Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Grilled Tuna Melt with Gouda #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

I love an easy lunch. I'm often so busy with work that I forget to eat, but when I do, I want to eat something tasty, and a grilled cheese is easy to whip together, cook in minutes, and feel satisfied afterward.

One of my favorite memories as a girl involves tuna fish sandwiches.  Whenever we would go skiing, my mother would throw together some tuna fish sandwiches, wake us up at 4 a.m. - yes, 4 a.m. - and drive us to Lake Tahoe.  We would ski all day, have tuna for lunch. We could afford the ski tickets but not the food. And one night in a motel, not two...hence the wake-up call worthy of soldiers. We'd stay at the local Travel Lodge Inn. Inexpensive and all 4 of us in one room.  Go back to ski the next day, have another tuna sandwich, and drive home. My mom, rest her soul. How did she have the energy? Oh, right. She was in her 30's. That makes all the difference.

Another favorite memory are the summers we spent in Lake Tahoe and Mom would make grilled cheese sandwiches. Nothing fancy. American cheese on white bread. But...yum!
So, as a tribute to my mother and some fond memories, here's a twist on Mom's tuna fish and grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy.

Grilled Tuna Melt with Gouda

4 slices bread
2-4 ounces Gouda, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 4-ounce can low sodium tuna
1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise (Best Foods is gluten-free)
1 teaspoon relish
¼ teaspoon white pepper

Butter each slice of bread on one side. Spread sour cream on the other side of the bread. [Note: Sour cream is on the inside of the sandwich; the butter side is the outside.]

In a small bowl, mix the tuna, mayonnaise, relish, and white pepper.

Note – slice your Gouda as thinly as possible. Don’t be in a hurry to eat like I was. (See photo below.) It will melt BETTER if really thin.

To assemble: Top two slices of bread, sour cream side up, with Gouda.  Pile half of the tuna mixture on the one slice of bread with Gouda. Set the other slice of bread with cheese on top of the tuna, carefully—don’t lose any of the cheese—and press gently.

If cooking on a stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium low heat for about 2 minutes. Set the sandwiches on the skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the sandwiches, using a spatula, and cook another 2-4 minutes. You can compress the sandwich with the spatula. Turn the sandwich one more time. Press down with the spatula, and remove from the pan. Let cool about 2-3 minutes, and serve. If desired, cover the pan with a lid.

If cooking on a panini or sandwich maker: Set the sandwich on the griddle and slowly lower the top. Cook for a total of 4 minutes. Remove from the griddle and let cool 2-3 minutes, then serve. Beware, the insides might ooze out the sides. If the lid is too heavy, you might want to  resort to the stove top method.

*I make mine using gluten-free bread, so I noted that Best Foods is a gluten-free mayonnaise.

Cheese will melt better if sliced really thin. I was in a hurry. Bad me. Still very tasty.


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As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

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  1. I love grilled sandwiches. My mom brought a loaf of white bread and a package of bologna for sandwiches on a road trip. No mayo or mustard. I was horrified!

    1. Yikes, Pat, I would be horrified too! :) Thank goodness my mom is a condiment person!

  2. I love tuna fish sandwiches so this is perfect.

  3. What a great story, Daryl! Thanks for sharing. Dang, I ate the last piece of smoked Gouda in an omelet, but will remember to try this when I get more groceries soon! Have all the other ingredients!

  4. A great memory.
    And a tasty sandwich.