White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwiches are great for lunch or dinner. The bread is crispy, the tuna-bean mixture is creamy, and the basil adds a delicious punch of freshness. The next time you’re craving a cheesy tuna melt sandwich, this is the recipe for you!
Looking for the ultimate comfort food this holiday season? Well, look no further than these White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwiches. These sandwiches are redonkulously good. I’m salivating just thinking about these ooey-gooey little bundles of melted cheesy goodness.
I love regular tuna melts but I thought it would be fun to add white beans for a nutritional boost. White beans are rich in fiber and are said to have anticancer properties. We all know cancer is a major asshole so I’m down to munch on a sandwich that might help prevent it. Stupid cancer, such an asshole.
Now, I’m not about to call these White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwiches healthy by any means. I mean, come on now, a sandwich is not healthy if it’s loaded with butter, mayo, and cheese. However, if you are going to indulge in a tuna melt, you might as well sneak in some nutrition.
Oh man, my first round of making White Bean and Basil Tuna Melts ended in chaos. Here is the story, Kieran and I are officially living downstairs again. Our upstairs Airbnb space quickly booked up for the next two months. The day I shot the sandwiches we had new guests staying with us.
I started toasting the bread for this recipe around 7 am in the morning. I was making breakfast for myself and decided I might as well get a jump start on this recipe. After I buttered the bread I popped them under the broiler for a couple minutes. Or what I thought was a couple minutes. Turns out, I forgot to set the timer! I was mentally preparing for the work that needed to be complete that day and forgot about the bread.
Kieran and I were talking in the kitchen when he suddenly asked me, this something burning? It immediately clicked that I had forgotten about the bread!! I raced to the oven and flung open the door. Smoke came pouring out of the oven as I yanked the bread out of it. Kieran raced around the kitchen to open the windows for ventilation.
But it was too late, the fire alarm went off! And you guys, we don’t have a fire alarm that simply beeps. This crazy thing beeps, talks, and yells, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE! And that’s when I heard the second alarm go off upstairs. See, to rent a room on Airbnb I had to buy 2 fire alarms that communicate with each other. When the downstairs alarm goes off, the upstairs alarm quickly follows and vice versa.
I grabbed a kitchen towel and frantically waved it upwards towards the fire alarm. After what seemed like forever, the downstairs alarm finally turned off. However, there is a 30-second delay so the upstairs alarm was still screaming, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE! At this point, our guest’s dog was upstairs barking its head off.
As an Airbnb host, I try to give my guests the best possible experience. I assume it’s best to refrain from waking up the entire household, at the buttcrack of dawn, to the most obnoxious sounding alarm in all the land. I was mortified.
Our guests called and asked if they needed to evacuate the house. I sheepishly told them the story about the bread. I apologized profusely, telling them it wasn’t my intention to wake them up like that. Luckily for me, they laughed and said they do that sort of thing all the time. Phew! Hopefully, they won’t give us a bad review.
After that experience, I craved something comforting. Thank God I had leftover bread so I could finish making White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwiches. They were just what the comforting doctor ordered.
Although I love regular tuna melt sandwiches I won’t make them without white beans again. It’s so damn good! The beans make the tuna mixture mouthwateringly creamy. They definitely add an extra satisfying oompfh to the sandwich. Oh. And the best part is you can’t taste the beans. This recipe is great if you’re trying to sneak in nutrition for your picky eaters. Serve them this cheese covered sandwich and they will be none the wiser!
The overall texture and taste of the White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwich are incredible. Like I said earlier, the tuna-bean mixture is creamy, however, the toasted bread gives the sandwich a satisfying crunch. The basil adds a hint of freshness and the capers provide a playful punch of salt. I added chili paste for a kiss of sweetness. Those components make for an outstanding sandwich. Of course, it never hurts to smoother something in cheese. Melted cheddar cheese for the win!
Quick note- even though chili paste is spicy the sandwich isn’t hot. The tuna-bean mixture and cheddar cheese diffuse the heat. However, if you’re not feeling the chili paste you don’t have to add it. You do you 🙂
This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes so you can quickly get this meal on the table to feed your starving crew.
Alright, folks, that’s a wrap on this post! If you love tuna melt I encourage you to try White Bean and Basil Tuna Melt Sandwiches. The beans add some nutritional density that’s comforting and tastes amazing. That combined with the basil adds a unique and fresh taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more! Have a great week, guys!
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