Oregon Tuna Melt

Reading Food & Wine magazine is always hit or miss. But September’s issue was definitely a hit. There was an article called “Simple Acts of Sandwich Genius” that had a few recipes that looks delicious. The first one I saw was the Focaccia Reuben below and the second was the Oregon Tuna Melt.  Again, a quick visit to Berkeley Bowl and items found in my cabinet resulted in dinner.



  1. Two 6-ounce cans albacore tuna
  2. 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon minced basil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 4 ciabatta rolls, split
  9. Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, for spreading
  10. Eight 1/4-inch-thick slices of Swiss or cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  11. Sixteen 1/8-inch-thick lengthwise slices of kosher dill pickle
  12. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1. In a medium bowl, mix the tuna with the onion, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a panini press or griddle. Spread the cut sides of the rolls with mustard and mayonnaise and top each roll half with a slice of cheese. Spread the tuna salad on the bottoms and cover with the pickles. Close the sandwiches and spread the outsides of the rolls with the butter.

3. Add the sandwiches to the press and cook over moderate heat until the cheese is melted, about 6 minutes. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.

yum (yes thats the pickle jar in the bg)
yum (yes that's the pickle jar in the bg)





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