Sunday, November 27, 2016

And Then She Added The Tuna

Hawaiian Tuna Puffs was a winner that year (1961) in the Main Dish category. Note the ubiquitous General Mills product placement.

"Melt 1/2 cup Land O'Lakes butter or other shorting in 1 cup boiling water in saucepan.

Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Chrystal Slat and 1 cup sifted Pillsbury's Best All Purpose Flour all at once.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture leaves sides of pan and is smooth and compact, about 2 minutes.

Blend in 4 unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating vigorously after each until mixture is smooth and glossy.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Do not underbake. Turn off oven. Prick with sharp knife for escape stem; leave in oven 10 minutes to dry out.  Cool; split and fill."

(So far, so good.  Unfortunately, the inventor couldn't be happy with anything so mundane as creamed chicken or shrimp.  No, she had to go ahead and come up with --)


Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1/2 cup chopped green pepper in 2 tablespoons Land O'Lakes butter.  Add 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup Pet Evaporated Milk and 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Chrystal Salt.  Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add two 7-oz cans tuna, 1 cup drained crushed pineapple and 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese.  Reheat or served chilled."

This may be even worse than Silver Salad.


Kathleen C. said...

It may be close, but... no. Silver Salad still wins (if you could call it that).

Bunnykins said...

Are you going to make this? Did you make Silver Salad? Ghastly, put together by desperate test kitchen cooks who had to use the sponsor's products, perhaps? One thing, though: these make my former husband's scrambled eggs with garlic for breakfast almost acceptable. Just add a shot of grappa, and that will set you up for the day.

Lady Anne said...

Glurp. Tuna and PINEapple? Although that's no worse (or better?) than pineapple on a pizza. Might as well add maple syrup.

Sam said...

Pineapple does NOT belong on pizza and tuna does not belong with pineapple. Makes one wonder what type of cocktails were on hand for this menu.

Shay said...

I may be lacking in imagination, but I cannot envision any set of circumstances under which I would prepare EITHER of these dishes.

Bunnykins said...

Shay - Very glad to hear that. Gag gifts are fine, but gag food (both meanings) is a large step too far. Wonder if these were a reaction to the ubiquitous chicken croquettes and creamed salmon in puff pastry casings?