Growing up, tuna melts were a staple at our house. My mom made them for lunch for my sisters and I, always on grainy bread, and most often with cheddar. As a fan of the apple-cheddar combo, this recipe for tuna melts made with sweet, crunchy chopped apple caught my eye. What a great idea.
I haven’t made a tuna melt for at least a decade, but I’ve made them twice this week, always adding a finely chopped apple to the mix. The bits of sweet juiciness provide crunch and a tart contrast to the creamy tuna filling – and stretches it further. It’s great on good quality grainy bread, with cheddar, Gouda or any meltable cheese.
Apple Tuna Melts
recipe courtesy of BC Tree Fruits
1 small tart apple, finely diced (don’t bother peeling it)
1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1 can (170 g) tuna, water-packed
3 Tbsp (45 mL) light mayonnaise
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/8 tsp (0.8 mL) freshly ground pepper
salt to taste
4 slices crusty, multigrain bread
grated cheese of your choice, about 2 Tbsp per slice
In medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add tuna, mayonnaise, green onion, pepper and salt (if using). Stir to combine well.
Preheat oven to broil. Spread apple tuna mixture evenly on 4 slices of a favourite crusty bread that has been lightly buttered. If preferred you can toast the bread first. Sprinkle each slice with grated cheese. Broil for 4–5 minutes to melt cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information Per serving:
Carbohydrates: 18 g (26%)
Protein: 21 g (32%)
Fat: 12.5 g (42%)
Photo credit: BC Tree Fruits