Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ranch Tuna Melt with Starkist Creations

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Starkist sent over a few packs of their Tuna Creations line to checkout during the Lenten upon us along with a couple of recipes to try out.

The first one is a BLT&T.  Depending on what you have given up for Lent, this may or may not work for you, though it would be easy to skip the bacon.

1 pouch (2.6oz) StarKist Ranch Tuna Creations®
2 slices of toasted white bread (or tortilla)
1 piece leafy green lettuce
1 slice tomato
1 slice crispy bacon

Place wrap or bread on plate.
Top ½ of the tortilla or one slice of bread with lettuce, tomato and bacon.
Spoon tuna over top of bacon and close wrap or top with second slice of bread.

The second recipe is a Bolder Burger.  I've not had a chance to make this one yet, but it is on the to-do list.

2 pouches (2.6 oz) StarKist Tuna Creations®, Herb & Garlic
½ cup bread crumbs, divided in half
½ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. non-fat ranch salad dressing
2 Tbsp. egg substitute
2 – 3 green onions, sliced
1 Tbsp. Canola Oil

Mix tuna, ¼ cup bread crumbs, cheese, dressing, egg substitute, and onion in a medium bowl. Mix well.  Form into two large patties (or 8 small ones); Place remaining ¼ cup bread crumbs on a plate.  Coat each side of tuna patties with bread crumbs.  Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Cook patties 3 – 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

I ran to the store to pick up the ingredients to make the BLT&T (minus the bacon), and some how managed to forget to grab tomatoes. I dug around my refrigerator a decided to work up a quick Ranch Tuna Melt with my little toaster oven.

1 pouch (2.6oz) StarKist Ranch Tuna Creations®
4 slices of bread
Shredded Cheese
Mayonnaise optional


Lightly toast 4 pieces bread.  Place 2 pieces of toast on toaster oven sheet, and spread 1/2 pouch tuna on each slice.  Top each slice with some shredded cheese.  Set toaster to broil, and let broil for 3-5 minutes, just long enough to melt cheese and slightly warm up tuna.  If you want, spread mayonnaise on remaining toast before placing on top of Tuna Melt.  My family devoured these sandwiches.  I loved how easy it was to make since all the flavor was already in the tuna.

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