best ever tuna melt.

boy do i love a good tuna melt.

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i remember the first time i had tuna melts with my neighbor growing up (hi katy!)…except i thought she called them “tuna boats.” maybe she did. i thought they were called tuna boats for a long time. her family would make them open-face on bagels with tuna and cheddar.

i think this might have been some of my first experiences using a big oven, besides chocolate chip cookies. i think we attempted making tuna melts in the microwave and we quickly learned that that was disgusting.

we’d make a lot of other microwaved delicacies like tortillas with refried beans and cheese, marshmallows on graham crackers, hot pockets…all the classics. then we’d do weird stuff like set the microwave for 30 seconds and see how many times we could run around the living room and back down the hall to the kitchen before it beeped. this is what pre-internet 90’s kids did for fun!

i’m sure once our tuna boats made it safely out of the oven, we’d plop down to watch full house or one of the other greats of our childhood. gooooooood times.

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my grown up tuna melt is so very delicious.

adding the right mixture of ingredients to the tuna is key. plain tuna with mayo is fine, but i highly encourage you to make your tuna with mayo, black pepper and a pinch of salt, pepperoncini juice and sliced green onions.

i don’t know how to spell pepperoncini and i don’t think the internet does either. it either has 1 P or 2 P’s and an N in the middle or no N, and nobody seems to know what’s right. the jar says “peperoncini.” anyhoo…

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the green onion and pepperoncini juice and black pepper really do it for me on a tuna melt.

if i’m making plain tuna sandwiches, peter likes chopped up dill pickles and a splash of pickle juice, but on a tuna melt i personally just want the flavor of the green onion instead. and the pepperoncini juice gives it that acidic kick. pete and i have strong, strong opinions against sweet pickles in tuna sandwiches and/or fried chicken sandwiches orrrr anywhere, lol. we’ve come across so many restaurants that use sweet pickles in these items and we are plum confused by it. dill pickles or nothing! in this case, pepperoncini juice.

pepperoncinis remind me of quizno’s. another throwback delicacy of my late youth. it’s not so great anymore, but in the early 2000’s quizno’s was the jam. that honey bacon clubbbbbb of 2001…mmmmm. “they got a peppa barrrrrr!”

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this particular size of tuna melt could be cut in two and shared - buuut if you’re really really hungry you could eat the whole thing :)

it’s my favorite combo of all the things and it’s tuna melt perfection in my eyes. i hope you try it!

Best Ever Tuna Melt

Serves 1-2, Easily Multiplied

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • (1) 7-ounce can tuna fish, drained well (I use Albacore in water)

  • 2 TB mayonnaise

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • big pinch of salt

  • 1-2 TB pepperoncini juice, or dill pickle juice

  • 3 green onion shoots

  • 2-3 slices sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 a large avocado

  • handful of fresh arugula

  • (1) 1” thick slice of good sourdough bread

Instructions-

Slice the sourdough bread and toast it in a pan on medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil until golden. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F, or use the broiler.

Drain the tuna fish in the can and add the tuna to a bowl with the mayonnaise, salt & pepper, green onions and pepperoncini or dill pickle juice. Mash everything with a fork until well combined. If too dry, add extra pepperoncini juice or mayo.

With the grilled bread on a baking sheet, top it with the tuna mixture. Place the slices of sharp cheddar cheese on top. Place the baking sheet in the oven or broiler for about 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is super melty.

Remove from oven and top with sliced avocado, extra chopped green onion, and fresh arugula.

Enjoy immediately!

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apple, cheddar, broccolini & shallot galette.

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i’m back with a deeeelicious recipe that i made back in october and was soo excited to share it then. but, i ran off and got married and went on some fun trips and have just been all around holiday season preoccupied!

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but hot damn this is the little galette that could. i wish i had made two, because pete and i totally woofed this down for dinner that day.

i love all the flavors and textures going on - soft (but crisp!) juicy apples, melty sharp cheddar, hearty broccolini bits, tangy shallots all on the most flaky, buttery, tasty crust.

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this pie crust/galette dough recipe reigns from kitchen queen alison roman’s cookbook, dining in.

when i saw “the only piecrust” as the title of her crust recipe i was like welp. look at that confidence. i trust this bish. and then the fact that it has apple cider vinegar quickly convinced me to use it for this apple galette that i had in mind.

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fast forward to the end of october, i was in new york city with my friend whitney (again!), and we were enjoying the best pizza & wine at rubirosa on the lower east side. then in walks the alison roman herself. she was standing at the host station and we were at the bar, which are somehow right next to each other - she was in an arm’s reach of me on 2 glasses of red wine…………. aka the danger zone.

i had JUST made her piecrust recipe earlier that week and pete and i had been going nuts over it. so in classic quinn word vomit fashion, i tapped her on the shoulder and told her “HEY I LOVE YOUR PIECRUST.” lol.

somehow this did not alarm her in any way - she’s very recognizable and her cookbook has been the jam for the last year. i went on to tell her i made it that week and used it for a galette. she was very sweet and appreciative that i made her recipe and loved it!

loved it so much i just had to be a bugaboo in a restaurant about it. oh wellz. these are the days we’re living in, i guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️ ok to go up to a complete stranger and profess your love for their piecrust. the internet is weird.

so anyway holy moses this galette combination is so so so good.

and it’s really so simple. don’t be alarmed by the long prep time - it’s just that the dough needs to chill a couple hours before you roll it out and bake it.

galettes are so freaking versatile, but peter & i both loved this version that feels very fall/winter. also, apples & cheese and broccoli & cheese are just classic combos - put it all together with those zingy shallots on top and yum yum YUM.

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also, galettes are supposed to be rustic. don’t fret about making them look perfect AT ALL. it is like pie’s lazy sista. the messy top bun of baked goods, if you will.

i have to rave one more time about alison’s pie crust recipe. i have made lots of versions of basic pie crusts from scratch - and this one is just as easy, but i think its all the ratios and the apple cider vinegar that sets it apart.

pleeeease try it!

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i think i should arm our fridge with stacks of chilled-ahead disks of galette crust at the ready because once you make one, your brain will race with all the other combinations you can make.

sweet, savory, or sweet + savory!

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galettes are also a great vehicle for clean-out-the-fridge/pantry days. random-potato here, rogue-onion there, gotta-use-that-peach here, getting-sad mushrooms there. not to mention cheeses that are lingering in your cheese drawer!

i dare you to just throw whatever’s in your fridge/pantry on this crust and not like it.

also have you even SEEN all the sweet galette recipe ideas topped with ice cream?? yeah.

Apple, Cheddar, Broccolini & Shallot Galette

Makes 1 Galette (Crust Recipe from Alison Roman’s ‘Dining In’ Cookbook, “The Only Piecrust” recipe - halved here)

Active Time: 25 minutes, Chill Time: 2 hours, Bake Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours (you can make dough in advance and refrigerate)

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

  • 1 tsp. sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter (10 TB), cut into 1-inch pieces, chilled

  • 1/2 TB apple cider vinegar

  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup ice water

For the toppings:

  • 1 large Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, cored & sliced thinly (I used more than half the apple)

  • 1 heaping cup freshly shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

  • a few small heads of broccolini, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1 small shallot, sliced thinly

  • 1 egg + 2 tsp. water, for crust eggwash

Instructions-

Make the dough/crust ahead of time to allow a couple hours to chill, or chill overnight:

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar & salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and toss to coat in the flour mixture, then use your hands to smash the butter between your fingers. Incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until it appears shaggy and flaky.

Combine the vinegar and the ice water and drizzle it over the flour + butter mixture. Run your fingers through the mixture to evenly distribute the water through the flour until the dough starts coming together.

On a lightly floured work surface, knead the combined dough a few times to gather up and incorporate any dry bits. It will not be smooth or shiny. Knead the shaggy mass with your palms a few more times, then pat into a flat disk about 1 inch thick. Wrap the disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Put it all together:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a piece of parchment on a baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray.

Roll out chilled galette crust on a lightly floured work surface until it’s about 1/8 inch thick, depending how big/small, thick or thin you’d like your galette to be.

Grate the cheddar cheese, slice the apple, cut up the broccolini and slice the shallot. In a small bowl, whisk one egg and add 2 tsp. water and whisk again. Set aside for egg wash.

Leaving about 2 inches around the edges of the galette crust so you can fold it over, add your toppings to the center of the dough. Start with sharp cheddar cheese, layers of thin apple slices, another layer of cheese, broccolini florets, and shallot slivers.

Gently fold over the edges of the galette inward. This step does not have to look perfect - just create a pocket to hold all the toppings in.

Using the prepared egg wash, brush the external crust edges until they’re evenly coated in the wash. Discard remaining egg wash. Top with another layer of sharp cheddar cheese all over and transfer the galette to the prepared parchment on the baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. Use a large knife to cut into triangles.

Serve immediately or same-day! This is a great appetizer for a gathering or dinner party.

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