Spicy Tuna Melt Recipe with Chardonnay Wine Pairing

Spicy Tuna Melt pictureSpicy Tuna Melt

Spice it up this Spring

Yes, it’s still cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the heat. Warm up with your favourite sweater and glass of wine to melt away the last of your winter worries.

Maximize your “me time” with a simple yet delicious tuna melt. A childhood classic that will take you back to the days of sticky hands and messy faces.

My favourite version is the Spicy Tuna Melt, a modern twist on this much-loved sandwich. Toast some multi-grain bread and top it with a mix of tuna, peppers, and red grapes, finish it off with melted Canadian Swiss Cheese, for the perfect hint of mild, nutty, sweetness. It’s a pleasure to make and even more of a pleasure to eat.

Just remember, nothing says “me-time” more than a little bite of Canadian cheese. Best paired with a nice glass of wine.

I suggest Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012; a local luxury straight from the vineyards of Niagara.  Notes of green apple and peach give the 2012 vintage a rare depth and freshness to balance out the heaviness typical in Chardonnays that pairs well with fish dishes. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye winter, hello spring.

Spicy Tuna Melt Recipe

Ingredients:Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay

12 small slices of crusty multi-grain bread
8 oz (225 g) Canadian Swiss cheese, grated
1 cup (250 mL) red grapes, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup (125 mL) pickled banana pepper rings
2 cans (6 oz – 180 g each) tuna packed in water, drained
Freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).

Place slices of bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place some cheese on each slice of bread.

Place equal amounts of the remaining ingredients on each slice and cover with the remaining cheese.

Cook for 10 minutes in the oven or until cheese is melted. Serve with a green salad.

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Mozzarella, Gouda, Cheddar.

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