Muffin Pan Tuna Melts


Perfect for weekend lunches, or a simple weeknight dinner, making these sandwiches in a muffin tin is a fun twist on an otherwise classic creation. Your little ones will have fun measuring and mixing the ingredients to make these sandwiches with you.

Makes 12 melts; serves 4 to 6 adults or 6 to 12 children


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You’ll Need

  • 6 tablespoons (90 mL) unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 12 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed
  • 2 cans (6 ounces/170 g each) chunk white tuna packed in water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) minced celery
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) minced red onion
  • 1/3 cup (85 mL) mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) whole grain mustard
  • ½ teaspoon (2 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Fresh dill sprigs, for garnish

Prep and Cook

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly butter a standard 12-cup muffin tin with 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of the melted butter. Brush the remaining 3 tablespoons (45 mL) butter over one side of the bread slices and press the bread into the prepared muffin cups, buttered sides up.
  • In a medium bowl, break up the tuna with a fork. Stir in the celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season with salt to taste.
  • Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 mL) of the tuna mixture into each bread-lined muffin cup. Top with the Monterey Jack, dividing the cheese evenly between the 12 cups.
  • Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until the filling is hot and the cheese is bubbling. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Garnish the melts with dill sprigs and serve immediately.


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