From Candi’s Kitchen
If you’re searching for an easy Tuna Melt recipe, I’ve got you covered. Why? Well…I don’t make anything that’s too complicated. If I see a recipe with a long list of ingredients my eyes glaze over. So I keep it simple. That’s how I roll. This recipe has 6 ingredients. Perfect!
My husband and I would enjoy Tuna Melts for a simple dinner at least once a week. Now, I enjoy them myself at about the same pace, always remembering him with love. That’s the cool thing about food, or songs, or places. They can conjure up wonderful memories of loved ones.
Anyhoo, back to the easy Tuna Melt recipe. This one is ridiculously simple, but that’s what you want, so that’s what you’re going to get.
The ingredients are relatively clean, too.
Here are some of my favorite ingredients, and then we’ll move on to the recipe.
First, I always use a sprouted bread, whether it’s Ezekiel or another brand. I’ve grown so accustomed to the taste and texture it is my go-to choice for bread. My sprouted bread typically has grains and seeds in it too. I like the added texture and crunch.
The canned tuna that I’m currently in love with is from Wild Planet. It’s the Skip Jack tuna and although it costs more than many other brands, it is well worth it. The taste and texture are wonderful, and never a fishy smell or taste.
TIP: If you use this tuna, DON’T DRAIN IT! The liquid in the can is meant to be mixed in with the tuna.
When it comes to the butter, I only use real, salted butter. Unsalted is fine, if that is what you prefer. But please, no substitutes unless you are required to for medical reasons. Real butter is the only way to go.
|Prep Time||10 min|
|Cook Time||6-8 min|
|Passive Time||1 min|
- 4 slices sprouted bread or any type of bread you enjoy
- 2 - 5 oz cans Wild Planet Skip Jack Tuna or canned tuna of choice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Dukes Mayonnaise or similar
- 4 slices Sargento Cheddar Jack cheese or sliced cheese of your choice
- 1 tomato, sliced optional
- 2 to 3 tablespoons soft butter
- As you begin to prepare the Tuna Melts, heat a saucepan on Med-Low to Medium heat, but no higher. You don't want the Tuna Melt to heat too quickly or burn the bread.
- Open and mix the tuna with the liquid in the can (if you are using the Wild Planet tuna) until well blended. If using another brand of tuna, drain well (or follow instructions on the can) Add mayonnaise and mix well.
- Place about 3 to 4 oz. of tuna on each slice of bread.
- Top with 2 slices of cheese per sandwich.
- Add 1 to 1 1/2 slices of tomato per sandwich, if desired.
- Place the other slices of bread on top of each to complete the sandwich. Butter the top piece of bread.
- Carefully place the sandwich butter side down in a heated sauce pan.
- Butter the top piece of bread on each sanwich.
- Saute the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes, watching it so the bottom doesn't get too dark. Flip the sandwiches and saute the other side.
- When the cheese is melted and the sandwich is crisp and medium brown on both sides, remove from heat. Let stand for about 1 minutes. Cut each sandwich in half and enjoy!