Friends, I’m back to share a simple yet delicious recipe for a protein-packed tuna spread that can be used in so many ways! As someone who loves spending time in the kitchen at Food and Meal whipping up nutritious bites, I’m always seeking new inspiration for easy homemade snacks and sandwiches.
When the craving for something savory strikes, this tuna spread is my go-to for its bold flavors and versatility. By combining tuna with zesty lemon juice, creamy mayo, fresh chives and a dash of pepper, it comes together in just minutes. And I love that I can spread it on crackers or stuff it into a pita or sandwich for an instant flavor boost! It makes me so happy having a protein-rich snack like this on hand to enjoy solo or share with loved ones.
So if you’re seeking a simple, nutritious spread that works for everything from parties to packable lunches, look no further! Let’s get mixing up this zesty tuna delight that I hope brings you as much joy as it does me. Grab your favorite crackers or bread and let’s get snacking, friends!
Tuna Spread Recipes
Tuna Spread with Roasted Pepper
- If using fresh red peppers, place in the oven and broil for a 4-5 minutes per side, turning with tongs. Once roasted on all sides, remove from the oven and tightly wrap in parchment to allow the steam to loosen the pepper's skin. After 10 minutes or so, the pepper should be cool enough to peel.
- Drain the canned tuna, squeezing out all excess liquid.
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor with the blade attachment, and process for a few minutes until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
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Alternative Method: Baked Tuna Spread
To prepare a delightful Baked Tuna Spread, start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, drain canned tuna and combine it with mayonnaise, sour cream, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Ensure thorough mixing for a well-combined tuna mixture. Grease a small baking dish, like an 8×8-inch dish, and transfer the tuna mixture into it. In a separate bowl, blend breadcrumbs and grated mozzarella cheese, then evenly sprinkle this mixture over the top of the tuna in the baking dish. Bake the dish in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes until the top achieves a golden brown hue, and the spread is heated through. Once baked to perfection, allow it to cool slightly before serving. Present your Baked Tuna Spread alongside your preferred choice of crackers, bread, or fresh vegetable sticks for a delectable treat.
Tips for making Tuna Spread
Through trial and a couple errors, I learned that draining the tuna well is key to prevent a watery spread. Be sure to squeeze out any excess moisture! Also, go easy on the lemon juice. A light hand prevents the spread from tasting too tart and sharp. And don’t forget the pepper! A few cracks of black pepper really make the flavors sing.
I like to play around with additions like chopped pickles, capers, or fresh dill. Feel free to get creative! No matter how you craft it, this spread always disappears fast in my household. We love it stuffed in pitas, slathered on crackers, or paired with crisp veggies for dipping. Such a versatile, protein-packed delight!
Enhance your dining experience by pairing the delectable Baked Tuna Spread with a variety of delightful dishes. For a fusion of flavors, try serving it alongside Gyoza or Karaage, providing a satisfying contrast to the richness of the tuna. Alternatively, explore Japanese culinary harmony by combining it with Sashimi or Miso Soup. For a heartier meal, consider complementing the Tuna Spread with Katsudon or Yaki Udon, adding depth to your dining affair. If you’re in the mood for a unique twist, pair it with Taco Pizza for a fusion feast that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you choose to enjoy it with a classic like Egg Salad or go for the bold flavors of Shoyu Ramen, the Baked Tuna Spread is a versatile dish that seamlessly integrates into various culinary combinations, promising a memorable and satisfying meal.