When you hear the words “Tuna Casserole” do you have visions of monochromatic glop, school cafeteria style? Slimy noodles and some sort of milky-fishy substance. Gross. Who needs that?!
Had a mess of people over the other day–some crafty mommies all trying to get our children to make some meaningful Christmas gifts. It was getting late and everyone was hungry, so I whipped up some tuna casserole. I know everyone was a bit suspicious. Maybe they could just stop at Taco Bell on the way home…..
But, surprise, surprise! They loved it! And we just got an email asking for the recipe. So, we are happy to share our special tuna casserole recipe with you! It’s a nice winter food, coming bubbling and cheesy out of the oven!
(For my large family, I double or sometimes even triple this!)
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
3 Tablespoons flour
1 2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
10 oz. canned tuna
In a pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Saute onions and bell pepper until soft. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until well blended and coated. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly until thickened.
Add the tuna, salt and pepper and stir until combine. Add the lemon juice and give a gentle stir.
Pour everything into a buttered 9×13 baking dish.
Now make the cheese rolls.
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
1/2 teaspoon dill
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded cheese (I just use whatever I have on hand)
Stir together all the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembled coarse crumbs.
Add the milk and stir to form a soft dough. Toss lightly on a floured board until smooth. (Just until smooth. Do not over handle it!)
Roll out into a 8×12 inch rectangle.
Top with cheese and roll it up as you would a jelly roll. Cut into 1 inch slices and place on the tuna casserole ring up so you can see the pretty swirl.
Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until rolls are fully cooked and golden.