FGC: Spicy Tuna Melts

Best tuna meltAre you ready for more fancy grilled cheese sandwiches? Last time we made a delicious little sandwich with sourdough, almond butter, and figs. This week we are all about the tuna melts. 

Okay, here's my confession about tuna melts. And this kind of dates me, but since I don't really mind telling you my age (28), I figure whatever. When I was a junior in high school, this awesome show started called The OC. I was obsessed during the first two seasons of that show! In the first season, Seth and Anna (played by Adam Brody and Samaire Armstrong) both order a tuna melt at the school cafeteria, and it's one of the moments that makes them realize they like each other.

I immediately looked up what a tuna melt was, because I had no idea. And I've loved them ever since.

Best tuna melt  We're also gonna do something a little bit different here, and instead of grilling the sandwich (on the stove top), we're gonna bake it. I'll show you why. I think you're gonna like it. 

Easy tuna melt recipeSpicy Tuna Melts, serves 2-3.

1 package crescent rolls
1 can (4 ounces) tuna
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon sweet relish
2-3 slices of pepper jack cheese

Drain the tuna and combine with the mayo and sweet relish. Add a little salt and pepper if you like. Since I made you scroll through that ridiculously long photo tutorial, you really don't need me to tell you how to assemble these. You're welcome.

Bake at 375°F for 12-14 minutes. You'll want to cook these a little longer than the package directs, as the addition of the filling will make the bottom layers cook a little slower.

Best tuna melt Serve alongside a soup or salad (or both). You can easily pop this in the oven and get your salad thrown together or put the finishing touches on whatever soup you are making. And if you don't fancy tuna melts, you can easily change this up to whatever you like; fill it with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese if you prefer. It's easy to customize and makes a quick and delicious dinner. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • Simple and I probably have the ingredients at home. Will be making soon, thanks Emma!

  • I loved The OC too ! 😀 (and we are the same age by the way… except I discovered it when I was still in France).
    You make me wanna watch the show again.
    Thanks for the recipe and back story 😉

  • Delicious! Can’t hear the OC and not immediately want to have a marathon weekend. Best show ever!!

  • Oh my gosh I LOVE tuna melts so made with crescent rolls, I’m pretty sure these would be to die for delicious!! Thanks for sharing another great idea! XO, D

  • So easy. So amazeballs. Totally making this when I go home – thank you for helping me decide on what’s for dinner tonight…..and what I will be watching while eating bc nell & ryan atwood forever

  • this must be our tuna melt moment–i’m the same age and i also love the oc & tuna melts! i like mine on a bagel, sandy cohen style

  • Oh my gosh, I’m making these once a week. Emma, you’re a genius!

  • This is almost exactly the tuna melts my dad used to make us as kids. I never liked tuna but everyone else I know loved it! His was baked as well but with thick bread not rolls 😛

  • But it’s a tuna melt in the oven… it’s not a fancy grilled cheese……. LOL??

  • HUGE OC FAN. Have all the seasons. Watch the christmukka episodes every christmas hahaha. Nothings better than Ryan and Taylor going into a time-space continuum.

  • Yum! I’ve always loved tuna melts and this is a great spin on them. Also the pepper jack cheese is a great idea! Thanks 🙂

  • Great idea! I love the idea of making them spicy – something you wouldn’t normally think of with a tuna melt. Pinning!

  • Me too!! The episode where Seth dresses up like spiderman and falls off the roof? I could watch that episode on repeat alone all weekend! Xx

  • Wow those tuna melts look amazing, and so easy to make!! Definitely on my list of recipes to try!!

    Desiree @ Love Desiree

  • This looks so good and so simple! I bet the crescent rolls make tuna melts way more delicious than bread. I am going to try this very soon 🙂

  • I loved The OC! I’m WAY older than you are but I will admit that I watched every episode! I was first intro ducted to Tuna Melts back when I was in college. I probably ate one for lunch everyday my freshman year…not kidding 😉 Love the new spin on them and maybe I can get my kids to eat tuna this way!

  • How did you come up with this recipe! I love the way you utilized these ingredients to make something completely innovative! I’m going to make a vegan version of this with this inspiration! Thanks!

  • Я заказала этот браслет, по причине своего плохого самочувствия. Очень быстро получила и сразу одела его. Не думала, что все мои близкие так агрессивно отнесутся к моей покупке. С первого дня, только и слышала насмешки в свой адрес. Говорили всякие гадости и про меня и про браслет.

    Я даже стала уже сомневаться. Наперекор, что бы сразу не сдаться, продолжала его носить. Сейчас уже смеюсь, что нужно было сразу на всех родственников заказывать, может не так активно нервы трепали.

    Я стойко переносила все неприятные реплики и вот случилось, то в чем я сама уже сомневалась. Дочь заметила, что мои попиломы отвалились. После этого, все притаились и стали наблюдать за мной.

    Спустя месяц я снизила вес на 7 кг. Теперь я, чувствую себя на высоте, и бросаю на всех высокомерный взгляд.


    Я заказала этот браслет, по причине своего плохого самочувствия. Очень быстро получила и сразу одела его. Не думала, что все мои близкие так агрессивно отнесутся к моей покупке. С первого дня, только и слышала насмешки в свой адрес. Говорили всякие гадости и про меня и про браслет.

  • love it and definitely going to give it a try! thank you!!

    ps. i’m 27 and i also was obsessed wit the first and second season of the OC!! i just loved this show so much! :))

  • Was there a sale on crescent rolls in your area? Or Pillsbury products, perhaps?

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