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Grilled cheese + tuna melt = tuna melt sandwich!
Drain the tuna very well and place in a bowl. Add mayo, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until you get the desired consistency. Don’t make the tuna too moist, or it will become hard to work with later on. Grind in some black pepper to taste, and set aside.
Next, build the sandwiches. Divide the tuna mixture in half and lay a thin amount on top of 2 slices of bread. Then to each slice of bread, add 2 slices of cheese, slightly overlapping them. Close it all up with the final piece of bread on top.
Begin warming a dry pan over low heat. While that’s warming up, lightly coat the top 2 slices of bread with a very thin coating of mayonnaise, about 1-2 tablespoons per slice. Then, once the pan is warm, carefully lay the sandwiches mayo-side down. As that side starts to brown, lightly coat the bread that’s now facing up with a thin coat of mayo, about 1-2 tablespoonfuls.
It will take a while for the underside of the sandwiches to get golden brown, about 10 minutes or so. Check by carefully lifting up the sandwiches with a spatula. Once brown, gently flip the sandwiches and let them brown on that side for another 10 minutes or so. When both sides of the sandwiches are golden brown and the cheese is nice and melted, remove the sandwiches from the pan, slide them in half, and serve. Caution: they will be hot, so I’d let them sit on the counter for 5 minutes or so before you dive in.
I can honestly say this fresh pasta recipe works every time. It rolls out beautifully, tastes great, doesn’t blow up in the water, doesn’t break when you make ravioli and the dough can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator!
I make pasta a lot, mostly ravioli. I make a bunch and freeze them and it makes getting dinner on the table so easy! Feel free to substitute spinach, basil, chard or kale … but ramps are in season!
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Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!