This is an oven sandwich that I used to make often for my kids when they were growing up. They're delicious, simple to make and they use ingredients I normally have in my larder. So they are a bit of a store cupboard meal. Also if you use low fat cheese and mayonnaise, they are not that unhealthy. Especially if you serve them with some vegetable sticks or salad on the side.
Also I would only use tuna in spring water for this, not brine or olive oil, and I'll let you in on a little secret . . . when I was a very young woman and grocery shopping one day, an old Italian woman told me (as I was perusing the tuna shelf) to never buy anything but Albacore Tuna. She said the rest was garbage. I picked up a can of the albacore and I have to say she was right. There is no comparison.
This is a case where you really do get what you pay for and in this case it is worth the extra pennies to buy albacore. This same woman also told me that carrots with a blunt rounded end were sweeter, and she was right about that as well. These old cooks . . . they know what they are talking about.
This is one of those recipes where you will find that the basic filling is really tasty, but it's also not hard to charge it up and adapt according to what you have on hand and like. Try adding some chopped celery for extra crunch, or chopped green or black olives. All are very good.
It's one case where you will find that one tin of tuna will feed the whole family, quite satisfactorily and all will enjoy . . . and there are not too many things that you can say that about. (You will find that the tins of Albacore Tuna, actually have more tuna in them and less water, so you are really getting value for money spent in the long run.) Enjoy!
*Tuna Tug Boats*Makes 4
(again I use the low fat)
4 hot dog buns, split open4 TBS of grated strong cheddar cheese to finish
Todd had his with Dusty Fries . . . simply oven chips dusted with some garlic and onion powders, paprika and a bit of Parmesan Cheese before baking. I had a nice salad with mine.