How to turn a tuna sandwich into a pirate ship

Take your child’s sandwich from ho-hum to yo-ho-ho in under 15 minutes. These pirate ship sandwiches are a certain hit for dinner.

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With the help of some toothpicks and a barbecue skewer, it’s easy to turn basic sandwich ingredients into a cute pirate ship sandwich.

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Start by filling a hoagie roll with tuna salad.

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Then use a wooden barbecue skewer, broken in half, as the mast for a slice of cheese. Flexible cheeses work best for this. If your cheese is a little stiff, then you might want to do this step last.

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To make the pirates, poke a toothpick through 2 olives. Remove the pimento from a third olive, and place it on top for a hat.

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Wrap a piece of turkey around the bottom olive, and then poke the pirate into the tuna salad. Repeat for the second pirate.

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Slice another olive or 2 to make portholes on 1 side of the ship. Use a little dab of cream cheese to stick each of them to the bread.

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Pirate ship tuna sandwich recipe

Yields 1

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 hoagie roll
  • 1 small can tuna, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 slice cheese of your choice
  • 8 green olives with pimentos
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese
  • 1 wooden barbecue skewer
  • 2 toothpicks


  1. If the hoagie roll is not already cut, then slice open the seam, and place the roll with the opening pointing upward.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, celery, pickle, salt and pepper.
  3. Fill the roll with the tuna salad. (You will have leftover tuna salad.)
  4. Break the barbecue skewer in half, and poke it through the slice of cheese in 2 places. Insert the broken end of the skewer into the tuna salad.
  5. Poke a toothpick through 2 olives from end to end. Remove the pimento from a third olive, and spread it out on the tip of the top olive.
  6. Wrap a slice of turkey around the bottom olive, and place your pirate into the tuna salad. Repeat for a second pirate.
  7. Slice an olive or 2 to make 4 portholes. Apply a dab of cream cheese in 4 spots on 1 side of the roll, and stick the portholes onto the cream cheese dots.

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