Grilled Tuna Melts - Weekend at the Cottage

Grilled Tuna Melts

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Prepare Dijon mayonnaise: Place mustard and mayo into a small bowl and stir together.
  2. Assemble sandwiches: Place slices of bread out onto cutting board or work surface. Lightly butter each. Reserve four slices to the side. Invert the other four slices buttered side down onto the work surface. Add a dollop of the Dijon-mayonnaise to each, smoothing it out evenly across the surface of the bread. Add two slices of tomato to each, along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add tuna salad spreading it out evenly over the tomato slices. Add a rasher of bacon on to each, cutting in half first to fit nicely onto each mound of tuna. Add slice of cheese followed by the remaining slices of bread buttered side up.
  3. Grill sandwiches: Set sandwich grill or skillet onto moderate heat. When the surface comes to temperature, add one or two sandwiches and grill until bread is toasted a rich golden brown. Feel free to press the sandwich down if using a griddler. Invert the sandwich carefully and repeat until the sandwich is grilled on both sides. Cut sandwiches in half or quarters and serve immediately.
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Tuna salad, tomato slices, Swiss cheese and rashers of bacon sandwiched in a favourite bread that gets grilled until crispy and crunchy…

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    20 MIN
  • 4 SERVINGS
The tuna melts getting crispy on the sandwich press

Did someone say GRILLED TUNA MELTS? We sure hope so, ‘cause that’s what we did!

Tuna melts have long been a favourite go-to sandwich idea for anyone looking to build on the flavour and presentation of tuna salad. In all honesty, the concept is pretty foolproof: place tuna salad on bread, add a slice of cheese that gets melted under the broiler. Now, as easy as all that sounds, we couldn’t help but push the flavour envelope a little bit more to create an even more elevated sandwich with these GRILLED TUNA MELTS.

Here’s what makes these GRILLED TUNA MELTS so darn delicious:

Ingredients for Grilled Tuna Melts

NEEDS LIST

Looking at the ingredients might be a bit of a “hmm” moment for you. You’ll need tuna salad, bread, cheese, tomato, a couple of condiments and bacon. Wait, what? Bacon? Yup, the wildcard add-in is crispy bacon, but it’s everything together that makes this sandwich so awesome.

Classic Tuna Salad

TUNA SALAD

You’re going to need to make our CLASSIC TUNA SALAD RECIPE and use it as the filler for our melts. It has a really soft, creamy texture with just the right mix of onion, pepper, celery, capers and pickle. Those flavours combined with the bacon and Swiss are really something.

Dijon-mayo, Swiss cheese, crispy bacon and tomatoes for the tuna melts

COMBO LOVE

The beauty of this sandwich is really the unexpected combination of different flavours that work so perfectly together. We already know bacon and tomato are a good pair (think BLT) and combining mayo with Dijon mustard works too. Heck, they even have pre-made options if stirring the two together seems like too much work. 

The tuna melt sandwiches assembled and ready to be grilled

Swiss cheese works well with all of the above, so when all these get layered inside a sandwich, that’s when the real magic happens. This is one stellar flavour combo, for sure!

Grilling the tuna melts on a sandwich press

GRILLED

The grilling portion of the program happened by accident. The goal was to prevent the bread from getting soggy as we melted the cheese. Changing the style from open-faced to closed and then grilling the bread with a swipe of butter yielded a crisped-up sandwich. Expect gooey melted cheese, a creamy centre, then a pop of that unexpected smoky bacon flavour.

The tuna melts getting crispy on the sandwich press

We prepared this story using a sandwich griddler and have provided links to purchase down below. You can also make your melts on the stovetop using a skillet. Both methods will yield the same great-tasting sandwich.

Grilled Tuna Melts

Our GRILLED TUNA MELTS are great on their own, but they’re really nice paired with our HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP or our CAESAR SALAD. You should feel confident serving this sandwich for lunch, an afternoon snack or a lighter meal with the soup or salad combination.

Grilled Tuna Melts served with a tossed green salad

GRILLED TUNA MELTS are a must-make sandwich idea!

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Grilled Tuna Melts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups CLASSIC TUNA SALAD RECIPE (link in story above)
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 rashers bacon, cooked crispy
  • sprinkle each of kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Prepare Dijon mayonnaise: Place mustard and mayo into a small bowl and stir together.
  2. Assemble sandwiches: Place slices of bread out onto cutting board or work surface. Lightly butter each. Reserve four slices to the side. Invert the other four slices buttered side down onto the work surface. Add a dollop of the Dijon-mayonnaise to each, smoothing it out evenly across the surface of the bread. Add two slices of tomato to each, along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add tuna salad spreading it out evenly over the tomato slices. Add a rasher of bacon on to each, cutting in half first to fit nicely onto each mound of tuna. Add slice of cheese followed by the remaining slices of bread buttered side up.
  3. Grill sandwiches: Set sandwich grill or skillet onto moderate heat. When the surface comes to temperature, add one or two sandwiches and grill until bread is toasted a rich golden brown. Feel free to press the sandwich down if using a griddler. Invert the sandwich carefully and repeat until the sandwich is grilled on both sides. Cut sandwiches in half or quarters and serve immediately.

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