A few weeks ago I wrote about solving my own grocery day dilemma which prompted Andrew to respond with a comment about his (self-proclaimed) weird tuna concoction involving apples and onions. I was intrigued.
|half apple on cutting board|
I have an odd relationship with onions. I like them cold and raw (preferably minced very fine) or cooked, at the very least, to a completely softened state. If they fall somewhere in between, I just can't seem to stomach them; the short cooking time for tuna melts results in warm, raw onions and this is the precise reason I avoid adding them to mine. I decided to start with a frying pan.
|sautéing onions and walnuts|
As I began my onion sauté, I though about how much I love the cozy combination of apples and walnuts and wondered how they would work in this mix. Since we were already working with weird, I crushed a few and added them to the pan. When the onions were done to my preference point, I moved them to a mixing bowl, along with my already diced apple (skins intact for some additional colour) and a short stalk of celery that I wanted to use up.
|apples, onions, walnuts, celery|
This is the part where I must confess that I completely veered from the original plan and took this tuna in a whole new direction. Already going nuts earlier, I kept building on instinct, now using the idea but making it my own. The downside to this? If the melts were a flop I could no longer hold Andrew responsible. Still, I continued with confidence and worked on the dressing; a couple scoops of mayonnaise, some sea salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, cayenne, lemon juice and a healthy dose of curry.
|curried mayonnaise dressing|
After stirring together the dressing, the apple mixture and one drained can of tuna, I scooped even amounts over thick beds of fresh cornbread, topping each with diced slices of cheese before popping the pan in to the oven to bake.
|tuna mixture on cornbread|
|fresh out of the oven|
The verdict? Not weird, but wonderful. Different flavours I would never have thought to try together, but am certainly glad I did. Thanks to Andrew for sharing your idea; I hope you'll try my variation on your recipe.
|curried apple tuna melts|