Lemony Herb Tuna Melts with Fontina

Lemony Herb Tuna Melts with Fontina | Very Culinary

by Amy on July 24, 2013 · 11 comments

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. 

Lemony Herb Tuna Melts with Fontina | Very Culinary

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)

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Kelsey March 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Just made this tonight and it was so delicious! Thank you very much for the recipe. :)


Stephanie July 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

These sound really delicious! Billy doesn’t do canned tuna (shocker!), but I bet this would be just as well with chicken. Sounds super light and summery, too!


Mom July 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

I haven’t had a tuna sandwich in a long time, and this version looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it out.


Bev @ Bev Cooks July 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

OHMYGOSH I could eat 16 stacks.


Joanne July 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Sloppy joes always make me think of that scene in It Takes Two where Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen is at camp and shoves one in her face because it’s so good. I always wanted THAT sloppy Joe experience.


Andrea July 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

The big, gooey, messy burger!


Cassie | Bake Your Day July 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

This looks like totally my kind of sandwich. Everything about it!!


Aggie July 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

My kids are anti sloppy joe too, it drives me nuts. This sandwich looks heavenly!! like I seriously want one right now.


Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama July 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

All I want is a tuna melt and a panini press. And really…pop rocks and coke is only a myth???


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

You’re absolutely making me itch for a panini press with those incredible grill marks! Holy moly!


Tieghan July 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

These look amazing!! YUM!


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