One of my fav comfort foods has always been Tuna Melts – warm gooey goodness on toasted bread. Especially good on cold winter days.
A friend told me that to stretch her tuna, she adds oats to the tuna and the tuna liquid. I thought it sounded so good and so healthy at the same time, so I tried it and loved it – I will never make them the same again!
I used quick oats, which absorbed the tuna liquid just fine, but were somewhat mushy. If you want a little more oat al dente feel, use regular oats, not the quick cooking style.
FAB FRUGAL TUNA MELTS
1 can (7 ounces) light tuna in water, undrained
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup grated cheese (I used Monterey Jack)
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
Six slices toasted bread ( I used multigrain)
Stir together all ingredients except Parmesan and bread. Let stand on counter 10 minutes. Spread tuna mixture on bread slices and then sprinkle evenly with Parmesan. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
— posted by Donna