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Homemade Tuna Melts

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I think there is some rule about not mixing cheese and seafood. We are just going to forget about that rule for now 😉 because cheesy Homemade Tuna Melts are just too good to not have.

My husband and I love going out to lunch on Sundays.

It’s kind of one of our winter things.

Our summer Sunday thing is patio time with something in the smoker.

Anyway, the place we went to had a tuna melt on the menu and I just had to try it.

It was SO good I wanted another one, so that’s why I decided to make them at home.

How to make Homemade Tuna Melts

First trick to a good tuna salad is to drain the water from the tuna really, really well.

I even let mine sit on a plate with some paper towels to get all that extra water out.

Then mix the tuna with some mayo, minced green onion and celery, mustard, and some sweet pickle relish.

Homemade Tuna Melts

Let it refrigerate for at least an hour before making the melts.

Homemade Tuna Melts

Set your skillet over low heat.

I used to always make the mistake of putting it on medium heat.

The bread would get too toasty (or burnt) before the cheese melted and the tuna would still be cold.

No good.


Repeat after me… Low and slow is the way to go 🙂

Another simple trick is instead of spreading the butter on the bread, I just put the butter in the pan to melt.

Then lay the bread flat and they basically butter themselves.

On one slice of bread lay 2 slices of deli American cheese and some tuna.

Homemade Tuna Melts

Then 2 more slices of the cheese.

And the other piece of bread goes on top, buttered side up.

Homemade Tuna Melts

Cover the skillet, or use a small skillet to cover to keep the heat in.

It makes the melt more…uhhh… meltier.

Homemade Tuna Melts

So that’s it, just repeat with remaining Homemade Tuna Melts and enjoy!

Homemade Tuna Melts

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Homemade Tuna Melts

An easy and delicious homemade tuna salad in a cheesy grilled sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheese, Salad, Sandwich, Tuna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 423 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 3 4 oz cans chunk tuna packed in water
  • 1/2 cup mayo or light mayo
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 2 Tbsps sweet pickle relish
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • Optional: kosher salt, pepper
  • 8 slices bread of choice
  • 16 slices deli American cheese
  • 4 Tbsps butter

Instructions

  1. Drain the water from the cans of tuna. Place paper towels on a plate and put the tuna meat onto the paper towels. This will help drain any excess water.

  2. Place the tuna along with the mayo, celery, green onions, sweet pickle relish, and mustard in a bowl. Stir until evenly mixed. Taste for seasoning and add kosher salt and pepper if desired.

  3. Refrigerate the tuna for at least 1 hour before making the tuna melts.

  4. Add 1 Tbsp of the butter in a skillet over low heat. Place 2 slices of the bread when the butter melts. On 1 slice of bread place 2 pieces of cheese, some of the tuna salad, and 2 more slices of cheese. 

  5. Take the remaining slice of bread and place it buttered side up to top sandwich. Press down slightly with spatula and let this cook for 1-2 minutes, cover with a lid or another small skillet to hold the heat in. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes, covered. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

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