the perfect tuna melt

There is something about a tuna melt that just screams comfort food to me.  Cozy, family diner comfort food to be exact!

I used to work at a cute little café near the Space Needle that had some great comfort foods on the menu...  tuna casserole, grilled cheese with the works, kicked up BLT's... and tuna melts.

I always loved their tuna melts and it was one of the most popular items on the menu.  When they closed down I had to recreate the recipe at home, and I must say...  I nailed it!  :o)

Tuna Melt Recipe

2 cans albacore tuna, drained
3-4 celery stalks, diced
2 large pickles, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup real mayonnaise (not miracle whip!)
salt & pepper, to taste
4 sliced lightly toasted wheat bread
8-12 slices medium or sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.  Stir all the ingredients together (except the cheese and bread) in a medium bowl.

Place the toast slices on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Spread 1/4 of the tuna salad mixture onto each slice.  Arrange enough cheese on top of the tuna salad to cover.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown!

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