Classic Tuna Melt

classic tuna melt - confessions of a cooking diva

Today’s recipe is brought to you by my husband. He’s been making these classic tuna melts for me for years and I LOVE THEM! It took some convincing on my part to get him to make these the way a food blogger would i.e. with measurements. He doesn’t measure anything when he cooks and I love and hate that about him. I’m very much a measurer (is that even a word?!) especially since I’ve started food blogging, but he hates measuring. I’m jealous, but I just can’t do it. I think it’s the Virgo-side of my personality that requires precision.

Needless to say all my begging has paid off and this is his version of a classic tuna melt. It’s not rocket science to make a great tuna melt, but I’ve eaten a lot of tuna melts (I order them often at restaurants) and this one has a great ratio of tuna to cheese with a nice crunch from the relish and onions.

Kids will love this and goes great with tomato soup. The perfect inexpensive and quick dinner or lunch.

To Make –

1. Put together the tuna mixture in a medium-sized bowl.

2. Place all 4 pieces of bread on a flat service. Slather on a bit of mayonnaise on all pieces.

3. Butter the opposite side of the butter and place face down in a skillet. Add the cheese and then the tuna mixture.

4. Place the other piece of bread on top, mayonnaise side down. Butter the top. Place a lid or something heavy (and heat resistant) on top of the sandwich. This presses the sandwich down and allows the bread to get a really crispy and helps melt the cheese.

5. Heat in a skillet over medium heat until cheese is melted and the tuna mixture is melted through.

6. Flip the sandwich and do the same on the other side.

Tips

  • I like to use any kind of bread, I don’t feel like you have to have a specific type of bread to make a great sandwich. You can use basic sandwich bread, sourdough bread, Texas bread, Rye bread, etc. It’s best to pick a bread that your family loves.
  • I love tuna that is packed in oil, but tuna packed in water is just as good.
  • For the mayonnaise we use Miracle Whip because it’s what I love. My husband likes good old-fashioned mayo. Use what fits your family best.

classic tuna melt - confessions of a cooking diva

Enjoy!

~J

Classic Tuna Melt
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of bread, any style
  • cheddar cheese, shredded. Add as much or as little as you want.
  • butter
  • Tuna Mixture -
  • 2 5 oz. cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 tbsp. sweet relish
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. of mayonnaise + extra for the bread
Instructions
  1. Put together the tuna mixture in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Place all 4 pieces of bread on a flat service. Slather on a bit of mayonnaise on all pieces.
  3. Butter the opposite side of the butter and place face down in a skillet. Add the cheese and then the tuna mixture.
  4. Place the other piece of bread on top, mayonnaise side down. Butter the top. Place a lid or something heavy (and heat resistant) on top of the sandwich. This presses the sandwich down and allows the bread to get really crispy and helps melt the cheese.
  5. Heat in a skillet over medium heat until cheese is melted and the tuna mixture is melted through.
  6. Flip the sandwich and do the same on the other side.

 

 

 

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  1. This looks amazingly yummy, but it would be very helpful if you would elaborate on what exactly is in your ‘tuna mixture’…the only reason I am bothering you with a comment and not moving on to the next one is yours looks like something I want to eat and the rest of them makes my head hurt with the eye roll…obviously it is SOMEone’s version of tuna salad with cheese, it just so happens that I agree with Google and yours deserves to be the 2nd out of 10,000 you find when searching (I’m sure starkist paid for their spot so on merit yours should be 1st, just sayin) i would really love to know as I apparently grew up sheltered and have never had the pleasure of one of these

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