Tunamelt, tuna melt, tuna-melt…. I suppose it depends on the menu as to how it’s spelled as it seems it is different everywhere! however you prefer to spell it, this is a delicious sandwich to have!
Most diners would probably serve potato chips with or maybe even a salad of some type. If you are trying to be as healthy as possible, I recommend carrot fries. They re really great, you just have to break your brain from expecting greasy potatoes! If that isn’t a concern, or even if it is, try some almost fresh homemade lemonade as well!
For those in-home date nights, or even when you want to provide a special diner experience, grab some butcher paper and nix the plates! Have fun with your dinner! It truly makes me think of diners, from times before hamburgers were the thing. One of our favorite things to do is visit small, off the grid diners when we travel. In our experience, the people and the food are wonderful!
Tuna-Melt Sammies Song…
My husband heard this song about tuna-melt sandwiches and is so amused by it that he used it as a ringtone for a while. Neither of us had ever had tuna melt sandwiches so I decided to try it. I wanted to post the song so you could be amused by it too but unfortunately we were concerned about those pesky copyright laws.
So all I can say is that it was in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you’ve ever watched it, you know it’s crazy and funny. I definitely recommend watching if you ever feel silly, you can find it on YouTube. I also recommend it for a pick me up if you are feeling down or depressed or even just having an off day.
Anyway, because of that crazy song I decided to try out this recipe I found in the Healthy & Homemade 2nd edition cookbook published by Iowa State University some years ago. An added bonus is that it’s seriously low calories, around 340 depending on the type of bread that you use. Plus, if you are like me, getting the fish in your diet is difficult, so having a recipe that I’ve found that I love is definitely going to help me have fish a little more often!
So for real, if you even remotely like tuna you should try this out!
How to Make A Tuna-Melt
- 2 cans tuna, in water but drained (you can use oil, just know it ups the calories)
- 1 bunch green onions or 1/3 c chopped yellow onion
- 3 tbsp light mayo
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
- 4 tomato slices
- 4 slices American cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- In medium bowl, combine tuna, mayo, onion, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well.
- Place bread on baking sheet.
- Spoon about 1/4 of the tuna mixture on each slice of bread, spreading nearly to the edges. Add a tomato slice.
- Bake 5 minutes.
- Add a cheese slice on top of each and return to oven another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Hope you love it as much as we did! It’s definitely going in our normal menu selection!
What are your thoughts? Did you make any fabulous changes to it?