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Cat Cora’s Spicy Tuna Melt Sandwiches With Swiss Cheese, Apple and Avocado


2 ea (6-oz) cans tuna (packed in water), flake with fork
2 ea finely chopped scallions, green and white portions
1 ea small red onion, minced
1 ea small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 ea celery rib, finely chopped
1 ea small Fuji apple, peeled, cored and diced small
1 ea slightly firm avocado, peeled and diced small
2 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
    freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
8 slices multi-grain bread
4-6 slices Swiss Cheese
1 ea vine-ripened tomato, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
4 ea pickle spears
    basket of tortilla chips


Preheat the oven to 400° F.  In a medium bowl, toss together the tuna, scallions, red onion, jalapeno, celery and Fuji apple.  Add the avocado, toss lightly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.


In a small bowl, whisk together the cilantro, olive oil, salt, black pepper, lime juice, mustard and vinegar.  Pour the dressing over the tuna mixture and toss to mix.  Cover and refrigerate.


Set oven to broil; place bread on a baking sheet under the broiler.  Watch carefully, and remove when the toast is light brown on each side.  Top 4 pieces of toast with tomato slices and place Swiss cheese on the remaining 4 toast slices.  Return to oven and watch carefully.  remove as soon as the cheese begins to melt.

Spoon a 1/4-cup size dollop of tuna salad onto the 4 toast slices.  Spread so the tuna salad covers the bread.  Top each sandwich with the cheesy slice of toast and serve with a big pickle spear and tortilla chips.

(4 servings)


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03/05/2012 - Posted by | Sandwich

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