RECIPE

Ital-Tuna Melts

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, 1 cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon zest plus the juice of 1 lemon
  • One can quartered artichoke hearts, drained well and patted dry on paper towels (14 ounces)
  • One can water-packed tuna, drained and flaked (12 ounces)
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Four 1-inch-thick slices of crusty bread
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 1/2 pound Italian fontina cheese, sliced

Preparation

Pre-heat the broiler.


In a large bowl, mash the whole garlic clove with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt until a paste forms. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until combined. Add the artichoke hearts, tuna, onion, celery, tomatoes and basil to the bowl and dress with 3 tablespoons of the EVOO (eyeball it). Mash the tuna salad with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Place the bread slices on a broiler pan and char on both sides under the broiler. Rub one side of each slice with the cut garlic and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of EVOO. Divide the arugula and the tuna salad among the bread slices and top with the cheese. Return to the broiler and melt the cheese until bubbly, 1-2 minutes.

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