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Tuna Melts Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

Tuna Melts Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

In terms of deliciously simple sandwiches the best, in my opinion, after the grilled cheese is the tuna melt. A quintessential American sandwich, the tuna melt is sublimely good tuna smashed with oozy cheese between two slices of crisped, buttery bread. It makes an excellent afternoon snack, fast & easy dinner, or late night treat. An advanced level of culinary skill is not necessary unless you want to get fancy and use homemade mayonnaise. For tuna melts two ways


Beginner Tuna Melt
From Kraft Foods
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1 can (6 oz.) tuna, drained, flaked
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. chopped celery
8 slices white bread
8 slices cheddar cheese
8 tsp. vegetable oil spread

  1. Mix tuna, mayo and celery; set aside.
  2. Cover one bread slice with one piece of cheese, 1/4 of the tuna mixture and a second piece of cheese. Top with second bread slice. Repeat to make 4 sandwiches.
  3. Spread outsides of sandwiches evenly with vegetable oil spread.
  4. Cook in skillet on medium heat for 3 to 4 min. on each sides or until lightly browned on both sides.

Serves 4.


Expert Tuna Melt
From Wheatfields Bakery Cafe in Kansas
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Albacore Tuna and Artichoke Salad:
2 cups drained canned tuna
2/3 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1/4 cup sliced roasted red peppers
2 teaspoon minced lemon zest
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
Salt and pepper
Fresh Herb and Garlic Aioli:
3 egg yolks, plus 1 whole egg*
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons roasted garlic
1 lemon, juiced
2 cups olive oil
1 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced thyme leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced rosemary leaves
Salt and pepper
Sandwich:
8 slices kalamata olive bread
1 small red onion, sliced
4 slices provolone

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the salad. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. For the aioli: in a food processor combine first 5 ingredients. Turn on processor and slowly add the oils for emulsification. Add the herbs, and salt and pepper. This sauce is enough aioli for 10 sandwiches.
  3. Spread aioli on the slices of bread. Top with tuna salad, sliced red onion, cheese, and the other slice of bread.
  4. Grill on panini press for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serves 4.

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will205 will205 8 years
this is my new favorite recipe; i love to make it; it's so easy!
will205 will205 8 years
i made the beginner one tonight - it was really good. the only problem i had was that my pan got too hot and toasted the bread, but didn't really melt the tuna. i stuck it in the microwave for about 15 seconds and it turned out awesome!
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
tuna, but you get the idea
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
tune, sooo yummy
cmachter1 cmachter1 8 years
I am so hungry right now
tati33 tati33 8 years
I love tuna!!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Yum, tuna melt.
llendril llendril 8 years
i make my open face tuna melts on an english muffin. no fork and knife required =)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Thanks party! I thought I might have been just a little behind in the times LOL!
mrbunsrocks mrbunsrocks 8 years
You want something even better? Try a smoked salmon melt - take yummy, good bread, cover with grated gruyère, add some slices of smoked salmon, slivers of red onion and chopped capers....top with more gruyère and cook à la grilled cheese. There is nothing better. Not even a tuna melt. And for the record, I've never seen a 'closed' tuna melt - in my world, they are always broiled with no top!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I'm surprised you don't have to catch your own tuna, with all those expert steps. Dang!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
kiwitwist: open face tuna melts aren't totally out of the ordinary. It's just I prefer mine more like a grilled cheese cause it doesn't require a fork and knife to eat!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
you know what is funny!? I used to always eat tuna melts open faced.... I had NO idea they were supposed to be basically a grilled cheese with tuna in the middle. LOL
sophie06 sophie06 8 years
this is so mouth watering
cyrizzle cyrizzle 8 years
i just made one for a late late night snack. yum!
trala1 trala1 8 years
Tuna sandwhiches are my favorite. If i'm brown bagging it at work, its a tuna sandwhich.
c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
i love these beginners / experts posts!
goofynewf goofynewf 8 years
I think I know what I will have for lunch tomorrow! Yummy!!
jendudley jendudley 8 years
OMG That bread looks sooooo good. I have never had a tuna melt. Is that weird??? There is this breadstore:http://www.breadsmith.com/ that i have never been to. Now I want to go!!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
The expert version looks much better to me!
mellafe mellafe 8 years
MMMMMMMM. I love tuna.
Lissiebug Lissiebug 8 years
The expert one sounds so good...
SweetE SweetE 8 years
the expert version sounds fantastic
Scarlet Scarlet 8 years
I think I'll go for the beginner tuna melt tonight.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
I've used that chunked tuna in a pouch, on good bread, thrown some mushrooms, and pieces of artichoke, then some good cheese..... throw it on a George Foreman MUCH easier than either of these and super good
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