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5 fancy recipes for tuna in a can

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Inventive recipes with tuna

There is nothing fancy about a plain can of tuna…that is until you give it a delicious culinary makeover. Spice up your usual boring tuna dishes with these five fabulous recipes featuring canned tuna.

Tuna Melt

Recipes featuring tuna in a can


Albacore Tuna Ball

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients:
1 (6-ounce) can solid white albacore tuna, drained, flaked
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions:
Combine tuna, cream cheese, 1/2 cup pecans, and onions in a bowl. Form mixture into a ball or log. Top with remaining pecans. Serve with fresh vegetables and crackers.

Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Tuna Melts

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 (6-ounce) can chunk light tuna, drained
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto sauce
6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, diced
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 large croissants, halved
Sun-dried tomatoes, for garnish

Directions:
Combine tuna, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mayonnaise and Parmesan in a bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Spoon mixture onto croissants and top with extra sun-dried tomatoes.

Homemade Tuna Noodle Casserole

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, divided
1 (8-ounce) package uncooked medium egg noodles
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 (6-ounce) cans solid white albacore tuna, drained, flaked
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a medium-sized baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

2. Cook egg noodles in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and reserve.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in onion, celery, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Increase heat to medium-high heat and add mushrooms. Cook 5 minutes or until the majority of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Heat 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium pot and whisk in flour until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk and cook until sauce begins to thicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5. Mix in tuna, peas, mushroom mixture and reserved noodles. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl and combine with breadcrumbs.

6. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over casserole. Top with cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Waldorf Tuna Salad

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 (6-ounce) cans chunk light tuna, drained, flaked
1 large red apple, cored, chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped dried or fresh dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 lettuce leaves
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:
Mix together tuna, apple, celery, raisins, dates and walnuts. Whisk together yogurt and mayonnaise. Toss tuna with yogurt mixture. Spoon mixture onto lettuce lined plates and top with cheese.

Tuna Bisque

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced green bell pepper
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Dash cayenne
1 (12-ounce) can tuna, drained, flaked
2 teaspoons diced pimiento or roasted red pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons sherry, optional

Directions:
1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and pepper in butter until tender.

2. Add flour and salt. Slowly whisk in milk, cheese and cayenne. Continue cooking until cheese melts and soup becomes thick.

3. Mix in tuna, pimiento and sherry, if using. Heat through, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve warm with crusty bread.

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