Creamed Tuna on Toast -- WHAT??

Debbie Quimby Recipe

By Debbie Quimby quimster


I will admit, there is absolutely nothing about this recipe that made sense to me growing up, other than I really liked it. Mama made it often as a way to stretch a dollar.

But, Mama also told us that you shouldn't drink milk with fish. So when I found out she used milk to make this for us, I had some moments of uncertainty ... was my saint of a mother trying to get rid of me?? LOL!

Bottom line, it always reminds me of home and four hungry kids whose mom always served up dishes made with lots of love!

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1 stick
butter or margarine
2 Tbsp
1 1/2 c
1 can(s)
tuna, drained
bread, toasted

Directions Step-By-Step

Melt margarine or butter in a skillet over medium to low heat (don't burn the butter). Add flour and brown to make a light roux.
Stir in the milk to make a gravy, stirring to keep from sticking until it reaches desired thickness.
Add the tuna, stir, and heat well.
Toast bread until lightly browned (no butter, just plain toast) and serve tuna over the toast.

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carlita epperson ittldo
Jan 17, 2013
I know this is good because I make a similar dish sometimes for my lunch. I mix a can of cream of mushroom soup in a sauce pan with a can of undrained tuna, water or oil packed. stir well & add half a soup can of milk. Heat on medium & pour over buttered toast or add butter to the sauce pan. sometimes I add black pepper, onion or garlic salt.
Debbie Quimby quimster
Jan 17, 2013
Sounds great, Carlita. I'll have to try your version.
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Jan 18, 2013
I grew up eating creamed tuna on toast!! Love it!
Brittney Eury AuntBeaBea
Jan 19, 2013
This reminds me of my tuna noodle casserole. I bet it is good :)
Jan 19, 2013
This one of my "GO TO" meals when I'm really busy. I cut down on the milk and add a can of peas with about 1/2 the juice.I have never befor seen this in print.

Susan Coakley stick55
Jan 20, 2013
I make this too, I always add a can of drained peas,just like my Mom did
Leslie Krusinski diddy
Jan 20, 2013
Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing this! I remember my mother making this for us on Friday nights when I was a young girl growing up in the fifties in Queens, New York! I always loved it and gobbled it down right away. The only problem was that she served it with canned peas, the only kind we ever had back then. I hated those peas with a passion and would push them all around my plate for as long as I could. Of course, in those days I was not permitted to leave the table until I was "excused" and that wasn't until everything on my plate was finished and my mom thought I was grateful enough that I had peas on my plate considering all the starving children in China! Fortunately, when I was older she discovered fresh peas, which I adore. To this day, when I think of Creamed Tuna on Toast, I can still hear her say, "Eat your peas. Eat your peas!" Now I can't wait to make it again!
Donna Carstensen Wollan DonnaWollan
Jan 20, 2013
So why can't you drink milk, when you have fish? is it a kosher/dietary law or something?
Debbie Quimby quimster
Jan 20, 2013
Donna, it was one of those old wives tales that we grew up with, handed down from mom to kids. I stopped it with my kids, gave them milk with their fish. Didn't hurt them a bit, ha!
Paula McComas PollyPurebred
Mar 16, 2013
This reminds me of 'SOS' (made with chipped beef). It was a staple in the army and Dad made sure Mom made it from time to time.