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Grilled Tuna and Provolone Sandwiches with Salsa Verde

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Serves 4

  • by Lauren Chattman from Fine Cooking
    Issue 98

For this panini-style sandwich, steer clear of tuna packed in water; instead, choose good-quality tuna packed in olive oil.

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed and chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 thin slices provolone (about 4 oz.)
  • 4 4-inch squares focaccia (or substitute any soft roll), split in half
  • 12 oz. tuna packed in olive oil, drained well

Heat a panini or sandwich press according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (Alternatively, heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat.)

While the press is heating, combine the parsley, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, lemon juice, capers, garlic, anchovy, and a few grinds of pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.

Lay the cheese on the bottoms of the focaccia. Spoon the tuna over the cheese. Spread some of the salsa verde over the inside tops of the focaccia and put the tops on the sandwiches salsa verde side down. Brush both sides of the sandwiches with the remaining 2 tsp. oil.

Put the sandwiches on the press salsa verde side up, pull the top down, and cook until browned and crisp and the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how hot your machine is. (If using a grill pan, put a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches and cook, turning the sandwiches over once.) Carefully remove from the press and serve.

Serving Suggestions

The sandwiches go perfectly with a fragrant salad. Try Arugula and Fennel Salad with Orange and Fennel Seed Dressing and Toasted Hazelnuts.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 650; Fat (g): 39; Fat Calories (kcal): 350; Saturated Fat (g): 13; Protein (g): 42; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 18; Carbohydrates (g): 34; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Sodium (mg): 1250; Cholesterol (mg): 65; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Well, I made this for a Friday night Lenten change of pace and with the first bite felt guilty as this was definitely not a sacrifice. The amount of tuna was a bit sparse and I will use extra the next time. I made the salsa the day before so it was really easy to put together the night I served it. Looking forward to this again this week!

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