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Monday's Leftovers: Italian Tuna Melts

Monday's Leftovers: Italian Tuna Melts

Using fresh tuna instead of canned takes the classic tuna sandwich to a whole new level. In this jazzed up variation — it makes a great use of leftover tuna steaks — the tuna is mixed with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and basil.

Served open faced and topped with lots of melted fontina, this sandwich is hearty and delicious. To take a look at the recipe,

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Italian Tuna Melts

Italian Tuna Melts

Italian Tuna Melts

Ingredients

  1. 2 garlic cloves, 1 cut in half
  2. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  3. 1 teaspoon zest plus the juice of 1 lemon
  4. One 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained well and patted dry on paper towels
  5. One 12-ounce can water-packed tuna, drained and flaked or 1 cup flaked, cooked fresh tuna
  6. 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  7. 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  8. 10 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  9. 10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  10. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  11. Freshly ground pepper
  12. Four 1-inch-thick slices of crusty bread
  13. 1 cup chopped arugula
  14. 1/2 pound Italian Fontina cheese, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the whole garlic clove with the ½ teaspoon of coarse salt until a paste forms. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until combined. Add the artichoke hearts, tuna, onion, celery, tomatoes and basil to the bowl and dress with 3 tablespoons of the oil. Mash the tuna salad with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the bread slices on a broiler pan and char on both sides under the broiler. Rub 1 side of each slice with the cut garlic and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  4. Divide the arugula and the tuna salad among the bread slices and top with the cheese. Return to the broiler and melt the cheese until bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Serves 4.

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