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Tuna Melt

Daddy was working the other night, it was almost dinner time and I was desperately trying to finish the scrapbooks I mentioned in the last blog. Little Man was probably going to snub any attempt at leftovers. I did a quick mental inventory of the pantry, fridge and freezer.

“Hey partner, would you like a sandwich with tuna and melted cheese?”

“Yes,” in his don’t bother me I am playing voice.

I risked it anyway and made a double batch of the recipe below. He ate half of it and was mad that I had eaten the rest. I bought him off with some M&Ms leftover from his birthday cake and he was happy. Or so I thought. Flash forward to 3 a.m.

“Mommy, can I have tuna and melt? Puh-lease”

“Yes, in the morning.” rinse and repeat for 40 minutes before he fell back to sleep. Whew, that was a short one for him!

Boy eating tuna melt - That recipe
Tuna and Melt – YUM!!!

After school the next day he started in again with the “tuna and melt”. Fine, I’ll make it again but you’d better eat it.

He did, another full sandwich. It may be a growth spurt, since he normally would only eat one open face sandwich for dinner after having multiple snacks and lunch at school and at home afterwards. And he’d never go for it two days in a row.

I am pretty sure this is how Ma’am used to make it, not that we had it a lot growing up.  Use any bread and cheese that you want. We had cheddar the first night and monterey jack the second because I had used the last of the cheddar the night before. We only had some buttermilk sandwich bread so I used that, with no objections. I prefer French bread, but then again I prefer French bread for everything. I usually serve them open faced, but if you want to toast another piece of bread and stick it on top, who am I to judge.

The measurements are approximate and should be enough for one adult or one ravenous 5 year old.

Tuna Melt

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time5 minutes
Total time10 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Meatless Main Dishes, Sandwiches, Seafood
Simple Tuna Melt sandwich with cheese and curry powder.


  • 1 can 5 ounce tuna packed in water
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (plus more for topping if desired)
  • curry powder to taste
  • 2 Slices bread, English muffin, roll, etc. (gluten free if desired)


Mix the tuna, mayo, cheese and curry powder. Put bread on a broiler pan and top with extra cheese. Broil until cheese on top is bubbly and the tuna is heated throughout. Serve open faced or toast another piece of bread to put on top of each sandwich.


This recipe is very similar to another great recipe on the site, Curry Cheese Rounds, which makes a great throw together appetizer when company drops in unexpectedly. Well it is a good recipe period, but the last time I made it my in-laws called and said they were stopping by for a visit the next morning. No time to head to the store, I whipped this up to the delight of everyone.

In case you were wondering, the Key Lime Jalepeno Marmalade recipe I mentioned in the last blog is on hold for a bit. I want to see if the flavors mellow a little after sitting for a week or more.

Until next time, happy eating.

1 thought on “Tuna Melt”

  1. We had both of these often but used to do the tuna open face on English muffins. As an alternative used canned crab meat. The tuna sandwich and curry cheese rounds were both recipes from friends. Ma’am

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