I can now tell you what this semester is going to look like.
It’s going to look like me being EXHAUSTED.
Like, not hungover, not sick, not pregnant, need to sleep for 10 hours at a time exhausted. What’s THAT about? It happened last night. I had a million hour day, got to bed at 10, asleep by 10:30, and COULDN’T PRY OPEN MY EYES at 8am.
I wasn’t exactly early to work this morning.
If anyone has any magical energy secrets that don’t involve drugs please let me know.
Anyway, the point of all that was to say that MAYBE I’m not the only one who’s exhausted all the time. Maybe some of you are tired too? Tempted all the time to get takeout after work instead of cooking?
Me too, for realzies.
But, sometimes you can make dinner faster than you can order it. It’s certainly cheaper than buying food, and most often healthier since you’re not using any weird liquids or powders to make your food last a super long time before anyone eats it.
You aren’t doing that, right? Good.
These melts are easy, fast, and delicious. They don’t take a ton of time like these other tuna melts I make, and they work really well with hamburger buns that have been in your freezer for 8 or more months.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 can tuna (regular size…8 oz or so?)
- 2 sandwich or hamburger buns
- 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 scallion
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill (3 sprigs or so)
- hot sauce, optional
- butter, optional
Ok so. Easy stuff.
First, thinly slice the cheese. If you’re fancy and have square deli slices they would work great – you’ll need 2 slices per sandwich.
Then, slice the scallion, drain the tuna, and chop the dill.
Split the buns in half and place the bottoms in a cold skillet. COLD. Turn the heat to medium, and cover the bun bottoms with a layer of cheese. We start the pan cold so that the insides of the sandwiches will warm up and melt as the bread toasts. If we added the buns to a hot pan, the bread would toast before the cheese melted, and that would be dumb.
To the first layer of cheese, evenly divide the dill and scallions among the sandwiches.
Then do the same thing with the tuna. I don’t add anything to it – it’s perfect as is!
Now, if you’re into hot sauce, add it here! Jay’s was completely covered, and he said it wasn’t spicy enough. Brat.
Cover the tuna with another layer of cheese.
See how it’s starting to melt? That’s a good thing. Top the sandwich with a bun top. Let the cheese melt for 2 more minutes, then gently flip the sandwich so it browns on both sides.
Now, if you feel like the bread and excessive cheese aren’t enough, you could rub a little butter on the buns for some added oomph. Who doesn’t like oomph?
Flip the melts one or two more times until the cheese is completely melted and the buns are brown all over. Then, remove them to a cutting board and gently cut them in half.
That’s it! So delicious and easy. I served this with wine from a box in a juice glass and salad, and it was basically the perfect exhausted-night dinner.
Enjoy these! You don’t have to be as ghetto with your drink choice. I’ll never know.