I’m not sure “a comeback” is quite accurate. That’s what social media claims is happening with the Classic Tuna Melt. I say that because I’m not sure its popularity ever went away. But perhaps it’s getting more attention these days because a lot more people are consuming canned tuna. Reddit, the aggregate of social media news, claims that references to canned tuna are up more than 60% among its nearly 19 million member food community. I’m sure it all started when the pandemic hit. We were all a bit panicked and started filling our pantries with canned foods, and tuna was flying off the shelf. Well, what better way to use up some of those cans than by making the sandwich that’s been a favorite for decades? Where its popularity all started is a bit unclear. Some references claim that The Tuna Melt was invented at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Other articles say that the popularity of the Tuna Melt was the work of Kraft Foods which wanted to prove the versatility of their Velveeta cheese. One way or the other, this ironic sandwich caught a wave of popularity and never let up. This particular recipe is for the Ultimate Tuna Melt, and trust me, it’s fully loaded. The Tuna mixture is a combination of creamy dressing, crunchy veggies and relish for sweetness. Then, two cheeses get added to mix; a slice of your favorite cheese and a shredded mozzarella. The bread? Entirely your call, but in order to make it Ultimate, you’ve got to spread mayonnaise on both sides of the bread, which adds a rich flavor and a beautiful deep golden brown crust. This month is National Sandwich Month! This one’s in the can!
They’re as popular…maybe even more so, than their home furnishings!
Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs are Iconic! And, since the Euro furniture store posted the recipe on Twitter about a month ago, the internet has been obsessing over it.
Ikea released the recipe during the novel corona virus pandemic because, according to food a manager of IKEA U.K., “We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative.”
So now you can get your meatball fix anytime you like! The meatball recipe is pretty simple. It’s very similar to an Italian meatball. The cream sauce (or gravy) is a breeze, too, although I was surprised that it included two ingredients I would not have expected; Dijon mustard and soy sauce (which accounts for its silky golden brown color.) As the directions point out, you’ll want to chill the meatballs in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before browning them in a skillet so they won’t fall apart. Yes, they’re that delicate!
So while you’re waiting for your favorite flat pack furniture store to open back up again, you can have a little taste of IKEA for dinner tonight!
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If you love main dish salads, this is one to try! The tasty fixins’ like chopped crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs and candied pecans all add to this hearty plateful of goodness, but I think it’s the dressing that really makes the meal! The sweet and tangy mixture in this dressing is a family favorite and one that we’ve used on spinach salads for years! I’ve changed things up a bit for this bountiful meal. I’ve added spring mix to the spinach greens, and I’ve accompanied the greens with a beautifully pan-grilled Flat Iron steak, cooked medium rare and sliced into strips. If you prefer grilled chicken on the side, it will be just as delicious! Secret! There is one important tip in tossing this salad. Add the dressing at the very last minute, right before you’re ready to serve it up. Also, instead of pouring the dressing directly over the greens, spoon the dressing along the inside of the bowl and let the dressing ooze down the sides. Then, give it a gentle toss. This is to keep the greens from getting soggy. If you decide that you don’t want to make this salad a main dish, it makes a savory side salad for just about any entrée. Make up a double or even triple batch of this liquid gold dressing, refrigerate, and then you’ll have it on hand for the next couple of few weeks!
Watch my How To Video for Steak Salad with Dijon Dressing here!