First, you have to decide whether you’re making these for kids or grownups! My kids’ version is fairly simple. Figure on about 4 servings per 12 ounces of tuna. Drain the tuna and add enough mayonnaise to moisten, mixing it up well with a fork and breaking up all the big chunks.
Spread the tuna on English muffins, bagels, or toast. You can toast the bread first lightly if you like. Top the tuna mix with a slice of cheddar cheese and broil until melted.
The grownup versions can include sautéed diced onion and celery, capers, sliced olives, and whatever else you think might taste good! Then follow the same directions. There was one recipe I tried that I really liked that had you saute onions and celery, then add the tuna, some cottage cheese, and mayonnaise and warm up before topping your bread.
I’d love to hear anyone’s else’s variations of tuna melts. Tuna is one of the least expensive forms of protein around, keeps indefinitely in the pantry (always a hit for emergency dinners!), and is fairly kid-friendly.