It’s sandwich time again. This is another of my favorites, and it’s extremely simple. I call it the ultimate tuna melt.
The Ultimate Tuna Melt
4 slices of bread (I prefer rye for this one)
1 can light tuna
1 tbsp light mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tbsp butter or butter substitute (I use promise)
1. Mix in a small bowl: tuna, mayo, mustard, celery, onion, and peppers.
2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
3. Place the bread butter side down on a skillet over medium low heat.
4. Spoon the tuna mixture on top and top with cheese.
5. After the bread is golden brown on the bottom, place the second slice on top and flip, again butter side down.
6. Remove when the bottom is golden brown and the cheese is gooey.
I happen to believe that the sandwich is the most perfect food in existence. From panini to gyros to pb+h (I don’t much care for j) to s’mores (this is technically a sandwich), I am smitten. I would go so far as to call myself a sandwich enthusiast. Therefore, from time to time I will feature a sandwich.
Tory Avey, a food historian on PBS.com explains, “the earliest recognizable form of a sandwich may be the Korech or “Hillel sandwich” that is eaten during Jewish Passover. Hillel the Elder, a Jewish leader and rabbi who lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod (circa 110 BC), first suggested eating bitter herbs inside unleavened matzo bread. The herbs symbolized the bitterness of slavery, and the bread resembled the flatbreads made in haste by the ancient Israelites as they fled Egypt. Hillel’s simple recommendation of sandwiching the two foods together may indicate that this was already a popular way of serving food in the Middle East.” So it’s uncertain where they first originated, but this may be where today’s sandwich originates from.
My favorite sandwich has the distinction of being created by my husband and named after me. The Dana. It is so named because it is the most delicious thing in the world, and I am not shy about singing its praises.