Here’s the tuna bake I made a week or so ago. I’m in a bit of a dish-using frenzy since I got these ones from Odgers & McClelland..! (Odgers & McClelland sent me the dishes as a gift, FYI.)
When I was a kid, tuna casserole was a big part of my life. My mum has her own secret recipe and it’s super yum. We always tussled for seconds when she made hers. It was one of my very favourite things. NOW, I make my own version of tuna casserole. I don’t have my Mum’s recipe, but I really DO like this cheesy, paprika-y version of the tuna bake.
Dishes like this have tons of room for movement in them. You could add peas or cut the cheese or go low-fat with skim milk and no cream. Have a play around and make it to suit you and your tastes or lifestyle…
Pip’s Tuna Bake
(based on the Australian Women’s Weekly recipe)
1 tbsp butter
one peeled onion
one stick of celery
1 tbsp flour
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cream
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (optional)
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
one 400g tin of corn kernels
one 425g tin of tuna in oil (drained)
1 cup of breadcrumbs (I make mine in the food processor after I blitz the celery and onion – no need to rinse the bowl because the onion/celery makes the crumbs even more delicious!)
1 tsp of paprika
How to make it
Preheat the oven to 180/360 degrees.
Blitz the onion and the celery in food processor until finely diced. (Or do this by hand)
Melt the butter in a large frypan. Saute the onion and celery until the onion softens. Add the flour and cook for a minute or so. Stir in the cream and milk. Cook until the mixture boils and begins to thicken. Take it off the heat and stir in the drained tuna, the mayo, the corn and HALF of the cheese.
Pour into a large baking dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and the rest of the cheese. Sprinkle over the paprika, some salt and freshly ground black pepper. (I like to add some fresh thyme at this point, too!)
Bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden and crunchy.
Serve with a green salad, fresh herbs, some grainy toast and slices of lemon (or a good slosh of tabasco)
Do you like tuna bake? What kinds of things did your Mum used to cook for you? (Or your Dad? Or granny?!)