Some urban legends for ya: Mr. Rogers was a Navy Seal, eating Pop Rocks candy and then drinking Coke will cause stomach damage, and Walt Disney arranged for his body to be frozen upon his death. All false.
You know what else is a myth? That children like to be messy and dirty. Ok, so maybe this is true when it comes to Haley’s bed (and entire room, for that matter), and maaaybe it’s true when mud and worms are involved. Fine. But, omg, give my kids a sloppy joe sandwich and they freak out! “It’s so messy, Mom!” “It’s falling apart, Mom!” “This sandwich is so hard to eat, Moooooom!” Um, ya. That’s why it’s called a sloppy Joe!
I always thought that the messy was part of the fun, no?
Needless to say, when I served these tuna melts, I did so fully expecting the same reaction.
But instead of “my tomato is falling out!” and “I need a fork!”… I got “yummy!” and “this is really good!” So either my kids are growing up, or these were so delicious that they didn’t care about being neat. I think a little of both.
Lemony Herb Tuna Melts with Fontina
Makes 4 sandwiches
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
• 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
• 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
• 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
• zest and juice of 1 small lemon
• pinch of freshly ground pepper
• (2) 6 ounce packages white albacore tuna
• 8 slices good rustic bread (such as Ciabatta or Pugliese), sliced 1/2-inch thick
• 8 slices of tomato
• 1 1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese
• unsalted butter
In a medium bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, herbs, lemon, and pepper. Gently stir in the tuna, breaking it up slightly.
Spread the outside sandwich bread slices with butter; flip over. Place some of the cheese on four of the bread slices, followed by the tuna mixture, 2 slices of tomato and then more cheese. Top with the remaining 4 bread slices, butter side facing up.
Warm a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches in pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until cheese is melted and bread is golden. Serve right away and enjoy!
(heavily adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)