An American diner classic, this sandwich appeals to adults and children alike. Serve it with your favourite pickles and relishes.
Good with a selection of your favourite pickles such as pickled cucumbers and sweetcorn relish.
Though the shallots and peppers can be chopped and the spring onions sliced in advance, the tuna melts are best made and served straight away.
Heat the grill to high. Split each muffin in half and toast the cut sides.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallot, red pepper and spring onions, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned. Add the tuna, breaking up the chunks with a fork. Cook for 1 minute, or until the tuna is heated through, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tomato ketchup or relish and 2 tbsp of the mayonnaise.
Spread the remaining mayonnaise over the cut sides of the muffins, spoon the tuna mixture on top, and arrange the cheese triangles over the tuna.
Pop under the grill until the cheese melts and top with the muffin “lids”. Serve at once.
- 4 english muffins
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
- 370g tuna chunks, drained
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup,
- 6 tbsp lemon mayonnaise
- 4 slices cheddar cheese, halved diagonally
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Recipe published with permission from © Dorling Kindersley Limited. The Cooking Book 2008
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