So maybe that was a bit harsh. Maybe not. Either way, chemicals or not, I miss tuna sometimes. Especially a tuna melt on toasted bread, but I obviously will never touch the stuff again. Chickpeas do nicely, but I had pretty much given up on finding something with that slightly fishy taste. Until Meatless Select sent me a sample pack. Recipes will be forthcoming for the taco meat and the chili, but chicken isn't vegan, so I can't vouch for that, but if it's anything like the tuna, it's great, too. You can buy them all at the Meatless Select website, or on Amazon.
I popped open a can and was shocked that it looked (and felt) pretty authentic. I just knew that I had to make myself a melt.
Making tuna salad is pretty straightforward. Just chop some green onions, and dump in with all of your spices and mayo and mix. For this sandwich, I thought it would be nice to make it a bit smoky and a tiny bit spicy, so I added some chipotle powder. You can feel free to leave it out if you want a more "traditional" salad.
Once you've got the salad mixed up, toast whatever bread you'd like to use. This day, I happened to have One Buns on hand. Love those things. Especially for burgers. Anyway, just spoon out your tuna and top it with whatever cheese you have on hand. I LOVE (truly) Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti. And it went really well with the smoky chipotle flavor.
Stick that under your broiler for about 2-3 minutes or until it's bubbly and browning (keep the oven door ajar and keep an eye so it doesn't burn).
Top with whatever you like. I found a bag of potato sticks (remember those!??) at the gas station the other day and figured it would go nicely on this sandwich. I sliced some grape tomatoes and threw some lettuce leaves on there and I was set. Can't have tuna without tomato, right?!
And there you have it - a Fishless Tuna Melt! And here's the recipe.
Fishless Tuna Melt
One can Meatless Select Fishless Tuna, drained and flaked
1 tbsp. vegan mayo
2 green onions, minced
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
Bread of choice
Toast your bread. Mix up your tuna, spices, green onion, and mayo. Arrange on bread. Top with cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes or until slightly browned and bubbly. Remove from oven, top with potato sticks, tomato, and lettuce (and the top piece of bread!). Yum!
I've got a Fishless Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe forthcoming, so keep coming back :)