Crunchy Tuna Melt

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If you love sandwiches as much as I love sandwiches, you’re going to want to make The Crunchy Tuna Melt over and over again.  The best thing about this sandwich is the amazing crunch and flavour it delivers when you sink your teeth into it.  It may just be the highlight of your day. Correction…it will be the highlight of your day.

Say good-bye to regular tuna salad sandwiches because you won’t be able to go back.  The next time you have a craving for tuna, take the time to put this easy, delicious and toasty sandwich together.  Your taste buds will be doing a happy dance in your mouth!

And, although totally unnecessary, I have included a million pics.

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Sandwich fixings: Green Onion, Olive Oil, Lemon, Red Pepper, Mayonnaise, Asiago or Cheddar Cheese, Tuna in oil (I had jalapeño flavour), and an Artisan Bread of your choice.

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Optional: Dice up some hot peppers (2 Tbsp or so) for added heat and flavour.

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Use Tuna packed in oil for a richer flavour.  Tuna packed in water will work as well.

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Drain the oil but not all of it and flake.  If using water packed tuna, drain completely.

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In a small mixing bowl combine Tuna, Green Onion, Mayonnaise, Lemon Juice, Red Pepper, and Hot Peppers (if using).  Mix together.

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Like this.

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Slice up your cheese. Set Aside.

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On two slices of bread, brush Olive Oil on one side only.  Place on a baking sheet.  Move the oven rack one level below the top level (right under the broiler).

 

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Broil the bread for a 1-3 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven.

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Turn both pieces over exposing the un-toasted side.

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Put the cheese on one slice and all of the tuna filling on the other.

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Back in the oven it goes to broil again for about 2 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the tuna mixture is heated.

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Right out of the oven.

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Put your sandwich together and cut in half.  Take a bite!

Crunchy Tuna Melt
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Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Lunch
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Serves: 1
 
Pre-heat oven to Broil. Move the oven rack one level below the level right under the broiler.
Ingredients
  • 1 can Tuna packed in olive oil, 6 oz can
  • ¼ of a Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Green Onions, dice the green part
  • 2-3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 Tbsp Jalapeno or Mixed Banana Peppers, diced
  • 2 slices Good Bread; I used an Artisan Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Asiago or Cheddar, slices
Instructions
  1. For the Tuna packed in oil, don't drain the oil off too aggressively. Leave about half of it in the can; it will contribute a lovely silkiness to the filling.
  2. If using a water packed Tuna, drain completely. Note: You may need to add more Mayonnaise.
  3. Scrape the tuna into a mixing bowl and flake with a fork.
  4. Add the Red Peppers, Green Onions, Lemon Juice, Mayonnaise, and Hot Peppers if using.
  5. Gently stir everything together. Set Aside.
  6. On 2 large pieces of Bread, brush some Olive Oil on one side.
  7. Lay bread slices on a baking sheet and broil until lightly browned (for 1-3 minutes). Don't walk away. Keep a close eye on them.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over the slices of bread.
  9. Spread filling on the one slice and arrange cheese on the other. Return to broiler and heat for about 2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden brown, and filling has heated.
  10. Remove from oven and carefully turn the cheese-y slice over on top of the one spread with filling. Slice in half and eat immediately.