Friday, October 7, 2011

Breaking the rules "No Cheese on Fish" - Tuna Salad Grilled Cheese

My long-lost Sicilian Grandmother would put the evil eye on me for this one... One of the most well known "rules" of Italian food culture that was drilled into my head was "No Cheese on Fish" - this grilled cheese sandwich thumbs its nose at this rule. Take a standard grilled cheese sandwich (in this case wheat bread, with white american cheese) and add a little tuna salad, and you have a messy (in a good way) sandwich that flys in the face of tradition.

My tuna salad is standard canned tuna with a little mayonnaise. I add a small pinch of cayenne pepper to wake things up a little, and a good dose of dill weed - the combination really brings out the briny, seawater flavors hiding in that usually boring can of tuna. The mayo and the cheese meld together into something thick and sloppy, but tasty. No cheese on fish indeed! The richness of the cheese balances the ocean brine flavor in a pleasing way. Proof that "rules" are best regarded as "guidelines" rather than as gospel!

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