Olivia Caminiti with a step by step guide to making that perfect tuna melt sandwich.
By Olivia Caminiti
Start with a craving for a lunch with a crisp crunch, a hit of flavor, some meatiness, and a last bite that leaves you satisfied. Next search out great ingredients. A local sharp white cheddar that was the first sample you asked to try and in the end you buy that one – but only after tasting the whole spread the cheese-lady has to offer. Pick some green onions from your garden.
Next is the art of selecting an apple. The fool-proof method entails nothing but simply flicking a series of apples and choosing the one with the highest tone. If you are tone deaf, bring a friend along! Since working at my local super market, Pacifica Farmer’s Market, when I was 16 and learning this method of apple selecting, it has never failed me.
End with picking out a good bread. I chose a sliced sprouted wheat which had that three elements I was looking for: 1. Sight; it looked good to me, 2. Nutrition; it will make me feel good, 3. Touch; it is a bread that a New Yorker would never toast.
- 1 can (165g) white chunk tuna
- 2 Tbls. (28g)green onion, chopped
- 1.5 Tbls. (21g) sweet & how mustard
- pinch salt & black pepper
- 2 slices sprouted wheat bread
- 1 Tbls. (14g) organic butter
- ⅓ Fuji apple, sliced thin
- 3 slices sharp white cheddar
- Empty can of white chunk tuna into a bowl and carefully mix in green onion, sweet & hot mustard, and salt & pepper, so not to break up the tuna meat too much.
- Melt butter onto griddle over medium-low heat. Place both slices of bread on griddle and move around to coat contact side with butter.
- Pile tuna salad on one slice of bread. Cover other slice of bread with one layer of sliced sharp white cheddar.
- Cover both pieces with a lid for 1 minute to melt cheese, warm tuna salad and toast the bread. After 1 minute, check for melted cheese and the bread is not burning. Recover for 30 second intervals until cheese is melted.
- Remove from pan and add sliced Fuji apple on top of one side of the sandwich. Put pieces together and cut in half to view the profile of the sandwich.
- Enjoy & repeat!