These were just okay; nothing terribly special. I could barely taste the vinegar even though I added more than called for. The best part was the fresh basil, which I might make a point of adding to my regular tuna sandwiches, but I wouldn't bother with these again.
Oregon Tuna Melts
Photo: © Squire Fox
Approaching tuna-melt perfection, Tommy Habetz's sandwiches have the ideal tuna-to-cheese ratio. His smart idea: using balsamic vinaigrette in place of mayonnaise.
- 2 6-ounce cans albacore tuna
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced basil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 ciabatta rolls, split
- Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, for spreading
- 8 1/4-inch-thick slices of Swiss or cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
- Sixteen 1/8-inch-thick lengthwise slices of kosher dill pickle
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- In a medium bowl, mix the tuna with the onion, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a panini press or griddle. Spread the cut sides of the rolls with mustard and mayonnaise and top each roll half with a slice of cheese. Spread the tuna salad on the bottoms and cover with the pickles. Close the sandwiches and spread the outsides of the rolls with the butter.
- Add the sandwiches to the press and cook over moderate heat until the cheese is melted, about 6 minutes. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.
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