Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuna Melts

Tuna seems to be one of those foods that people love or hate.  Growing up my family ate a lot of fish, and I was never a fan.  The one exception I had was tuna.  We seemed to have sandwiches quite a bit on Saturday for lunch and tuna was a popular choice.  My Mom added hard boiled eggs and diced pickles (must have been a 70's thing).  If we were lucky Mom would make an open faced sandwich and put a slice of cheese on it and stick it under the broiler.  I have a lot of good "food memories"
Now that I am all grown up, I'm still not a huge fan of fish, but my family loves it.  I am trying to incorporate into our diets more often.  Since everyone loves tuna around our table.  I thought I would try an updated version of tuna melts.  Per Mr. Young's request I have made these a couple of times now.  It's a quick and easy meal that tastes good and everyone enjoys!

Tuna Melts

2-3 cans of albacore tuna
1/4-1/3 cup of light mayonnaise
1/2 cup kalamata olives chopped
salt and pepper to taste
*1 medium onion caramelized
Half a loaf of Italian bread

Pre-heat your oven to 350.  Cut your bread in half lengthwise.  Place the bread on a baking sheet in the oven for 3-5 minutes while the oven is heating up.  You want the bread to crisp up a bit, but not get brown.
Mix together the tuna, mayo, olives, and the salt and pepper.  Divide the tuna mixture equally over the two slices of bread and top with the caramelized onions.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top, place in the oven until the cheese is completely melted.  Cut into serving size pieces.
*To caramelize the onion.  Slice the onion thinly and place with a small amount of olive oil in a saute pan until caramelized about 30 minutes




lvankuiken said...

This is my first time visiting your blog, and after seeing that picture I'm now craving this for lunch! Thanks for sharing.

I'm looking forward to perusing your blog - love blogs about families and daily life!

Tonya said...

That looks delicious. And what a good idea for a quick supper!

Jill said...

Those look yummy!

Mary said...

This looks outstanding and I've bookmarked this to experiment with when I have some time. I hope all is well and that your gang is having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Patti Hanan said...

Tuna melts have long been one of my favorites! Yum! Now I'm hungry :) I will try your recipe. It looks great!

Jackie said...

I cant "do fish" especially tuna, and I cant even stand to cook it for my family. I fail in the fish department, even though I know it's good for you. Your picture looks amazing, I just cant like it ENJOY :)

Buckman Family said...

I remember those yummy tuna sandwiches mom used to make with american cheese. Brings back memories!
I guess i'll have to come to your house and have one because no one here will eat tuna!

RC Reese said...

Wow, looks dangerously yummy!

miniginny said...

Oh - this looks yummy! I can only wish my kids would eat tuna, but the spouse and I will enjoy this one!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

The tuna melts look delicious in your photo. And they sound pretty easy too - which is a perfect combination, I think!!!


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