Friday, November 11, 2011

Tuna Melt

I am a huge lover of sandwiches. One of my favorites which I originally learned how to make when I worked in the Nordstrom's cafe is the tuna melt. To me tuna should be simple with a little texture in it. In my tuna salad I like Albacore chunk tuna, chopped celery, chopped pickle, chopped scallions or red onion and salt and pepper. However, if you don't have all of these things in your fridge the most important is the onion. If I don't have the onion I don't even bother making the sandwich. If you add pickle don't add salt. All of them together make for a delish tuna salad. I don't like a lot of mayo in mine because I think it makes the sandwich to soggy. I add on top sharp cheddar cheese and as you can see I am not stingy with it. I Broil it for about 1 1/2 minutes with the top bun buttered and toasty. My favorite bun for this sandwich is the brioche. Not everyone can find brioche rolls and they can be quite expensive. My second favorite is hamburger bun with sesame seeds. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I can albacore tuna
2 tbs red onion diced
2 tbs mayo
2 tbs diced celery
salt and pepper
2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
1 brioche bun
Drain tuna and then add to a small bowl. In this bowl mix in red onion, mayo, diced celery, and salt and pepper. Add two large spoon fulls to the bottom of your bun. Cover with cheddar cheese so that you barely see the tuna. Butter the top bun and broil for 1 to 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Nothing worse than a burnt bun and lets face it these buns are not cheap.


  1. Well your picture looks awesome. I love tuna and tunafish salad. But a melt or cassarole, you kinda loose me. Is kinda like your cabbage aversion. lol.
    But you are probably one of the best sandwich makers ever. And that is saying alot. My Dad used to make a mean one.

  2. Ha ha ha...I too don't like tuna casserole. I think why I like this tuna melt is because it doesn't heat the tuna. Thanks for the comment and keep on checking me out.

  3. sounds and looks pretty good, try to add some fresh dill instead of pickles :-)

  4. Just stumbled onto your new blog. Your sister didn't mention it. Very attractive site. Wish I had time to cook, or even blog. Good thing Christie has time to cook. She makes a delicious roast chicken. Don't know how she does it. She's running around all day and yet when I get home...there it is.

  5. Henry! I'm so glad to see you found it. I hope you keep coming back to see what I am cooking and maybe Christie will try some of them out. I know her secret but I wont tell. ha ha ha...If she wants some tips I'm happy to help, but I don't think she is reading my blog.

  6. I will try this tonight!... quick and easy.. I love it... thanks!

  7. great recipe but WAY too bready. pick another bread so you can enjoy the tuna. LJ

  8. lol...I would agree but if you have ever had a tuna melt on a brioche roll you wouldn't say that. Thanks for the comment LJ