Toaster Oven Avocado Tuna Melts

written by Julie Cohn

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Have you seen the temperatures here in Arizona lately?  Last week, we broke records and it was 117 degrees!   Let that sink in for a moment, okay?  1-1-7 degrees!  As much as I’d like to sit around and eat ice cream all day, ice cream is not a practical (or nutritious) option for family meals.  When it is this hot, I don’t want to use my regular oven and heat up the house, and there are just so many cold salads my family will tolerate before they say enough is enough!!  What is a busy mom to do?!?  It’s Toaster Oven Avocado Tuna Melts to the rescue!  These delicious tuna melts are toasted in a toaster oven, specifically the Panasonic FlashExpress toaster oven, keeping mealtime cool in more ways than one.

{I sampled a FlashXpress toaster oven, but this recipe and opinions are 100% my own.}

Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven

The Panasonic FlashXpress is a small but mighty toaster oven with double infrared heating, so food cooks evenly on both sides.  It offers six pre-set buttons for cooking traditional toaster oven foods such as waffles, pizza, and toast, but has additional settings for hash browns, rolls, and quick reheat.  The temperature can be set from 200 – 500 degrees, so it can cook a variety of foods, and has a digital timer, which can be set for up to 25 minutes.

The Panasonix FlashXpress is more narrow than my old toaster oven, so I worried about the size, but it comes with a 9″ cooking/crumb tray, which provides plenty of space for cooking. I can also easily fit a 9″ baking or pie pan in it.  I won’t be able to cook a turkey in it, but was able to fit four pieces of bread with no problem…and let’s be honest…who wants to cook a turkey in a toaster oven anyway, right?  (Don’t answer that.)  A (bright) internal light remains on during cooking, so I can make sure my food doesn’t get burnt. (As if that would ever happen!) The Panasonic FlashXpress lives up to its name in more ways than one–not only does it cook food fast and evenly, it is a “flash” to clean up.  Although the toaster oven puts off a little heat while cooking, it cools down quickly and did not heat up the kitchen.  I think the Panasonic FlashXpress and I are going to be very good friends this summer!

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Toaster Oven Avocado Tuna Melts

  • 4-6 pieces of bread
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 (6 oz) cans of Light Tuna, drained (I use Wild Planet tuna)
  • 1/2 c. Mayonnaise
  • 1 Stalk Celery, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 2 Stalks Scallion (Green Onion), cleaned and chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp. Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1 Avocado, pitted and peeled
  • Slices of Cheese (Swiss of Cheddar)

Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees. Butter one side of each of the slices of bread.  Mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, celery, scallion, and sweet pickle relish.

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Chop the avocado into small pieces then blend into the tuna mixture.

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Scoop 1/4 of the tuna mixture onto 3-4 slices of bread (the non-buttered side), and spread evenly over the bread.  Place a slice of Swiss or cheddar cheese on the tuna mixture, then place the other piece of bread on top, with the butter side facing up.  Place the tuna melt sandwiches on a baking pan and bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

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Remove the sandwiches from the toaster oven and serve immediately.   These Avocado Tuna Melts make a tasty meal for lunch or dinner.

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For more information about the Panasonic FlashXPress, please visit the Panasonic website.

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1 comment

Mary Frances 08/26/2015 at 7:16 am

Sounds like you could have cooked the tuna melt on your porch in that heat, Julie! Looks delicious 🙂


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