It is possible to make café type foods right at home, and one of them is the open-faced sandwich covered in melted cheese.

A favourite combo is the ultimate marriage of roast beef, fresh tomato with cheddar, spread with a touch of tangy dijon mustard.

When the outside is crisp and toasted, and cheddar all melted and gooey, you know you have a winner. And all can be done with 15 minutes!

Mainland Cheese Recipe – Roast Beef and Egmont Cheese Melt Open Sandwich

• 4 thick slices rye bread (option: wholemeal bread)
• 8 thin slices beef pastrami, or roast beef (rare)
• 1 tomato, sliced
• Spinach leaves
• 2 tbsp honey Dijon mustard
• Mainland Egmont cheese

1. Spread layer of Dijon mustard on slices of rye bread.
2. Place 2-3 slices of beef pastrami (or roast beef) on each piece of bread.
3. Layer spinach leaves on top of beef.
4. Layer slices of tomato.
5. Add Mainland Egmont Cheese slices on top.
6. Add salt and pepper.
7. Place open sandwiches onto oven tray and grill for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning slightly.

There you have it! Have them with some salad or a bowl of creamy potato soup for the ultimate comfort food.

Sometimes, it is not too difficult to channel the Martha Stewart or Jamie Oliver in you and try different combinations. The Cheese Melt Open Sandwich will work well with other variations such as ham & cheese, mushroom & cheese, and caramelized onions & cheese. Try it and tell me how it goes.

Mainland Egmont Cheese
The Mainland Egmont cheese newly launched last year, is a unique smooth cheddar-style cheese with a slightly sweet and nutty flavour.

Established in New Zealand, the Egmont is a perfect choice for cooking and baking with its excellent melting properties and smooth finish.

You would realise that there is this rich, unique flavor and smooth texture. What keeps Mainland cheeses distinct is that the producers retain the traditional cheese making process. Their secret ingredient? Time.

Other than the Egmont, some of the premium specialty cheeses available include Vintage, Tasty, Epicure, Gouda, Edam, Swiss and Gruyere.

The cheeses are a versatile choice for recipes such as pastas, omelette, savoury tarts, quiche or bruschetta.

I added some Egmont cheese on a humble dish of noodles, and see what a difference it makes. Posted the picture below on FaceBook, and I had friends saying the dish “looks like fine dining”. All done in minutes right at home.

One of the simplest, fuss-free, easiest meals ever.

*This entry is brought to you by Mainland Cheese. The Mainland Cheeses are available at leading supermarkets. For more recipes, visit the Mainland website at


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