When I was a child my mother would make these tuna and egg melts that I loved. She made them because they were cheap and easy, and to use up buns that were going stale apparently. That’s what I found out years later. Stale buns. Not exactly what comes to mind as yummy comfort food. They were though. If I wasn’t feeling well I’d inevitably ask her to make them. She thought I was nuts. Those old things, she would ask. Yep, those old things.
I’ve been sick for the past couple weeks. A cold that turned into bronchitis that lead to a reaction to my meds. Food has not been my friend. At the beginning, when it was just a cold, I had chicken soup every day for five days straight. I love soup so that didn’t bother me in the least, but then as the coughing got worse and my body decided to do it’s big revolt food became nothing more than tea and an occasional cracker. Today is the first day I felt like something more and those tuna and egg melts my mom used to make were calling. She never did give me a recipe for them though. She didn’t have one. She did learn from my grandmother remember, the one who never uses a recipe. We learn what we are taught. I’m not quite as domestic when it comes to such things. I tinker and experiment in the kitchen, but when I make something that I really like I write that shit down. That reminds me, I’ll have to share a lasagna recipe with you one of these days.
Anywho, this isn’t my mom’s recipe, it may not even be my recipe next time I make them, but it is what I made today and it was delicious. Mind you, I’m still not fully recovered and my senses may be a little out of whack, so use this as a general guide rather than a tried and true recipe. Try them. Experiment. Basically it’s like making tuna salad and egg salad mixed together. Add what you like.
Tuna & Egg Melts
3-4 hard boiled eggs
1 can tuna
1 green onion, chopped
1/3 cup of mayo
paprika or other desired seasoning, I used piri-piri
salt and pepper to taste
small amount of butter
shredded cheese or cheese slices
bread or buns
1. Mash eggs with a fork. Make it smooth or chunky as you like.
2. Drain tuna and add to eggs. Mix together.
3. Add onion, seasoning, salt and pepper, mayo and mix together well
4. Slice buns in half and spread with butter. You can skip the butter but I do it because that’s the way my mom did it.
5. Top buns with generous portion tuna and egg mixture then place on baking sheet
6. Add cheese
7. Heat in oven under broiler for 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts and tops begin to brown