A classic tuna melt—well, at least to me. When I was growing up, my dad made them just like this: English muffin, mayo-y tuna salad, sharp cheddar, ultra-hot broiler. I made a few nips and tucks: less mayo, more dijon, and pickles instead of relish (so, sour instead of sweet). But I kept the bright-colored cheese because it’s sunny as heck and makes me feel warm. —Emma Laperruque
1 open-faced sandwich
can tuna, drained
plus 1 teaspoon mayo
celery stalk, minced
English muffin, split (not sliced!) in half
slices sharp cheddar, preferably yellow or orange
In This Recipe
Preheat the broiler and line a sheet pan with foil (not parchment, which can catch fire).
Combine the tuna, mayo, mustard, celery, pickles, and salt in a bowl. Mix with a fork. Taste and adjust accordingly.
Add the English muffin halves, cut side facing up, to the lined sheet pan. Slide under the broiler until just starting to get toasty, then remove from the oven. (Crispiness is personal! Just remember it gets broiled again in a moment.)
Top each half with tuna, then a slice of cheese. Slide under the broiler again and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.