Fancy Tuna Melt Recipe

The best goddamn tuna sandwich of your life.
June 5, 2019, 1:00pm
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


4 ounces|120 grams aged cheddar, cut into ¼-inch cubes
2 ounces (about 6) pimento-stuffed green olives, thinly sliced into rounds
¼ cup Japanese mayonnaise
2 teaspoons finely chopped bronze fennel, plus fronds for garnish
6 cornichons, finely chopped
1 rib celery, peeled and finely chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 (3.88 ounce|110 gram) cans Ventresca tuna in oil (you can use normal tuna if you like!)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
hot sauce, to taste
4 hot dog buns
2 radishes, thinly sliced
edible flowers, for garnish (optional)


Heat the oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, mix together the cheese, olives, mayonnaise, bronze fennel, cornichons, celery, half of the scallion, and the tuna. Season with salt and pepper, as well as the hot sauce, and divide among the hot dog buns. Wrap each individually in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes. Unwrap from the foil and garnish with the bronze fennel fronds, the remaining sliced scallions, and the radishes. Add some edible flowers if you’re feeling fancy.

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