Chatelaine Kitchen

Chatelaine recipe redux circa 1976: Peach surprise

To mark Chatelaine’s 85th anniversary, we combed through the archives and took a few vintage recipes into the Chatelaine Kitchen for testing. Find out if this open-faced sandwich stands the test of time!



The union of sweet and salty pair so well together — chocolate and pretzels, caramel and sea salt, jam and cheese — just to name a few. But what about ham and peaches? We test out this surprising sandwich combination from 1976.

THEN: Peach Surprise, 1976

Makes 6 sandwiches.


  • 3 English muffins, split, toasted
  • Sweet butter
  • 6 slices cooked ham or spiced beef
  • 10-oz can sliced peaches, drained
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  • SPREAD toasted English muffin halves with butter. Cut meat slices to fit muffin; lay slices on each muffin half. Top with drained peach slices and shredded cheese. Fold mayonnaise and lemon juice into stiffly beaten egg whites. Spoon a large dollop of meringue on top of each sandwich. Place on baking sheet.
  • BAKE immediately at 400F for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve hot.

NOW: Peach Surprise, 2013



The verdict from our re-test? We had a mixed consensus on this one. Half of us who tried it thought it was an odd mix of flavours and textures; the other half gave rave reviews. (Our associate food editor, Carolyn, even happily exclaimed how it reminded her of her childhood). It’s a sure winner if you like ham, canned peaches, melted cheese and meringue (all in one bite).