Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Open Faced Tuna Melts

Personally I'm not a BIG Tuna fan, I'll eat tuna when we go for sushi, but when it comes out of a can . . . I'll usually pass.
That was until The Open Faced Tuna Melt of 2012!!

Here's how it went down, Lee loves Tuna sandwiches, so I made him one. We also had some provolone cheese in the fridge that needed using so I searched around trying to find a Tuna Melt recipe that matched our tastes. I couldn't find the perfect one so I took somethings from some recipes and other ingredients from other recipes and came up with, what can only be referred to as perfection.
 3 cans of Tuna packed in water
A 1/4 cup of mayo, Don't add more or your sandwich will go wet and soggy.
2 Tablespoons Capers
1/8 cup of very finely diced onion (red or yellow or scallions)
a squirt of fresh lemon juice (1 tbsp approx)
A big grind of pepper and a good sprinkle of salt.

1 Tomato
Some Yummy Bread (we used Dark Rye)
and provolone cheese

 We use dark rye bread because it's really dense bread so it can handle all the tuna on top of it. Also because it's so dense, you can slice it really thin.
Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a bowl. Apply onto bread in big Heaping Mounds! Top with sliced Tomatoes and Finish with Cheese.
Put your Oven on Broil, slide in your sandwich and WATCH IT. I mean watch it as closely as you would watch your toddler playing by a cliff edge! Because it will go from nothings happening to Oh "Bleep" I burnt it, in 2 seconds.
 Serve with a green salad on the side and you have Tuna Melt 2012!!!

 1)Chopping up a dill pickle and adding it to the tuna mixture was also really good.
 2) 1/8 of a Teaspoon Dijon Mustard added to the tuna mixture was good.
 3) 1/4 diced olives to the tuna mix was a suggestion.
 4) For a crunchier sandwich 1/4 cup of finely diced celery, and a 1/4 cup finely diced red pepper.
 5) Instead of Provolone cheese, use Havarti, Swiss, or Cheddar Cheese.

~ If you're not using a dense bread like rye, consider toasting it before you top it and broil it.
~Make sure you don't use too much mayo, it will definitely go wet and soggy.

Hope you like it as much as we do, but really, who doesn't like melted cheese??? 


  1. Oh, ya gotta try Albacore tuna in the pouch. (We like Starkist.) The pouch tuna is so different - it's much fresher tasting and has a nice, non-mushy texture. It’s slightly more expensive, but worth every penny! It could even convert you to a tuna lover!

    We use this to make our world famous 2Dolphins Tuna Wraps.

  2. I think tuna smells too much like cat food to appeal most dinner times (or so my partner says)! But I do love a tuna melt ... mmm yum!

  3. I make a similar tuna melt. Instead of rye, I put it on a bagel. Yummy!

  4. this sounds wonderful! i was having a hankering for tuna salad this morning as i was making out my grocery list. i have added some extra items to my list so i can make these!!! thanks for sharing:)

    ps~just started reading your blog a few weeks agao and LOVE it!!!

    1. *oops, meant a few weeks AGO

  5. Mmm....I love tuna sandwiches. I've yet to make myself a tuna melt, but I've actually been eyeing up a few recipes lately so this came at the perfect time ;) Thanks so much!

  6. I have been rocking the tuna melt once a week lately because it's so fast to make and I've been working way too late. Love your ideas for sprucing it up. I picked up a tip from the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook; sprinkle some celery seeds into the mixture for some added taste!

  7. Oh this looks really yummy. Gonna have to try it! Thanks!

  8. I'm not a big fan of tuna from a can either, but I think I'll give this a try. Plus, as you pointed out - it has melted cheese. Always a win in my book! :-)

  9. My Granny used to make a good tuna sandwich. Hubby likes them too, despite not being a huge fish fan. I will have to try this recipe!! And, I agree with Rob. The tuna in the pouch looks, smells and tastes much fresher. I am NOT a fan of things from cans.

  10. Hey Ashli,
    Off topic question but where to you usually purchase your pillow inserts for the pillows you make?

    1. haha A little off topic, but very welcomed question ;)
      I get all of my inserts from Ikea. They have amazing prices and their feather pillows always sit nicely.
      Hope that helps

  11. Yumm! I just made a Tuna mix the other day. Used garlic and herb cream cheese though. Then stuffed it into mushrooms and topped with cheese. Another great alternative for broiling.

  12. I mean get out of here. I have been a vegetarian for 20 years but what I miss the most so so much is tuna salad. This looks soooo tasty.

  13. I made this and it was delish!! I used half of a regular bagel and I used a large can of albacore. Thanks!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it!!! Using a Bagel is a great Idea! I'm trying that next time!
      Thanks for letting us know!
      Lots of Love



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