French Toasted Tuna Sandwiches

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Tuna sandwich on a plate. Steve Brown Photography/Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

These tuna sandwiches are battered and fried in a style similar to the famous ham and cheese "Monte Cristo" sandwich. The tuna salad filling is a classic combination of tuna, mayonnaise, and chopped celery. A small amount of lemon juice and basic seasonings flavor the mixture.

The sandwiches are assembled and then dipped in the egg and milk batter and fried on a griddle or in a skillet. These French toasted tuna sandwiches are a nice change of pace.

What You'll Need

  • 1 can (approximately 7 ounces) tuna, flaked
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter

How to Make It

In a bowl, combine the tuna, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a dash of pepper. Mix with a fork until well blended.

Spread the tuna salad mixture on 4 slices of the bread. Cover with remaining 4 slices of bread then cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

In a bowl, whisk eggs with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup milk.

Carefully dip the sandwich halves in the egg mixture.

Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Fry the sandwich halves in hot butter until nicely browned on both sides.

Tips and Variations

  • Add a slice of American cheese to each sandwich before slicing and dipping.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion to the tuna salad mixture.
  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of chopped dill pickle to the tuna mixture, or to taste.

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