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Two of My Favorite Tuna Recipes

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Favorite Tuna RecipesMy late mother made tuna a regular part of our family’s meal rotation. One was an entree, what we call in Minnesota a “hotdish.”

Her recipe called for two cans of tuna, drained, stirred into a  can of cream of mushroom soup simmering in a sauce pan.

It was plated by ladling it piping hot over crunchy “Chinese noodles.”

We affectionally called the dish (polite version) “tuna stuff.”

Tuna melts entered the scene as we got older, and she followed a pretty standard recipe. As we children got older, we all adapted our own variations to our individual tastes.

My long term tuna melt recipe is to take two cans of solid  white in water, drain, break up with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add in 1 T of mayo, and 1 of yellow mustard.

My mom would add in diced dill pickles or celery for crunch. I’ve elevated it to used diced quality Kalamata olives. On white toast,  covered with your favorite cheese, under the broiler til the cheese is bubbling. I like mine when the cheese takes on a  little burn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Tuna Recipes

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Home Cookin’ – Stouffer’s “S.O.S”

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Stouffer's Creamed Chipped BeefI’m generally thought to be a fairly good internet researcher, tho I have not been able to come up with the origin of “SOS” or “Shit on a Shingle” as it was referred to by generations of US armed service employees.  (A more polite version of the abbreviation might be “Stuff on a shingle’ or “Same old stuff.”)

A common description for chipped beef in a cream sauce, served over toast, “SOS” is thought to have been created in the Southern United States prior to 1900 as a way of extending leftovers.  It may be a variant of sausage gravy.  The Stouffer’s package describes it as “tender strips of dried beef in a seasoned creamy sauce.”

Variations on the dish may include using ground beef in lieu of chipped beef.

What is chipped beef?  Hormel used to describe their own version of this as “an air-dried product that is similar to bresaola, but not as tasty.”

The meat is swimming in a white sauce, and served over toast, generally as a breakfast dish.  It used to be a standard in diners, but is difficult to find these days.  Chain restaurants have replaced it with sausage gravy, for the most part.

It is generally very salty, and Stouffer’s version (a boiling bag product) has a half-day’s RDA of sodium in a serving.

In my memory, we were never served this at home when I was growing up, but we did frequently have jars of the Hormel processed meat product in the pantry.  I’m not really sure what for.

Stouffer’s instructions tell you to place the sealed pouch in boiling water for 18 minutes; alternatively, you may elect to pierce the pouch, place it in a bowl, and microwave for 9 minutes.   Open pouch, pour over toast.

I’ve always had a fondness for this dish, probably because (some would say) I’m addicted to salt.

Regardless of my motivation, I picked up a packet of it recently, and enjoyed it last nite.

If you’re inclined to make it at home, from scratch, here’s a recipe that serves 60, from the 1910 edition of “Manual for Army Cooks.”

Stouffer's Creamed Chipped Beef

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