Make lunch time extra special with these hot and cheesy sandwiches. This old fashioned tuna melt recipe is comfort food from the good ol’ days!
Your family will think you are the best thing since sliced cheese when you pull a bunstead tuna melt sandwich in tinfoil out of the oven.
My Grandma Jennie introduced these to me when I was in college, and my sister reminded me of them just the other day.
These hot and cheesy sandwiches can be baked in the oven wrapped in foil, or broiled open faced for a quicker option. They can even be frozen ahead if you’d like!
How to Make Bunstead Tuna Melt Sandwiches in Tinfoil Recipe
(straight from Grandma Jennie’s recipe box)
Ingredients you’ll need for this delicious lunch idea:
- 1 7-oz. can tuna, drained and rinsed
- 3 hard boiled eggs, cubed
- 1 cup cubed cheese (I like cheddar in these)
- 2 Tablespoons diced onions
- 3 Tablespoons diced peppers- any color
- 1 Tablespoon diced sweet pickles (I omit these since I don’t like them.;))
- 1/2 cup miracle whip or mayonnaise
- salt & pepper to taste
- 8 buns
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Step 2: Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons filling into a bun.
You can use hot dog buns, small Italian buns, or dinner buns.
Step 3: Wrap up each sandwich individually in a piece of tin foil.
I lay each sandwich diagonally in the middle of a square piece of aluminum foil. Then, I fold each corner to the middle with all the points on the top. It makes a nice, tightly sealed sandwich package.
Step 4: Place in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes – or until cheese is melted.
To freeze ahead:
Place all wrapped sandwiches in the freezer until you’d like to use them. To bake from frozen, place in the oven directly from the freezer and let them bake while the oven is preheating to 350. Leave them in the oven for about 30-45 minutes. (Times may vary depending on your oven, so check them periodically throughout the baking time.)
Another baking option:
This recipe also works well if you’d like to quickly make open faced tuna melt sandwiches. To do so, simply spread filling on a piece of bread or one side of a bun. Place on an oven safe baking pan, move your oven rack to the top of the oven, and put your oven setting on the “broil” setting.
Keep an eye on the melting sandwich, as broiling tends to go very quickly! Broiling times vary based on ovens, but it won’t take long – probably 2-4 minutes. The sandwich will be done when the cheese is melted and the filling and bread are just starting to turn brown.
Want some more Old-fashioned recipes?
I love sentimental recipes from years gone by! Here are some more recipes that have stood the test of time:
- This Old Fashioned Blackberry Jam recipe has no pectin and can be customized to whatever amount of fresh blackberries you have.
- Grandma Bernice’s Strawberry Pie with Jello
- Homemade pudding in the microwave
- How to can apple juice that is clear
- Chocolate Marshmallow Roll
- Easy Biscuits