Tonight was one of those rush around nights that occur all too often during the week. I left work late, stopped at the grocery store, about fell over when the groceries were tallied up, got home, put the groceries away, and then realized that American Idol was starting and I hadn't made dinner yet. Ugh. I needed something quick! Sometimes the best ideas come out of times like these....I don't over think, I just throw it together.
If you read my last post, you will remember that I received a great box of Saucy Mama mustards and sauces in order to create some recipes for the Saucy Mama Fabulous with Five contest. I was so quick to post the first recipe, that I really didn't explain too much about the contest. Fabulous with Five means that I have just five ingredients to work with...including a Saucy Mama item. Not an easy concept for me. We were given a couple of freebies...oil, salt and pepper, but nothing more. Just five ingredients. Just five.
Tonight, dinner came together very quickly. Here is what I came up with:
Saucy Sante Fe Chipotle Tuna Melts
1 (6.4 oz) envelope Albacore Tuna
1/3 cup chopped Roasted Red Peppers (from a jar is fine)
1/3 cup Saucy Mama Sante Fe Creamy Chipotle Dressing
1/2 cup shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (you can sub shredded Cheddar)
salt and pepper to taste (no extra salt for us, but I used a dash of pepper)
3 English Muffins, split
Mix the tuna, peppers, dressing and cheese together in a medium bowl. Place the English Muffin halves on a baking sheet. Spread about 1/4 cup tuna over the top of each muffin half. Position the oven rack about 6 inches under the broiler; broil the sandwiches for 5-6 minutes, or until browned and bubbly. Makes 6 open faced sandwiches.
This dressing is amazing. The seasoning is outstanding...I added a little pepper because that's what I do, but the tuna mixture didn't need any additional salt. It's not too spicy, just a nice smooth taste.
Now, don't go thinking I'm all through with my Saucy Mama ideas (it has occurred to me that I really like saying Saucy Mama). There are still a few tasty mustards and a really good looking Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing that I need to put to good use. And don't forget, you can win your own box of Saucy Mama condiments. Just visit my first recipe, Tri-Tip Hoagies with Sweet Heat Slaw, and leave a comment. You have until May 22nd to enter. Details are on the blog post.