Easy Tuna Melts - Weekend at the Cottage

Easy Tuna Melts

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Make-ahead: Place all of the ingredients for the tuna salad into a medium-sized bowl and stir together. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until use.
  2. Assemble sandwiches: Toast and lightly butter your bread of choice. Add a thin slice of tomato onto each. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, add a dollop of tuna salad and spread it evenly across the surface of the tomato. Top each open-faced sandwich with a slice of Swiss cheese.
  3. Place assembled sandwiches on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Turn oven on to the broil setting and place baking sheet under broiler, watching closely as cheese melts to desired doneness. Transfer to luncheon sized plates and serve immediately with bread and butter pickles or a simple side salad.
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Creamy tuna salad on toasted bread with a slice of tomato and melted Swiss

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    10 MIN
  • 6 SERVINGS

Perfect for lunch or, to go, these EASY TUNA MELTS are a keeper.

This recipe also gets my seal of approval for being one of my easiest make-ahead dishes. The tuna salad can be made the night before or just a few hours ahead of mealtime, and then be amazed at how quick you can pull everything together. It truly is one of my favourites.

Before we go through a few helpful tips on making them, we do want to share a suggestion from a fellow foodie. Elayne all the way from Australia wrote us to tell us she makes this recipe using our HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE. Sure it’s an extra step but let’s call a spade a spade; Elayne is on to something delicious! Click HERE to watch our 1-minute video on how to make it.

Here’s how to make your EASY TUNA MELTS like a pro:

Ingredients for Easy Tuna Melts

This tuna salad is delicious, but also looks good too. Having the scallions, celery, pepper and dill is a wicked colour combination, but those same ingredients each add a distinct flavour to the sandwich. Stirring them together with a dollop of hummus – who knew – adds an unexpected nuttiness that pairs well with the cheese.

When selecting your bread to make these remember, everything and anything works. Whether bagels, Kaiser rolls, rye or simple sliced bread just toast, then lightly butter the bread before you add the filling.

Look for plump, juicy red heirloom tomatoes when you go to make this recipe. If you’re making melts this during summer months, I’m hoping you have a homegrown, vine-ripened beauty that you can just pluck and use. It will be perfect.

The sandwiches fresh out of the oven with the cheese melted

We like Swiss cheese for this recipe. It’s slightly mild but still has a distinctly nutty flavour profile. Of course you can swap out the Swiss for another type of cheese like cheddar, mozzarella, gouda and so on. I’d stay away from robust cheeses like blue and stilton – the melt’s strong suit is its subtle flavours.

Final thought is a suggestion on what to serve with it. We have three simple suggestions for you. First, let’s say you’re really hungry. Serve these melts with a side of our HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP. Beyond that, how about our famous BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES or, our GARLIC DILLS? All of these suggestions work really well with these easy sandwiches.

These EASY TUNA MELTS might just melt your heart!

Easy Tuna Melts

Easy Tuna Melts

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Easy Tuna Melts

Ingredients

  • For the tuna salad:
  • 1 can water-packed flaked tuna, drained
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • ¼ of a red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup hummus
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the open-faced sandwiches:
  • slices of bread or fresh-baked buns, toasted and buttered
  • slices of heirloom tomatoes
  • slices of Swiss cheese, 1 per sandwich
  • butter, room temperature - for toasted bread or buns

Directions

  1. Make-ahead: Place all of the ingredients for the tuna salad into a medium-sized bowl and stir together. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until use.
  2. Assemble sandwiches: Toast and lightly butter your bread of choice. Add a thin slice of tomato onto each. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, add a dollop of tuna salad and spread it evenly across the surface of the tomato. Top each open-faced sandwich with a slice of Swiss cheese.
  3. Place assembled sandwiches on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Turn oven on to the broil setting and place baking sheet under broiler, watching closely as cheese melts to desired doneness. Transfer to luncheon sized plates and serve immediately with bread and butter pickles or a simple side salad.

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