Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sandwich Nostalgia

Sometimes it is the simplest of foods that come to mind.  When I was growing up, Sunday dinner was a big affair that consisted of two to three meats, at least five vegetables and cake and a few pies--a true southern dining extravaganza!  But, Sunday suppers were simple.

My mother did three sandwiches:  Toasted cheese served with tomato soup.  Peanut butter and jelly served with vegetable soup.  Tuna melt served with a pickle.  We don't eat a lot of tuna anymore but sometimes, nostalgia wins out.

Here's my mother's recipe for tuna melt (with a little tweak of mine, of course). 



Mother's Sunday Supper Tuna Melt

1 six ounce can of light tuna packed in water
1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp prepared mustard
Slices of sharp cheddar cheese (we like Tillamook sharp cheddar)
Whole grain bread
2 Tbsp butter at room temperature

1.  Drain the tuna and add the relish, mayonnaise and mustard.  Mix well.  Spread on one slice of the bread.
2.  Cover with thinly sliced cheddar cheese.
3.  Cover with the other slice of bread.  Spread butter over both slices.
4.  Place into a hot skillet and saute over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
5.  Serve with a side of garden salad, sliced dill pickles and nostalgia.

ENJOY!




30 comments:

  1. I haven't had one of these in "forever"!!! I may have to change that for one of our busy nights!!!

    thanks for the nostalgia -- we had simple Sunday night meals as well -- usually Sandwiches from the Sunday joint or cold leftover fried chicken with bread (no butter -- just bread) and always leftover dessert -- the only time we had real dessert was on Sunday!

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  2. My goodness, you just took me back in time, my mind was racing looking at that tuna sandwich. Mom made it just the same way only she added a combo of dill and sweet relish. I think this is going to be my lunch. Those tomatoes look awesome.

    Wow, the food you all had on Sunday. The house must have had fragrances wafting everywhere and the conversations around the table. No wonder she kept it simple for dinner.

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  3. Sometimes a really good sandwich is all you truly need. I love the mix-ins to this tuna melt! I've never put pickles in mine before...

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  4. that is one beautiful sandwich, i am a sandwich person, love all of them. we had the same sunday dinners you named, but we were on our own for sunday supper with left overs. or we went to someone else house after church and had their left overs. daddy was a baptist pastor and we went home most sunday evenings with others.

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  5. Our Sunday supper was always waffles. I love tuna melts but have never made one at home. I have to remedy that. I like the way yours sounds. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Thank you for reminding me. I love tuna melts.

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  7. This sandwich would be ideal for me too especially at work.

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  8. Sounds good. It's amazing how food can trigger sweet memories! No place like home!

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  9. I make tuna melts at the diner...as a special, they are not on my regular menu. I love them and so do my customers, a real winner.

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  10. The bread makes this tuna melt wonderful, doesn't it? I adore grain bread. But with the old fashioned grilled cheese, I gotta have white bread...could be a lovely country white though.

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  11. I'm making this for lunch today -- Sophie and I are home and it's raining outside in Los Angeles so there's not reason to feel guilty for staying inside!

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  12. Can I tell you sometimes, we have that same feeling of nostalgia and make ourselves a tuna sandwich; I also add the picles and sometimes my home made relish.
    I think we will have one pretty soon.
    Rita

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  13. This is almost exactly how I make mine!! The only difference-I don't put the mustard in. But I am in the minority. Now this makes me want one for lunch, I think I'll make one. I just got some soft Gouda from a local monestery, the Catholic nuns make and sell it, they have their own equipment there, and their own cows which are all grass fed. I will put this on the tuna.

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  14. Sometimes a simple sandwich is best of all! Carla

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  15. I loved Sunday dinner. For supper we usually had leftovers. Brings back wonderful memories. Love some tuna melts!

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  17. My mom always didn't like tuna (bad nostalgic memories?) but I have started to love it. This looks great!

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  18. Making a "melt" out of the tuna sandwich would be a new twist for our family. Add a boiled egg to your recipe and it is the same... on fresh, stick-to-the-top-of-your-mouth white bread... and that is my nostalgic version. LOL! I do love a little comfort from childhood recipes!! ;)

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  19. That's my sister's favorite sandwich- and you make it just like she likes it! My mom still cooks a big Sunday dinner. :)

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  20. A little curious--did you have all the sandwiches and soups at the same time?
    or
    Each Sunday?

    Yum! Yum!

    Melinda

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  21. LOL My mom came for lunch this week and it was tuna sandwiches and chicken soup! The food of memories! the savory biscotti soup looks good. will have to try it.

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  22. I adore the tuna sandwich and yours looks like packed with flavours and goodness!

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  23. I love it when food provokes fond memories. The tuna melt is an American classic. Awesome. Cheers to your mom.

    Velva

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  24. This sounds like a supper we ate when I was small. Only we just had one sandwich variety per meal. I would have loved to have grown up in your house!

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  25. This is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches with the other being a patty melt! I love it with a slice of tomato on it too. Now, you've gone and made me hungry!

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  26. Tuna melts are so good. I have not had one in so long!
    I love grilled cheese and tomato soup. Nothing is better. I used to make that all the time for my kids.
    Wonderful post!
    Blessings,
    Catherine

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  27. I haven't had a tuna melt in so long. But everytime I see one, I have to have it. Tillamook cheddar is a fave of mine too.

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  28. Sometimes a simple sandwich is the most satisfying meal! I always use pickle relish with mayonaise in my tuna salad ...so good!

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  29. This is one of my hubby's favorite sandwich. He always uses sweet relish.

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  30. I love tuna and tuna melts! I make them quite often for my lunches. Looks yummy!

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