Classic tuna melt - a kicked-up tuna sandwich on toasted ciabatta bread with tomatoes and cheddar cheese!
Tuna sandwiches are something we enjoy around here on occasion. They're easy to make for a quick lunch and if you use low-fat mayo in the tuna salad, they're actually pretty healthy.
This recipe is a bit different from my standard tuna salad which contains low-fat mayo, a little mustard, minced celery, minced apple (if you're saying, "HUH?" just give it a try) and a little sweet pickle relish. Good on bread or just with your choice of crackers.
My Tuna Melt recipe takes those old tuna sandwiches up a notch and turns them into a very nice, satisfying dinner. Serve it with a fresh green salad dressed with a little vinaigrette.
How to Make a Tuna Melt
Preheat the broiler.
I used a nice ciabatta loaf for these sandwiches. I cut it in half, sliced it horizontally, then cut it into sandwich sized pieces. Do use whatever bread you like, but choose something substantial that will hold up to the tuna and toppings.
Toast the bread to a light golden color.
Combine the drained tuna, shallot, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Spread ¼ of the tuna mixture on each slice of toast. Top with tomato slices and 2 tblsp. cheese. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
More Sandwich Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Roasted Tomato Sandwich
- Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Sandwich
- Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich
- Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream
Tuna Melt Sandwiches from Other Bloggers:
- Easy Tuna Melts from Spend with Pennies
- Tarragon Tuna Melt from Simply Recipes
- Mediterranean Tuna Melt from Leite's Culinaria
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- 4 slices ciabatta or other substantial bread
- 12 ounces canned tuna packed in oil well drained
- 1 medium shallot minced (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (regular or reduced fat)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- 2 roma tomatoes sliced
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the broiler. Toast the bread to a light golden color.
- In a medium bowl, combine the drained tuna, shallot, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Spread ¼ of the tuna mixture on each slice of toast.
- Top each with tomato slices and 2 tablespoons of cheese.
- Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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