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.