking.

Step 3

Lightly toast the bread (optional).

Step 4

Place the slices of bread or toast on a plate.

Step 5

Top with the fried eggs, ham and cheese.

Step 6

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 7


Step 8

Use sharp cheddar cheese instead of Gouda.

Step 9

Add sliced avocado and substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the Gouda.

Step 10

Top the eggs and ham with cheese and put under the broiler to melt the cheese for a few minutes before completing the sandwich.

Step 11

Substitute crispy bacon for the ham.

Step 12

Use smoked rather than boiled ham.

Step 13

Serve on whole-wheat or whole-grain bread or toast.

Step 14

Spread butter or mayonnaise on the toast.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.