I am sharing a decades old recipe for creamed tuna on toast. This probably originated in the depression era. However, it is still just an easy, delicious, and quick meal for any day.
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Depression Era Recipe
This recipe came from the great depression era where times were tough and folks didn’t have a lot of money. Stretching those dollars as far as possible to feed your family was a necessity.
Just because the recipe is inexpensive doesn’t mean that it lacks taste. In fact, many folks still enjoy this meal and consider it a comfort food. Including me. I grew up on this meal.
This creamed tuna can be served over mashed potatoes, biscuits, buns, bread, cooked rice, or cooked pasta.
Served as a Dip?
You might even be able to serve it as a dip for chips or crackers. I think it is really that good! Bet your guests will ask you for the recipe is you served it as an appetizer!
What type of canned tuna is used?
Today, I used Starkist; however, any canned tuna will work. Additionally, I prefer the tuna packed in water rather than oil.
Creamed Tuna on Toast Options
While I grew up with the exact recipe below, some folks like to add 1/2 – 1 cup of frozen peas to this dish. If you decide to add the peas, I would add it when you add the tuna. Give everything a few minutes to warm through.
Creamed Tuna on Toast
- 1 stick Butter 1/2 Cup
- 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 3 Cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt to taste
- 1/4-1/2 Tsp. Pepper to taste
- 10 Oz. Canned Tuna packed in water 2 (5 oz. containers)
- Toasted Bread for Serving
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the flour and stir with a fork or whisk to combine. it will become like a paste.
- Add about 1/2 of the milk and stir to combine, then add the rest of the milk.
- Continue stirring until it starts to thicken. Add the salt and pepper.
- Add the tuna, liquid and all to the sauce. Stir and cook a few minutes until everything is heated through.
- Toast your bread and serve this delicious, creamy tuna over your toast.
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I hope that you liked this recipe. If you are looking for more ideas on what to make, here are a few other recipes that you may enjoy.