This classic tuna melt is so easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner. It’s perfect in its simplicity – the buttery crunch of the bread, the gooey cheese, and savory tuna filling make for the ultimate comfort food. You may find yourself craving these in the middle of the night.
How many times have you sat in an old fashioned dinner and ordered their tuna melt? It’s always been a favorite of mine. They’re consistently good and ridiculously easy.
With all of us in self-isolation, why not bring that diner favorite home? You probably have all of the items in your pantry and refrigerator. Bring on the comfort food.
WHAT’S IN A CLASSIC TUNA MELT?
It all starts with the tuna. I like Albacore in water because it tastes light and fresh. You can use tuna in a pouch or canned in oil. Use whatever you like or have on hand.
Bread. Again, use what you have on hand. Sourdough is my choice. I like the texture of sourdough when its toasted. I also like the flavor, but Texas toast, rye, whole wheat, or plain old white bread all work well.
Cheese. I think the slices help keep the bread from getting soggy, but you can use shredded in the tuna mixture as well. Swiss, cheddar, gouda, any cheese works.
Pickles. I like the sweetness of a bread and butter pickle, but a great, sour dill is also amazing. Not in the mood to chop? Use a pickle relish – just be sure to drain it a little bit. You don’t want a watery tuna filling.
Mayonnaise. I am, and always will be, a Helmann’s girl. However, any mayo will do the trick!
Flavorings. I use grated onion, celery, and pickles. But use what you have in the fridge or your family loves. No produce on hand? Try a ½ teaspoon of onion powder, celery seed, or other herbs to add flavor.
Like this recipe? Here are a few more ‘Diner-Style’ comfort food recipes: