Tuna Delight

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  • Melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add flour, stir to a smooth consistency.
  • Then, slowly add milk, stirring to eliminate lumps.
  • Continue adding milk, a little at a time, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the tuna.
  • Heat gently over medium-low heat until it is warmed throughout.
  • Ladle on top of toast.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. This is very good and very easy to make. But the recipe doesn'st specify the quantity of milk and tuna. I found that too much milk spoiled the dish. The first time I made this I used too much milk to the amount of tuna, and it ran everywhere. My suggested ratio is no more than half a cup of milk to 185 grams (about 6 ozs) of tuna. A variation you can try is to add some finely chopped onions to the butter, brown them until they are soft, then add the flour and carry on with the recipe. Just a little different in taste.
  2. One of my favorite "comfort foods". Great on toasted english muffins with the addition of grated cheese. Thanks for reminding me of a quick meal that I love.
  3. Years ago, my Mom used to make this for us at lunch. We loved it. Hadn't thought about it in years, but I was looking for a quick and easy after work recipe with tuna for just the two of us. This was it. Thanks for posting it and reminding me that sometimes the simple things are the best.
  4. Very nice, considering its simplicity, but the recipe as given is incomplete. My rating is for the end-product, having taken advice from Sandra Hyde (one of the other reviewers), not for the recipe which could definitely be improved with a little more detail in the ingredients. With ~1/4 cup (margarine) and ~2.5 tbs flour, I used one cup (~250 ml) of milk and two tins of tuna (net weight 185 g; drained 130 g each) and four slices of bread. There was enough to cover six slices of toast, but it also fitted more or less on four.
  5. Creamed tuna and peas on toast was a favorite comfort food for me. Mom made this all the time when I was a kid. She could have added the can of drained peas to stretch it to feed all us kids, but we loved it that way! Moms are so smart like that!! Thanks for the reminder, I haven't had it in a very long time.


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