The Ultimate Tuna Melt!

"A nice twist on the usual tuna-mayo-lettuce melt! My kids even love this! Enjoy!"
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  • You can substitute Swiss or cheddar cheese for the provolone. It's important to use the albacore tuna called for in the recipe; albacore is a firm, white tuna that holds up better than flaked tuna.
  • When picking lemons, look for ones that are firm with skin that is smooth and bright. They will keep for two to three weeks if stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. To get more juice out of your fruit, let the lemon return to room temperature, and then roll it across the counter top while applying pressure with the palm of your hand. You'll get about 3 tablespoons of juice from one lemon. Since you only need 1 tablespoon of juice for this recipe, you can either squeeze just one-half of the lemon (and section the rest for use in drinks), or you could squeeze the entire lemon and store the remaining juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Preheat broiler. Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide evenly among muffin halves; sprinkle with cheese. Place on a baking sheet; broil 5 inches from heat for 4 minutes or until golden brown.

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  1. mama smurf
    Like the others have said "this is delicious and a gem". I made as written and this is going into my Favorites of 2013. DH gobbled his up before hardly starting the soup which he loved but he does love tuna. Thank you for posting. Made for Spring PAC 2013.
  2. Chicagoland Chef du
    What a gem, why oh why has it sat idle so long? I really love the flavors in this tuna melt. I successfully halved the recipe. I was worried about the oregano but it combines so beautifully with the lemon and artichoke hearts. Very refreshing. I served with small tomato slices, toasted Ciabatta halves w/ provolone. SO good! I prepped all the ingredients in the food processor, added the tuna at the end and gave it a couple of quick pulses to combine. I was concerned the kids would not like all the textures if I didn't chop finer. I truly appreciate a tuna melt recipe without mayonnaise. . Thanks for posting the gem. Made for Best of 2012 Tag game!
  3. Scrapbook Lori
    Very good, very easy, and very quick dinner!! No changes made! Served with fried green beans. Thank you!
  4. CulinaryExplorer
    These are absolutely wonderful! Very easy to make and its great that there is no mayo on it! We leave out the artichoke hearts because hubby doesnt eat them and its still a great sandwich! We have been making this one almost every week lately!


I'm the SAHM mom of 2 boys, 1 dog, and 3 cats! I love cooking, reading, shopping, and yoga. My favorite things to make are soups, stews, and salads. I'm vegetarian but my family isn't so I'll cook anything! My favorite cookbooks are World Vegetarian, The Passionate Vegetarian, Fannie Farmer, the Church Supper Cookbook, Mary Engelbreit's Queen of the Kitchen and Dining Out, 1000 Indian Recipes, and anything by Madhur Jaffrey, Ina Garten, or Nigella Lawson.
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