Fresh Tuna Melt

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At Food 101 in Atlanta, executive chef Scott Crawford upgrades a home-style sandwich into a specialty. The fresh Ahi tuna is submerged in canola oil and cooked confit-style, with onions and garlic cloves.


Tuna Confit:
5 lb. fresh tuna end cuts
2 cups canola oil
2 onions, julienned
2 garlic cloves

Salad Mix:

1 cup onions from confit, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
3 cups mayonnaise
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper


40 slices 9-grain bread
40 slices aged Swiss cheese
40 fresh tomato slices
Iceberg lettuce leaves


1. For the confit: Cut the tuna pieces into equal-size chunks and place in a deep roasting pan. Cover tuna with oil and add onion and garlic.

2. Cover roasting pan and cook in a 225°F oven for 35-55 min. (Make sure the oil doesn’t boil.)

3. Cool tuna in oil, then place in colander for 15 min. until all oil drains away.

4. For the salad mix: Chop tuna into large pieces; combine with chopped onions from confit, celery, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. To make sandwiches: Spread bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise and toast lightly on both sides. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on each piece of toast; top half of the pieces with tuna mixture, tomato slices, and lettuce. Cover with remaining toast pieces.

6. Grill sandwiches on buttered flattop for 15-30 sec. per side to melt cheese and finish browning.

Source: Recipe from Chef Scott Crawford

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