I forgot to mention, wrap the sandwich in tin foil and cook in oven or toaster oven until the cheese is melted. I like to toast the bread prior to making the sandwich and wrapping it in foil but that’s optional.
I love both tuna salad and tuna melts.
To adapt a tuna salad recipe for a tuna melt, simply remove any crunch elements, like celery, and add cheese. Egg is good and so are pickles. I prefer Miracle Whip but nothing wrong with good old fashioned mayo.
My husband loves them and makes his own tuna salad as he likes Miracle Whip and sweet pickles, I like Kraft and celery. I know he puts his on bread with a slice of Kraft American or some thin slices of cheddar, wraps it in foil and puts it in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes each side. It looks tasty but I’m not a fan of hot tuna either. My husband on the other hand craves it…….
As a native NJ boy, tuna melts are one of my favorites. I think there is a tendency to put too much tuna on them though. Some places I can literally take off about two cans worth and still have enough for the sandwich.
I like tuna melts, IF the tuna salad does not include sweet pickle relish. Gotta be dill relish for me to like it.
Didn’t Papa John Creech used to play with Hot Tuna?
Almost a year later this topic comes up again. Apparently history does repeat itself.
Hot Tuna is still an under-appreciated band.
Any band that is formed by such greats as Jack Casady and Jorma Kauknonen
should be revered.
And as to a ROADFOOD connection I am listening to their 1972 album, BURGERS, which would also classify for the "What are you listening to now thread".
Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy
Pappa Charlies Deli in Williamstown, MA has several hot tuna sandwiches on their menu:
Richard Thomas Tuna, melted swiss, mushrooms, olives
Oscar Homolka Melted cheese and tuna
Avocado Montalban Tuna, melted provolone, guacomole, sprouts, tomatoes
In grand deli tradition, they have lots of sandwiches named after actors and "local heroes."
On a hunch, I just checked out the Friendly’s website and one of their SuperMelt sandwiches is "Tuna Salad SuperMelt: Albacore tuna salad, melted American cheese and tomato slices on grilled sourdough."
Not that I’m advocating Friendly’s particularly, but here in New England they’re sort of omnipresent.
We love tuna melts at our house, the only way my kids will eat tuna. I had a good tuna melt a few years back in Manhattan at some deli near the Marriott Marquis waiting for my daughter to finish an interview/audition at NYU. It was on an english muffin with a inc cream scoop of tuna salad and american cheese open face, very different and highly enjoyable.
Needless to say she did not get into NYU , is happy at UVM instead- gotta go back for that tuna melt sometime though
I make Tuna melts on a toasted English muffin. Then I melt the cheese, sometimes American, sometimes monterey jack over the tuna.
Here at our house, tuna melts are made on rye bread, the darker the better and grilled with the tuna salad on em’
Wife uses a slice of red onion and melts hot pepper cheese on them, I have the same with a slice or two of tomato.
Out tuna salad is made with finely chopped red onion and celery and salt and pepper. The matrix is a good quality brown coarse mustard and some mayo. We don’t use much so as to keep the stuff kinda "dry".
Makes great wraps, too. Same way, w/ the red onion, hot cheese and the tuna in a flour tortilla served cold.
gala – that sandwich sounds heavenly!
To quote Primus
"Is there a heaven , Is there a Hell.
Is that Tuna melt. That I smell"
I worked for awhile at Rochester Institute of Technology and their cafeteria made this great sandwich…get this…"The Ike and Tina Tuna"! Basically it was a big scoop of tuna salad shaped into a patty on the grill, turned when it got crispy, covered with tomato, cheese and bacon and served on a grilled roll. Delish!
Obviously, I’m not one of those who have a problem with hot tuna, musical or otherwise![:D]
Inspired by this thread although I usually don’t like tuna except for yellow fin steaks, I just had a very tasty tuna melt and cream soda at a true Manhattan road food place, "Eisenberg’s Sandwich", across from the Flatiron building on 5th avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets (174 Fifth Ave). Not a pretty place (but what good roadfood establishment is). Newspaper clippings in the window tout their tuna as the best in NYC, and they call themselves the gathering spot for cabbies. I will go back to sample some of the rest of their interesting menu (Kosher Jumbo Franks & Beans on Monday and Wednesday, Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy on Tuesday and Thursday plus a wide variety of sandwiches and soups).
Exactly my sentiments, Howard.
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