"If you order a tuna melt in a New Jersey diner, you'll get something very similar to this! My method of topping the tuna salad with cheese FIRST, then tomato and more cheese, keeps the toppings from sliding off the bread." according to recipe creator of AllRecipes.com.
That Girl Can Cook! has created various versions of this recipe including using an English muffin with cheddar cheese and sometimes we use whole wheat bread and add some minced garlic.
Making the tuna salad the night before and keeping it in the refrigerator lets the flavors really mix together nicely. ~ Marie Rhoades
New Jersey Style Tuna Melts
12 oz. Solid White Tuna in water, drained (2 - 6 oz. cans)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
4 slices seedless rye bread
8 slices ripe tomato
8 slices Swiss cheese
Preheat the oven broiler.Adapted from: AllRecipes.com
- Mix tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, parsley, and vinegar together.
- Season tuna mixture with salt and pepper.
- Place bread slices on a baking sheet and broil for 1 minute or until lightly toasted.
- Remove from broiler and spread with tuna salad.
- Place 1 cheese slice over the top of tuna, layer with a tomato slice, and top with remaining cheese slices.
- Return layered bread to oven and broil 3 to 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.