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August 8, 2012

Best grilled ham and cheese

In his new book, Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics, Cactus Club Cafe Chef – Rob Feenie – showcases his favourite casual recipes to cook for family and friends. Chef Feenie has already redefined casual dining at our restaurants, and now you can redefine your cooking at home with this book. Starting Tuesday, August 7th, for a limited time, you can purchase an autographed copy of the book with a bonus recipe at any Cactus Club Cafe location.

Check back weekly for more recipes from Rob’s new cook book, Casual Classics.

Below is a recipe for the best grilled ham and cheese sandwich – just one of the delicious and easy recipes you can expect from Rob’s new cookbook:

“This comforting dish is perfect for cold winter days. My wife is the master of this sandwich , which my daughter Jordan could eat pretty much everyday. For best results, use good quality meats and cheeses, such as prosciutto cotto and Brie, and you have all your ingredients ready to go before you begin. Assemble the rest of the sandwich when yo cook the egg. Serves 1” – Chef Feenie


1 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsalted butter

2 slices light or dark rye or sourdough bread

1 egg

3oz shaved ham

3 oven-dried tomatoes

1 oz Brie cheese

1oz Swiss cheese, such as Emmental or Gruyere, sliced


Preheat the oven to 350˚F

Spread ½ Tbsp of the butter on one side of each slice of bread. Heat a small nonstick frying pan on medium, then place bread, buttered sides down, in pan and toast for 1 minute until golden brown. Place one slice of the bread, buttered side down, on a baking sheet. Set the other slice of bread aside.

Add 1 tsp of the butter to the frying pan and reduce the heat to low. Crack egg into the frying pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, sunny side up, for 2 minutes, or to taste.

To the bread on the baking sheet, add ham, followed by tomatoes and cheeses, then bake in the oven until cheese is melted, 3 or 4 minutes.

Slide egg, sunny side up, on to the sandwich and top with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Serve immediately.

In Casual Classics, Rob Feenie hits the nail on the head; the recipes and the stories are the perfect building blocks to delightful and delicious family means. Letting the ingredients shine is the best advice of all. – Mario Batali