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I love a good tuna melt, but I needed to make this low carb and lose the bread. SO I came up with these simple Keto Tuna Melts pockets.
It’s just mozzarella cheese melted in a way to hold the tuna salad. Then a quick broil to seal the edges.
To Relish or Not?
I really love sweet relish in my tuna. And because I’m not having the bread I felt that this was my compromise. I know they make sugar free relish, but I couldn’t find any at the supermarket.
When it really came down to it my Keto Tuna Melts had such a tiny amount of relish that it doesn’t severely affect the carb count. And because it works for me, I had to add the relish for taste.
You can omit the relish and the american cheese if you really wanted to be super duper keto strict. Please do what works for you.
You must use parchment paper….there is no other way around that I know of. I suppose you could use a silpat too, but parchment paper makes the cheese melting and folding a breeze.
Plus, the parchment paper makes the clean up of your keto tuna melts a breeze. You can even wrap your let over little pockets in the parchment paper. Then store in the fridge.
This recipe calls for 6 slices of cheese and one can of tuna, but you could double or even triple this recipe to take you through the week. These Keto Tuna Melts are great on the go and to pack in work lunches.
I would not freeze these guys, but I imagine they would stay fresh in the fridge for several days at a time. Then simply pack several triangles for work of school lunches.
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One thin I love about these Keto Tuna Melts is that I always have all the ingredients in my kitchen. Can a tuna, some mayo, slices of cheese…I always have these items on hand.
Even if I don’t have celery or onion I can still make this great little meal. Pair it with a salad or just on their own, these Keto Tuna Melts might just be my new fast food.
I’d be careful reheating these Keto Tuna Melts. You may be able to carefully reheat in a toaster oven. Microwave might be a too intense for reheating. I’d be careful to over heat because you don’t want a big sloppy mess.
- 1 can tuna packed in water drained
- 1 tbsp mayo
- 1 tbsp onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp celery finely chopped
- 1 tsp relish optional
- 6 slices mozzarella cheese
- 1 slice American cheese
- Preheat oven to 350*. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place mozzarella slices onto the parchment paper and place baking sheet in oven for about 5 minutes or until bubbly and melted. Remove from oven and set aside on kitchen counter to cool.
- In a small bowl mix together the drained tuna, mayo celery and onion. And add the relish if you are using. Using a fork mix all ingredients completely together.
- Turn your oven to broil.
- Place about a tbsp of the tuna salad onto a corner of the melted mozzarella cheese squares. Cut the single american cheese slice into 6 pieces and place ⅙ of the american cheese on top of the divided tuna salad.
- Fold the melted mozzarella square over the tuna salad to create a triangle. Press all the edges together making sure the cheese edge has the chance to melt together and make a pocket.
- Place baking sheet into the broiler for one minute only. Check on your Tuna Melts and watch until the cheese is starting to brown and seal with the bottom cheese.
- Pull from the oven and let cool on the kitchen counter. Cool the Tuna Melts to luke warm and transfer them to a plate and serve.
- These Tuna Melts are best completely cooled and stored in the fridge. Great keto finger foods and food on the go.
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