Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

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Tuna Melt, A True American Classic

When I see Tuna Melt on the menu, I immediately think of a 1950’s roadside diner, a mom and pop, jukebox joint where Salisbury Steak and Open Face Sandwiches are also featured on the menu. In my book, a Tuna Melt is a true ‘retro’ recipe therefore a True American Classic.

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Simple Ingredients

A few simple ingredients can turn a pouch or can of tuna into a satisfying and affordable meal. For this recipe I combined two pouches of lemon-pepper tuna, a few tablespoons of mayonnaise or salad dressing and dried dill weed. Lightly toasted English muffins are topped with the tuna mixture. Now I know many people will say this isn’t a true classic, ‘retro’ tuna melt because I didn’t top the tuna with an American cheese slice. Shame on me.

American Cheese

I decided not to top my tuna melt with American cheese slices because I really don’t care for them. Maybe it’s because I live in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, and I know what good cheese is and the many varieties of cheese that are out there but American cheese slices seem rather waxy and rubbery to me. Now in a pinch I have used American cheese slices before.

Each Has a Purpose

For this recipe American cheese slices work nicely, plus my hubby loves American cheese. They do make a nice grilled cheese sandwich but over all I prefer not to use American cheese slices. Don’t get me wrong, I like and use cheese whiz, Velveeta cheese and processed cheese slices but each has its own specific recipe and purpose.

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Tuna Melt
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins

A True Classic

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: All-American
Keyword: melt, tuna
Servings: 4
: 230 kcal
  • 2 English muffins split and toasted
  • 2 2.6 oz pouches lemon-pepper tuna
  • 2-4 tablespoon mayonnaise or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 cup shredded or sliced sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat broiler and set the rack about 4 to 5 inches from the heat source.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together lemon-pepper tuna, mayonnaise and dried dill. Set aside.
  3. Place toasted muffins on a baking sheet.
  4. Spread tuna mixture on toasted muffins. Place cheese on top.
  5. Place baking sheet under broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  6. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Melt
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
tuna melt
For this recipe we used: Chicken of the Sea Tuna
Here is another tuna classic: Tuna Noodle Casserole

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