Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tuna Melt

The first time I ever met a Tuna Melt, I was a grownup.   I was in a restaurant and ordered this, to me at least, exotic dish called a Tuna Melt.    The other person I was with was shocked, she hated Tuna Melts, her mom used to make her eat Tuna Salad sandwiches, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Tuna Melts.    I had a passing acquaintance with Tuna Noodle Casserole, but had never tried a Tuna Melt.    And when it was brought to me, I found out it was just a fancied up Tuna Salad with cheese on top and broiled.  I seem to remember it was served on an English muffin, and it was tasty.      I would order them from time to time in restaurants, but never made them for myself.   Why?  I have no idea, cause I do like Tuna and will open a can of, add a little mayo and just eat it with crackers. 

Well, today I was really hungry and happened to spot a can of Tuna and decided to make myself a Tuna Salad Sandwich.   So I drained the tuna, flopped it into a bowl, added some sweet relish, a little mayo and tasted it.  And it was missing something.  So I chopped up a half Vidalia onion, added that, tasted it again, and still something was missing.   So I zapped a couple of eggs in the Microwave and hard cooked them. (I was lazy and didn't feel like boiling them, but this does work well) 
 
Cooled them, chopped them up and added the eggs to the Tuna Salad, tasted them again, added more relish and decided it was great.   But I didn't have a great bread to eat with it, however....

 I did have some leftover Hamburger Buns, so I decided a Tuna Melt was in my near future.  







I heaped the tuna mixture on the each half of a bun,














then topped them with some shredded Colby Jack Cheese

and broiled them until the cheese was all melty and slightly browned. 

And they were good.

Tuna Melt             Serves 2  or makes two lunches.

1 can Tuna, packed in water
2 teaspoons or so, sweet pickle relish
1/2 small Vidalia onion, finely chopped
2 hard cooked eggs
2 teaspoons Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
2 Hamburger Buns


Mix all together and divide among two whole hamburger buns, (4 halves) and top with a couple tablespoons shredded cheese and place under broiler just til the cheese melts.  Serve with a nice cold glass of milk.  

Just in case you were wondering if all I was going to post about this month were Mexican inspired recipes...  Of course you could probably add some chopped jalapeno's to this as well?


Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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