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Tuna Melt on Ciabatta

The classic blend of tuna salad with melted sharp cheese, served open-face on crusty bread.

Melt sandwiches have been on menus at traditional America diners as far back as the 1940s. The idea of melts is a variation of the grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe gives that basic tuna melt, an open-face lift thanks to a few extra ingredients and some crusty bread.

A traditional mid 20th century American diner. Photo: Spencer Davis

Using a sharper or older cheese like sharp American Wisconsin Cheddar, Canadian Aged Cheddar, Swiss or Muenster will impart a delicious rich flavour. The melted cheese will also help all the topping ingredients stick to the bread.

I like to use Ciabatta bread sliced lengthwise. Buy a ciabatta baguette then cut off about 10 inches. Now cut this piece lengthwise. You’ll now place these 2 pieces, crusty side down on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the tuna mixture over the tops of the bread pieces. 

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Tuna Melt on Ciabatta

The classic blend of tuna salad with melted sharp cheese, served open-face on crusty bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tuna Melt
Servings: 2
Calories: 529kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux

Ingredients

  • 1 (170g, 5 oz) can of tuna drained
  • ½ cup sweet red pepper diced
  • ½ cup dill pickle finely chopped
  • ½ rib celery diced
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese medium or old
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp black pepper fresh ground
  • 2, 10- inch slices of Ciabatta crusty white bread

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 F
  • Mix all ingredients except the bread.
  • Spread the mixture over the bread slices on a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Broil for 2 minutes

Notes

You can substitute french baguette bread.
Nutrition
Per serving
Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 1mg

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