Tuna Melt

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Matters by Share Our Strength, cookingmatters.org

Here is how to make a tasty tuna melt using ingredients you might already have in your cupboards!



Numer of Servings: Serves 4, 1 sandwich per serving

Calories per Serving: 220


Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small stalks celery
  • 1 large tomato
  • ½ medium lemon
  • 2 (5- or 6-ounce) cans light tuna
  • packed in water - no salt added
  • 2 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
  • Optional Ingredient: ¼ teaspoon dried dill or tarragon
  • Optional Ingredient: Hot sauce
  • to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash your hands for 30 seconds with hot water and soap.
  2. Sanitize all food prep surfaces and cooking utensils.
  3. Rinse and dice celery. Rinse, core, and cut tomato into 4 thick slices.
  4. Rinse lemon and cut in half. In a small bowl, squeeze juice. Discard seeds.
  5. In a colander, drain tuna.
  6. Grate cheese.
  7. In a medium bowl, add tuna. Flake apart with a fork. Add celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and black pepper. Mix with fork until combined. If using dried herbs and hot sauce, stir in now.
  8. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 slices bread. Cook until toasted on bottom, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Repeat with other 2 slices. Remove pan from heat.
  9. On the toasted side of each bread slice, add ½ cup tuna salad. Top with tomato slice and sprinkle with cheese (about 2 Tablespoons each).
  10. Return skillet to medium heat. Place 2 sandwiches in skillet. Cover and cook until cheese is melted and underside is browned, about 3–5 minutes. Remove from pan. Repeat with other 2 sandwiches.
  11. Serve warm.