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).