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Food & Drink Got Thousands Of Tins Of Tuna In Your Cupboards? Well, Now's The Time To Turn Them Into Fancy AF Meals

23:10  05 august  2020
23:10  05 august  2020 Source:   delish.com

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a bowl of food on a plate: Here are five tinned tuna recipes that are more than just tuna pasta bakes or tuna mayo baked potatoes. © Hearst Owned Here are five tinned tuna recipes that are more than just tuna pasta bakes or tuna mayo baked potatoes.

Is it just us, or is your store-cupboard bursting with tinned goods right now? Maybe it's baked beans, maybe it's chickpeas, or maybe it's good old tuna.

If you've got 208 tins of tuna testing your cupboard shelves' staying power, you're probably thinking of having yourself a tuna mayo baked potato for lunch. Or if you're feeling really adventurous, a tuna pasta bake is probably on tonight's menu. But tinned tuna deserves so much more than that (saying that, our tuna pasta bake is incredible. There are crisps in it. CRISPS!?). Tuna is a truly versatile ingredient and there are tonnes of exciting things that can be done with it, so don't settle for another substandard tuna dish.

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Here are five tuna recipes to take your working-from-home lunches up a gear, or impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.

TUNA NIÇOISE PASTA SALAD RECIPE

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Tuna niçoise pasta salad ingredients (serves 4):

  • 2 tins of tuna, drained
  • 250g pasta
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces, sliced
  • 150g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 8 black olives, sliced
  • Dressing of your choice

You can also add:

  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 pepper, sliced

What to do:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the pack instructions. Once cooked, leave to cool (you can run cold water over it to speed things up).
  2. Stir-fry your green beans over a medium-high heat until they are softened and have a nice colour to them.
  3. Hard boil your eggs, then peel and quarter each one.
  4. Now it's assembly time. In a large bowl, mix the tuna, pasta, green beans, lettuce, red onion, black olives, plus the cherry tomatoes and peppers, if using them.
  5. Add your dressing and season with salt and pepper before giving the whole lot a good toss.
  6. Split between four bowls and serve with a hard boiled egg.

THAI TUNA FISHCAKES RECIPE

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Thai tuna fishcakes ingredients (makes 4 fishcakes):

  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste (red curry paste works well too)
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 100g breadcrumbs (homemade or shop-bought)
  • 1 egg
  • Sunflower oil for frying

You can also add:

  • A handful of coriander, chopped
  • Sweet chilli dipping sauce

What to do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the tuna, mashed potato, spring onion, Thai green curry paste, the juice of half a lime, plus some chopped coriander, if using. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Shape the mixture into four fishcakes.
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, beat the egg. Now carefully dip each fishcake in the egg then the breadcrumb mixture; making sure both sides and the edges are totally covered.
  4. Refrigerate the fishcakes for 20minutes.
  5. Place sunflower oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry the fishcakes for around 4 - 5 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  6. Serve garnished with coriander, if using, alongside the lime wedges and the sweet chilli dipping sauce.

CURRIED TUNA BAKED SWEET POTATO RECIPE

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Curried tuna baked sweet potato ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Squeeze of lime juice

You can also add:

  • A handful of coriander, chopped

What to do:

  1. First up, it's time to bake your sweet potato. Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC. On a baking tray, prick the sweet potato all over with a fork. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, make your curried tuna mayo by mixing the tuna, curry powder, mayonnaise and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the sweet potato is cooked, split the top open and top with the curried tuna mayo.
  4. Serve garnished with chopped coriander, if using.

TUNA 'CLUB' SANDWICH RECIPE

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Tuna 'club' sandwich ingredients (makes 1 sandwich):

  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 3 slices of bread (tiger loaf works well)
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 4 slices of Emmental cheese
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Handful of sliced lettuce

You can also add:

  • 2 gherkins, sliced

What to do:

  1. Lightly toast your bread and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, make your tuna mayo by mixing the tuna, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Now it's time to make the sandwich. Start by spreading half of the the tuna mayo onto the first piece of toasted bread. Top with the gherkins, if using, and the Emmental cheese. Place the second piece of toasted bread on top.
  4. Next, spread the rest of the tuna mayo on the top of the second piece of bread, before layering with tomatoes and lettuce. Top with the third piece of bread (you can spread this with some mayonnaise to help it stick).
  5. Cut in half and serve with your favourite crisps.

CREAMY TUNA TAGLIATELLE RECIPE

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Creamy tuna tagliatelle ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 200g tagliatelle pasta
  • 100ml single cream

You can also add:

  • 50g frozen peas

What to do:

  1. Cook your tagliatelle according to the pack instructions. Just before the pasta is cooked, add the frozen peas, if using, and continue to cook until the peas and the pasta are both cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, place a pan over a low heat and add the tuna and single cream and warm through; stirring continuously. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the pasta and peas, and stir through the creamy tuna sauce.
  4. Split between two bowls, and serve with salad.

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