My daughter is obsessed with tuna. I will buy 10-20 cans when it goes on sale, put some at the tip top of the pantry, and somehow they always disappear by time I go to make this delicious Tuna Melt sandwich.
THIS TIME, I hid some in an undisclosed location (a locked safe. HA!) and was able to make this perfect Tuna Melt.
It’s ooey-gooey and packed full of delicious flavor, and perfect for the nights when you just want to put something on the table super quick or for that lunch date with your friends.
The Perfect Tuna Melt
This Tuna Melt is so perfectly DELICIOUS and super easy to make recipe! It’s definitely not your classic Tuna melt!
- Tuna, 2 x 5-oz cans, drained
- Onion, medium size, chopped
- Celery, 1/2 a stalk, chopped
- Garlic (1 clove), minced
- Parsley, 1 tablespoon, chopped
- Mayonnaise, 3-4 tablespoons
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons, divided
- Mozzarella, 1/3 cup, shredded
- Bread, sliced
- Butter, softened
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Serves four. Though…if you have hungry eaters like I do, it could make 3 easy Tuna Melt sandwich recipes. 🙂
Step 1: Drain water from tuna and put the tuna into a medium bowl.
Step 2: Chop onion, celery, and parsley. Mince garlic and add ingredients to tuna.
Step 3: Add mayonnaise, olive oil (for a lighter version, omit olive oil), and mozzarella cheese. Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.
*Note: I try to add in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil a little bit because it’s healthier than mayonnaise, but you have to add mayonnaise because just using the olive oil alone and no mayonnaise would be gross. 🙂 If you want to just use mayonnaise, totally fine, but again for me, I try to use a little olive oil to make it a tad healthier. 🙂
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Step 4: Place a non-stick skillet on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. When the skillet is hot, take a slice of bread and generously spread butter on one side.
Adding butter AND extra virgin olive oil helps the cooking process. The olive oil helps the crust not burn as fast so that you get a golden brown exterior, not burnt. 🙂 The butter adds the flavor and helps it toast up better. It’s a great trick to use when toasting bread on the stove top to use BOTH (the flavors play well together and comes out super yummy!)
Step 5: Place the bread (buttered side down) in the hot skillet. Be sure to keep the temp at a consistent heat (and don’t cook too fast.)
Step 6: Using a spoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of tuna mixture on bread while it is browning.
Step 7: Butter another slice of bread with butter and place non-buttered side on top of tuna.
Step 8: Using a spatula, check to see if the bread is toasted brown. If so, turn the tuna melt over and grill the other side until it’s golden brown.
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Switch it up…
Don’t have bread on hand? No problem, substitute with English muffins.
Want less carbs? No problem, substitute with tomatoes instead. Cut the tomatoes in half and use as bread. Yum! Grill and just use the olive oil (omit butter) for that option.
Open Faced Tuna Melt? Use one side of the bread or an English muffin as an open faced sandwich and the other side (top), put a couple tomato slices and voila, you have a perfect open faced tuna melt on English muffin.
Open faced Tuna sandwich with avocado? Avocados seem to be all the rage right now. Do the same recipe as the above, except exchange the tomato slices for avocado. 🙂
Another really great idea for Tuna that I like to do for quick lunches for friends. Grab two Albacore Tunas in the pouch (water). Add chopped celery (1-2 stalks), chopped pickles (1-2 spears), and a small can of olives. Add a teaspoon of mustard and 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Use that mixture on saltine crackers or bread.
Make it healthier. Use healthier tuna. Here’s what I started using most recently, Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna. You can get it on Amazon there at the link. I buy it at my local co-op for $4.99. I know it’s spendy but I encourage you to do a taste test. Buy an Albacore Tuna pouch in water at your local store or canned tuna, whatever you want. Open both your kind of tuna and the Wild Planet Tuna. Taste the Wild Planet Tuna FIRST, THEN taste your tuna. After tasting your tuna, your mouth will definitely tell the difference. You’ll taste a metallic taste. Wild Planet’s you won’t. You will, like me, never go back to any other tuna again! 🙂
Other ideas to make this recipe healthier:
- Use more tuna, less cheese.
- Don’t butter the bread, just use extra virgin olive oil.
No matter what you do, no matter what you eat, our bodies love to collect metal toxins.
If it’s something that concerns you, not to worry, put a couple drops of therapeutic grade Cilantro essential oil on the bottom of your feet.
Cilantro is known for binding to the metals in our bodies and helps clear them from our system. I like to use a couple drops every day, whether I’m eating Tuna or not because metal is seriously everywhere.