Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Tuna: 2 (5-ounce) cans of tuna in water or oil, drained and flaked
  • Mayonnaise: 1/4 cup
  • Celery: 1 stalk, finely chopped
  • Onion: 1/4 cup finely chopped (red or white onion works well)
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Dijon mustard: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Bread: 8 slices of your favorite bread (sourdough, whole wheat, or rye are great choices)
  • Butter: 4 tablespoons, softened
  • Cheese: 8 slices of sharp cheddar, Swiss, or provolone

Instructions

Prepare the tuna salad:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Assemble the sandwiches:

  • Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each bread slice.

Build your melt:

  • On four slices of bread (buttered side down), divide the tuna salad evenly.
  • Top each with two slices of cheese. Place the remaining bread slices on top, buttered side facing out.

Cook the sandwiches:

  • Skillet: Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Tips and Variations:

  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce for some heat.
  • Tang and Crunch: Add chopped dill pickles or capers to the tuna mixture.
  • More veggies: Feel free to add in finely chopped bell peppers or grated carrot to the tuna salad.
  • Get cheesy: Experiment with different cheese combinations like Monterey Jack, Gouda, or Gruyere.
  • Open-faced option: For a slightly lighter version, use one slice of bread and put all the toppings on top.

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