Hoppel Poppel

Hoppel Poppel

(4 servings)    Printable Version
  • 8 small Yukon Gold or Red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
  • 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 cup diced onion (optional - we use Red Onion)
  • 2/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced green or red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced all-beef salami (I prefer Kosher Wilno)
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Boil or microwave potatoes til just barely tender. Cool, then cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the potatoes in the oil, tossing and stirring until they begin to brown. Add the butter to the skillet, then the onion (if using), mushrooms, pepper, and salami. Continue cooking and stirring until the potatoes begin to get crisp, the salami is crusty, and the vegetables are limp.

Lightly beat the eggs with the milk in medium bowl. Pour them into the skillet over all the other ingredients. Stir occasionally. As the eggs begin to set, sprinkle on the cheese. Cover and cook, without stirring, about 6 more minutes, until the eggs are fully set but still moist. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Hoppel Poppel (a German name) besides being fun to say, is popular in the Midwest all around the Great Lakes. Basically a "scramble", it's a hodge podge of eggs with cheese, Salami (or other meat) and veggies. The version I grew up on from Benji's Deli in Milwaukee, uses Kosher Wilno Salami. My family loves this for breakfast or dinner! Serve with toasted bagels.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Sherbg for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Hoppel Poppel?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 5 votes.

From neenap
Rating (out of 5):  

Born and raised in Milwaukee, I moved to Oregon 20 years ago, but I have fond memories of this dish (and Milwaukee) like the other commenters. Only difference is I had it at a little cafe on Cass and Wells St. (now Buckley's). It turned out great. Thank you!

Comment submitted: 5/3/2020 (#20949)

From S. Hopple
Rating (out of 5):  

We were nostalgic for Benji's Hopple Popple, which is not something easy to come by in California. Delighted to find this recipe in the same style!

Comment submitted: 12/23/2018 (#20696)

From Diva
Rating (out of 5):  

I used to eat at Benji's back in 1978 when I would drive up from Northwester University on the weekend and meet my husband there for breakfast. I'm making it right now because of the wonderful memories. Glad to see it's still thriving.

Comment submitted: 2/11/2017 (#20193)

From happy tummy

I miss this. I used to live in Brown Deer 23 years ago and would frequent a place called Benji's and have this. I can't wait to try it at home.

Comment submitted: 1/13/2012 (#13426)

From Seattle Girl
Rating (out of 5):  

I used to eat this at Benji's Deli in Shorewood (Milwaukee) as well -- 30 years ago. When I moved out west I knew I had to start making my own. We love this!

Comment submitted: 7/4/2010 (#10828)

From Jamie

Thank you! I used to eat Hopple Popple at Benji's when I lived in Shorewood 35 years ago. Today it popped into my mind and I searched on it and I found this recipe! I'm thrilled.

Comment submitted: 3/25/2010 (#10146)

From Me
Rating (out of 5):  

Just super.

Comment submitted: 2/25/2009 (#7656)

From stevo

Magic happens - good things come to those who wait!
Stevo, Australia

Comment submitted: 9/12/2008 (#6437)

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