Tuna Essentials: Crunchy Cheddar Tuna, on a Bagel
Andy Anderson !
But sometimes, I crave that cheesy taste, on a cold, not hot, tuna sandwich. And, for an added boost, I wanted a bit of a crunch. So, I added some crushed homemade Cheese It crackers.
FYI: You should be able to get two sandwiches out of this recipe.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
5 oztuna, water packed, 1 standard can
2 Tbspmayonnaise, plain variety
1 Tbspcheddar powder, i prefer hoosier hill farm brand
1 Tbsppickle relish, i prefer dill
1 - 2 tspyellow mustard, i prefer, french’s, or homemade
·salt, kosher variety, to taste
·white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
8 - 10cheese it crackers, homemade, if possible, ground
1egg bagel, sliced and toasted
How to Make Tuna Essentials: Crunchy Cheddar Tuna, on a Bagel
- The tuna you use should be water, not oil packed.
My absolute favorite brand of tuna is Wild Planet. Wild Planet tuna is a delicious, healthy way to enjoy tuna straight from the can. Available in Albacore or Skipjack, it is cooked just once in the can, so it retains all of its natural juices and Omega 3 oils, and is packed in cans with no added water or oil. The tuna are caught one at a time by pole and line and trolling; these methods catch only smaller migratory fish, that are lower in mercury.
- I make my own Cheese It brand crackers for the express purpose of using as a breading for things like chicken, fish, or for recipes like this one. There are, of course, other brands of cheese crackers besides Cheese It, and each one has varying amount of “cheese” taste.
The reason I make my own is I do not use any preservatives, so they are healthier, and I get to control how “cheesy” they are. My crackers have more of a cheese kick, the most store-bought brands.
At least, that is my story, and I am sticking to it.
- Although my tastes run more to mayonnaise, many folks prefer Miracle Whip in their tuna. If that is the case, simply substitute an equal amount of Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise. If you are looking for the gold standard of mayonnaise, most Southerners would point you to Duke’s. It is hard to find up in the Northern part of the country, but that is what Amazon Market is for :-)
- Chef’s Note: Why add the crackers at the last minute before serving? The crackers will remain nice and crunchy for about an hour. After that they will begin absorbing the moisture from the tuna, and become soggy. That does not change the flavor of the sandwich, but you will just not have that nice satisfying crunch.