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Under 30 Minutes

Northern European Breakfast

While not so common in the United States, this dish is a classic morning staple in parts of Europe. Red-pepper jelly adds a delicate sweetness. Feel free to swap in your favorite cheese.

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  • Servings: 2
Northern European Breakfast

Source: Body+Soul, May 2008


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces nitrate-free deli ham
  • 2 slices turkey breast
  • 2 ounces cheese, such as Gouda, havarti, or Gruyere
  • 5 to 6 ounces sliced dark bread, such as pumpernickel
  • 2 ounces grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red-pepper jelly


  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let stand 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs and run under cold water until cool. Peel and halve.

  2. Arrange eggs, ham, turkey, cheese, bread, mustard, and jelly on a dish.

Reviews (3)

  • ss2003 21 Apr, 2010

    I love how Northern Europeans do breakfast. We were in Austria and Germany many years ago on vacation, and the breakfasts at some of the hotels was fabulous. Alll the cheese, ham/turkey, and granola's/grains offered was such a nice change from the typical American breakfast of eggs, toast, sausage, and bacon (or McDonald's), and much healthier for you too. This looks delicious!

  • KittyMary 2 Feb, 2009

    I love to have all different kinds of foods for breakfast. Cold pizza is one of my faves. Love to go to England one sunny day.

  • doreen268 18 Jan, 2009

    Cold cuts and cheeses on Pumpernickel, an American dream lunch made special with hard eggs for breakfast. Came to the states as a toddler and raised by Brits, 50 years later I have always been 100% American. Still like that Euro touch of cuisine however.

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