It was an Instagram picture that got me to want this delicious open-faced sandwich. Allie, one of my closest friends and favorite bloggers… has been super stressed out with work and on a semi-blogging hiatus (sadface). She still cooks amazing food and will occasionally torture us with ridiculously yummy looking food-porn pictures.
Allie’s Green Apple Tuna melt appeared on my Instagram feed which led me to call her immediately, requesting a recipe to be emailed or a new blog post. Allie (being the best) did it right away!
Wouldn’t this picture do you in too? It was like love at first sight…
Which leads me to last night’s dinner: Green Apple with White Cheddar Tuna Melt. The verdict? DELICIOUS. What an awesome combination of flavors, and what a great idea to spice up an otherwise boring brown-bag-lunch kind of meal.
Green Apple & White Cheddar Tuna Melt
Recipe slightly adapted from: Allie’s All I Eat Food
Serves: 2 (thoughts on this, read below)
2 Whole Wheat English Muffins, sliced
2 cans of Tuna (I, like Allie… like to eat a whole can if I’m eatin’ it!), chopped with a knife
2 stalks Celery, finely diced
2 large Carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 teaspoon Freeze-Dried Chives (also seen in Buff Chix Soup)
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard (Trader Joe’s is a great one)
2 heaping Tablespoons Olive Oil Mayo, or light
4 thin slices Green Apple, peeled
Shredded White Cheddar Cheese (I used a large pinch per sandwich)
Sea Salt & Black Pepper
1. Toast your English Muffins. Preheat the oven to 425.
2. Combine Tuna, Celery, Carrots, Chives, Mustard & Mayo in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Taste and season as you like (I like to use garlic powder, dill, hot sauce… you name it… but not all together! The mustard in this batch was so good I didn’t need to though)
3. Prepare a cookie sheet with foil. Place the English Muffins on the foil. Spoon the tuna out evenly and pile onto the English Muffin halves. Put an apple slice ontop, and lightly smush down to make the top flat for the cheese. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
4. Set the oven to broil. Place the cookie sheet with the tuna sandwiches in the top section of the oven and don’t leave unattended. Broil for a minute or two or until the cheese is melted and just starts to brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
Before broiling w/ cheese ontop
MMMM… could not wait to devour! I served this with some sauteed up Cauliflower and Mushrooms (Grapeseed Oil, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Smoked Paprika… that’s it!)
SO, now that you see just how yummy these looked, let me tell you what I think. I’ve already raved about how good they taste (YUM), but I’m not sure about the serving size.
I, for one, typically have “big eye” syndrome and always want to eat more. We ate the tuna for dinner, but also had a very small side salad and some sauteed veggies on the side (i was thinking to replace chips). I also personally always “take turns” when I’m eating something that’s more than one part… as in… one bite sandwich… one bite salad… one bite veggies. LOL.
SOOO… long story short… I was STUFFED and didn’t even get to finish my second half of tuna sandwich. It just sat there all sad, wanting me to finish it… but I couldn’t! I was just too full.
With all of that being said, I think you could eat one half for lunch, and even just one half for dinner if you have something on the side. If you want both halves, go ahead but don’t waste your time making sides like I did! This tuna melt is FILLING!
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