Open Faced Tuna Melt With A Twist

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"Nothing fancy here, other than just an "Old Classic" Tuna Melt. However, I do like to add a bit more flavor to my tuna salad; with capers, olives, onion, and celery; swiss vs cheddar cheese, and rather than the traditional english muffin ... a rustic, sourdough, or artisian bread. Of course it should be served with potato chips and a dill pickle; or at least that is how I always enjoyed it. This recipe is served open face; so, I do tend to use a bit larger slice of bread and a bit more tuna than just a regular tuna sandwich. However, the amount of tuna you use is up to you. Tuna, usually comes in 6.4 oz packages, or 4.5 oz cans packed in either oil or water. This recipe is based on the 6.4 package, but you can adjust accordingly. Also, try to get the albacore or chunk white tuna if possible, which are so much better for this sandwich."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (245.3 g)
  • Calories 468.4
  • Total Fat - 24.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 53 mg
  • Sodium - 1232.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 5.8 g
  • Protein - 28.1 g
  • Calcium - 633.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Salad ... Add the tuna, celery, shallot, scallion, olives, capers, lemon juice and zest, parsley, and mix. And, don't forget - you can always add a bit more of any of the ingredients, but start with this amount. Add in the mayonnaise, a little at a time until you get the consistency you like best. As I said, I like mine a bit drier, but is a personal preference. Make sure to season with any additional salt or pepper.

Step 2

Bread ... Add the four slices of bread to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Preheat the broiler, and add the pan to the second shelf down - you don't want the bread to burn. Lightly toast on each side.

Step 3

Sandwich ... Top the bread with the tuna salad, 2 tomato slices, a couple of onion rings, and finish with 2 slices of cheese. Back under the broiler until the cheese is melted.

Step 4

Serve ... ENJOY with some potato chips and a pickle. Classic, but always good.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I scaled back for 1 serve and toasted my wholegrain wholemeal slice of bread in the toaster and as I am not a fan of tuna I used red salmon and omitted the olive and for the cheese I used a slice each of Monterey Jack and American cheddar and like yourself Kchurchill5 not as much mayo as the recipe called for and I must say thank you very much for a delicious sensational lunch dish, made for Alphabet Soup game.

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(16 Oct 2016)