A delicious and simple hot lunch is serving an open-faced sandwich, especially as the temperatures drop. Unlike other tuna melt recipes, mine doesn’t involve making typical tuna salad with mayonnaise, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and the like. Instead, my version of a tuna melt sandwich is uniquely different for my recipe. It is a tangy blend of tuna, sliced green olives, lemon zest, chopped onion, pepper, and just a bit of prepared mustard under half of a homemade sandwich bun, English muffin or toast before topping each with a slice of American cheese.
I prefer using plain mustard over Dijon because it has a slightly sweeter tang over the more distinct flavor of Dijon mustard. Of course, you can always substitute it if you like that type of mustard more. Personally though, I have been using it less often for that reason.
In fact, another wonderful thing about this recipe for a tuna melt is that you can also add other tasty ingredients to give it a few different twists. You can also incorporate some fried, sliced mushrooms, jalapeno pepper or hot sauce, tomato, alternate the cheese with slices of provolone, Montgomery Jack, Swiss, cheddar, brick, and muenster cheeses are all delicious choices.
Another hot tuna sandwich that I also make that is quite popular at my house is my special baked tuna sandwiches. This has more of a mayonnaise enhanced base with sweet pickle relish, Velveeta cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and black olives. I use a homemade sandwich bun to fill it and then wrap in aluminum foil to prepare for baking.
The next time that you get the urge for a hot sandwich, I hope that you decide to give my recipe a try. Both of these tuna sandwiches are ones that I guarantee will become family favorites.
Tuna Melt Recipe
- 1 can of tuna drained (6-oz.size)
- 1/3 cup of green olives sliced
- ½ teaspoons of lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 4 slices of American cheese
- your choice of bread four slices of toast or two English muffins or two bakery style buns sliced in half
Preparation is easy. All you need to do is after opening your can of tuna and zesting the lemon is combining the ingredients.
Next, you take a baking sheet to place your choice of bread before dividing the tuna mixture over each side or slice.
The final step is topping each half or slice of toast with American cheese. Leave the sheet uncovered.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about five minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to slightly brown.