new jersey diner tuna melts

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~ new jersey diner tuna melts ~

Every once in awhile we crave diner food. We have a sweet little diner-style restaurant downtown Red Wing called Bev’s Cafe, and we usually walk up there when we need a burger, melt or french fry fix. But, the last time the craving hit it was a cold, rainy day and we didn’t really feel like leaving the house. So, I decided to make these yummy, easy, New Jersey-style tuna melts and they really hit the spot!

12 oz. canned tuna in water, drained well

1/4 cup real mayonnaise

1/4 cup finely-chopped celery

1/4 cup finely-chopped onion

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

4 large slices rye bread, halved OR 4 hamburger buns, split

8 slices ripe tomato

16 slices swiss or white cheddar cheese

paprika and parsley for garnish

Preheat oven broiler. Mix tuna, mayo, celery, onion, parsley, vinegar, salt and pepper. Place bread or hamburger buns on a large baking sheet and lightly butter each piece. Broil for one minute, until each slice is toasty and lightly golden. Remove from oven. Spread tuna mixture on each slice, then a slice of cheese, a slice of tomato and finally another slice of cheese. Return to oven and broil for 3 to 5 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted. Watch sandwiches closely and rotate them as needed so they all get done evenly and none of them burn. Garnish with a little sprinkle of paprika and fresh parsley.



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  6 comments for “new jersey diner tuna melts

  1. April 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This looks so pretty and I’m sure it’s tasty too!!! Nice job Melissa!!!xo Bia

    • Melissa
      April 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks Bia! xoxo

  2. May 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Is it normal to want to dive right into a plate? Cuz I totally want to right now. In a good way. *grins*

    • Melissa
      May 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Hee hee…Kim, I would say that is a very normal impulse 🙂 Happens to me a lot! LOL thanks for stopping by!

  3. May 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    OK I am soooo going to make these. I am starving right now and wish I had one!

    • Melissa
      May 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Enjoy Bobbi! 🙂 xo

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