Jazzed Up Tuna Melt


I’d like nominate Sundays as the best day of the week.

A good Sunday should be drenched in a late sleep, strong coffee, brunching, watching favorite TV shows (specifically Breaking Bad), judging celebrities and especially, this tuna melt.

Can I share my favorites from last night? I loved: Cate Blanchett, Mila Kunis, Mandy Moore (hello! where has she been?).  Your turn…!

I’d also like to nominate the tuna melt as the best sandwich. Ever.

I first had a tuna melt with carmelized onions at this little cafe I’ve frequented, and it’s stayed with me. Don’t you love that?!

I’m smitten. I decided to recreate it. And then I remembered how some of you advised putting potato chips in it; so I listened. Double-smitten!

A perfect tuna melt should have the following: buttered bread so the outside is crispy and golden brown…

good quality tuna and carmelized onions….

good cheese (that’s grated so it melts evenly)…

AND, if you’re crazy and living dangerously, potato chips. DOOO IT!

Jazzed Up Tuna Melt

Print this recipe!

1 yellow onion, sliced

1 tsp of olive oil

1 can of albacore tuna

1 heaping teaspoon of mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper

1 teaspoon of softened butter

Four slices of bread of choice

Cheddar, shredded

In a small pan, add the olive oil and sliced onion. Cook for 30 minutes, or until carmelized. Set aside.

Grab a small bowl and add the tuna, mayonniase and season with salt and pepper. Mix together.

Butter both slices of bread.  Turn bread slices, buttered side down and add the tuna, carmelized onions and cheddar.

Add sandwich to non-stick pan and heat over medium heat until bread is golden brown. Flip and cook until you get the same results: golden brown and cheese oozing out of the sides.

Slice and serve. And if you’re living dangerously, add potato chips.

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  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet February 28, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Now THIS looks like a tuna melt!

  • Reply Katrina February 28, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I used to love tuna melts back in my meat eating days. My boy would love this though. Thanks!

  • Reply Suzie February 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

    i love potato chips in my sandwiches! this looks amazing!

  • Reply Joanne February 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Oh this is beautiful. and yes, just perfect for judging celebrities with. Aside a nice gallon of ice cream of course!

  • Reply Tara February 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Oh yeah….LUNCH!!! I don’t have chips though… Darn diet!!

  • Reply laura @ a little barefoot February 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    yum! and i love the nail polish.

  • Reply Nicole February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I agree with you on all counts. Those were my favorite looks, too, with top honors to Mila Kunis and I also enjoyed Camila Alves’ look. Sundays are the best and that sandwich deserves an award, too. Yum!

  • Reply Ryan February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Best Tuna Melt I have ever ever ever seen. Period. I want this in my face.

  • Reply Tina February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    WHAAAAT?!? This looks incredible!!!

  • Reply LuvCozyKitchen February 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    OMG the carmelized onions are such a good idea…

  • Reply Sam February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    PS – Love your nail color! What’s that color called?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna February 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Chinchilly by Essie!

  • Reply MollyL February 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Tuna melt sounds good. We have tuna but I never remember to make a tuna melt. This sounds good. And potato chips, oh wow. I think that would be great. I think we will have this on the weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Lynn February 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, yummy. I had forgotten about tuna melts. This one looks really good.

  • Reply Jenny February 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Oh gosh this looks amazing! I have been obsessed with tuna melts lately, and this might just prolong it.

  • Reply Dana February 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I really like the idea of the chips, for extra crunch! I’ve only ever seen tuna melts open faced. Turning them into a sandwich definitely adds a lot of add in potential!

  • Reply jenna k March 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    those were my favorite looks too! LOVE the oscars.
    mmm that sandwich looks divine. i had a tuna melt panini the other day that was absolutely wonderful, but now i’m sad that it didn’t have caramelized onions.

  • Reply Sasha (Global Table Adventure) March 1, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I adore tuna melts. It’s one of my top 5 comfort foods. I like it with red onions… and chips sound like a great addition. I also like a good curry chicken salad or tuna salad with caramelized ginger.

  • Reply Tina March 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Lookin good!!!! I’m a total potato chip put in my sandwich kind of gal too!! I love the oscar dresses by Mandy moore, haliary swank, and Mila Kunis.

  • Reply Angharad March 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

    This looks so bloody good! My husbands hates tuna with a passion so I rarely eat it but this might make me retaliate! Love the crips inside – I’m definitely a crisps-in-sandwich kind of girl!

  • Reply Tara March 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    My wonderful husband went out, on his birthday, and bought me tuna so I could make these! I could die right now a very happy person!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna March 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Your husband is cool. This comment made my day!!

  • Reply Laura March 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I made this today for lunch (substituting grilled onions to save time) and it was AMAZING! First tuna melt I’ve ever made at home, and now I want to make one every day. Totally hooked!

  • Reply Britney March 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I am making this tonight for dinner! Looks so yummy:)

  • Reply loftyappetite March 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I just made a tuna melt for lunch today. I think I need to go back and try it again. Wow this looks amazing!

  • Reply Amy @ A Little Nosh March 22, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Oh hell yeah. I always put potato chips on a regular tuna sandwich, but with the carmelized onions and shredded cheese…that looks amazing!

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