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Tuna Melt

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Yesterday was dreary and rainy. To make matters worse, I had a sick(ish) kid at home. It was a day that made me want a hot cup of tea on my sofa with a blanket and a book. But since there was no time for curling up on the couch, I moved on to the next best thing: comfort food.

After tomato soup, I think a good old fashioned tuna melt sandwich tops my list. Crispy buttered and grilled wheat bread, peppered tuna with the crunch of celery and onions, gooey melted cheddar jack cheese… Mmmmmmmmmm.

I make my tuna melt sandwiches just like I make a grilled cheese- in a hot cast iron skillet with butter and a shredded cheddar jack blend.

Topped with shredded iceberg lettuce and a meaty red slice of tomato, this sandwich was the cure for my rainy day kid-with-a-cough blues.

Tuna Melt


1 large (12 ounce) can of tuna in water, drained and flaked

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced celery

salt & pepper to taste

about 3 tablespoons of lowfat mayonnaise (nothing makes tuna salad better than Dukes- and they don’t even pay me to say that.)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided evenly between the sandwiches

8 slices of whole wheat bread

butter for grilling the bread

sandwich toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc)

To Make

In a medium sized bowl, using a fork, stir together the tuna, onions, and celery. Add the salt and pepper (I go heavy on the pepper and barely use any salt– canned tuna is a bit salty anyway) and then stir in the mayonnaise. ***Note: this is how I make my tuna fish salad. Make yours however you like it best!*** Set the tuna salad aside. In a large skillet, melt a little butter. place two slices of bread in the melted butter over medium to medium highย heat. Spread a quarter of the tuna salad on one slice of the bread and then sprinkle with a quarter of the cheese. When the bread is grilled to a toasty brown, put your sandwich toppings on top of the melted cheese. Place the other grilled slice of bread on top, grilled side up.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

February 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

Posted in Lunch

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  1. One of my favorites!


    February 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

  2. I haven’t had a tuna melt in so long. Looks good!


    February 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  3. This was my husband’s specialty when we were in college! So delicious. Thanks for sharing. You have a great blog!

    • Thanks, Georgia! I eat tuna salad all the time, but once in awhile it begs for melty cheese and toast. It hit the spot.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      February 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  4. I’m not sure what I want more…a cast iron skillet or a tuna melt made in a cast iron skillet! That just sounds like the perfect remedy to a rainy NC day. I saw you mentioned Dukes. It’s the best!

    I hope your little one was feeling better today and enjoy the long weekend!

    {Main St. Cuisine}

    February 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • Thanks, Allison! Little fella is better- chicken & rice soup!- and my vote is cast iron skillet (because I don’t think I could function without mine), and THEN tuna melt. It’s win, win.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      February 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  5. If tuna melt were a person, I’d marry it. For real.

    This is totally going on my menu plan next week. Along with 50 extra jumping jacks, oy.

    Corrie @ Gingerly Homemaking

    February 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  6. MMmmm… makes me want to make this today!

    The Sundress Chef

    February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  7. Huge addict of Tuna and that kicks it up a notch ๐Ÿ˜€


    February 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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