Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuna Pockets (Pacifying My Sisters)

First, a little background information just to familiarize you with my sibling relationships. I have six brothers and two sisters. I'm not even going to address the brothers in this post for various reasons, one huge reason being that they used to call me "log legs" when we were growing up, but mainly because my brothers couldn't give a rat's rear about my cooking. My sisters on the other hand, have expressed how much they enjoy my blog and had no idea I was so talented and marvelous and witty and profound and (insert as many complementary adjectives as possible without making me blush.) Their praise however didn't come without criticism. It appears that my recipes are either too complicated or involve too many strange ingredients to suit their tastes and abilities. Mind you, both are very thin, very exercise-oriented and very busy individuals. (Here's where I almost wanted to throw in the towel, and don't tell me you wouldn't feel the same way.) However, I've decided to split the difference between easy and healthy and have now put a label on my sidebar, PMS (Pacifying My Sisters.) Pay no mind to the acronym.... it means nothing, swears.

The first recipe in this category is by request from sister Mary, who wanted something made with canned tuna for Lent. Mary, I've made this as simple as possible. You don't even have to pull out the salt and pepper shaker for this one. No cumin (she thinks that's an exotic spice) no garlic, no mixer, no whisk. You are going to have to use your oven, however.... so brace yourself. I know you can do it.

Since there were only two of us eating these little tuna pockets, I bought a small can of (5) Grands biscuits, but I made the full batch of filling. I plan to use the rest of the filling for tuna melts on Ash Wednesday.

Tuna Pockets

1 (10 oz) tube of refrigerated biscuits (may used the reduced fat kind)
1 can (7 oz) tuna, drained (I used albacore)
3 TBSP reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
1 TBSP finely chopped celery
1 TBSP finely chopped onion (I used a very mild sweet onion)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2%)
paprika (and Mary I know you have this spice because I've seen you put it on top of deviled eggs)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine tuna, mayo, mustard, celery, onion and shredded cheese in a mixing bowl.

Unroll canned biscuits and flatten each one into a thin 3 1/2-4 inch circle. Top half of the biscuits with the tuna mixture.

Place the other half of the biscuits on top of the filling and seal edges with a fork. Sprinkle the tops with paprika.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for a minute or two before serving.

32 comments:

Invizzible Ink said...

insert; caring, inspirational, fun loving, (not as fun loving as Dave though), and... if I go on you might blush. :)

Linda said...

What a bunch of siblings you've got! Fun?!
PMS! You crack me up!
I bet my picky DH would even like these!

Federica said...

wow che buoni!!! complimenti!

Kat said...

sounds easy enough to me.

Nanan said...

What do you mean your brothers are not interested in your cooking??? are they from another planet and have no interest in eating good food??????????? PMS? hehehehehehe

Pam said...

I like complicated fancy schmancy recipes, but every once in a while, I want me some tuna pockets!

Abby said...

These look awesome! Unfortunately, I'm the only one in the house who likes tuna . . . but maybe I should just make them for me and let the rest of them fend for themselves! =)

George Gaston said...

Mags, what a unique idea! A tuna melt is one of my favorite sandwiches and this takes it to another level indeed.

I hope there will be more PMS post in the future... thanks.

June said...

Love, LOVE the PMS, and triple LOVE the "...and Mary I know you have this spice..." in the recipe. Oh man, I laughed at that one, but I'm afraid I'll have to substitute the canned tuna with something else. No can do it. If I may be so bold and stand up for my adopted blog sister, obviously you got all the talent, charm, wit ...ah shucks, didn't I promise to be nice.

April in CT said...

I rarely buy canned biscuits, but got some buy one get one free to make pulled pork pockets with and have been wondering what the heck will I do with that extra can. THIS is my solution, thank you!

It will be interesting to see what gets added to the PMS in your sidebar. hehe

Megan said...

I haven't had tuna in a while... I don't know why. I love tuna melts. This recipe looks so simple and delicious!

Debbie said...

Looks simple and delicious and that is a great combo...besides I love tuna fish!

redforever said...

You...Are...Too...Funny. I really enjoy your blog.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

I am afraid to hear what they think of cilantro. I have four brothers, all older. I consider myself the oldest...

Laurie said...

Oh Mags, you made me chuckle. I have 2 sisters as well and can totally relate with you lol. Love the PMS comment!
Those tuna pockets look amazing and are nice and easy to whip up on those nights when we have many things on the go with the kids Thanks. :)

Sweet and Savory said...

I almost had to pick up my husband with the PMS. I have a feeling you will have a new reader to this blog. I told him a few others gems. Love your sense of humor.

Moogie said...

I feel your pain. My siblings look at me like I just sprouted a second head when I talk about my blog.

lakegirl said...

Too funny! These look delicious, too.

I bet those sisters don't have a silpat?

Stop by my blog, I've left something for you!

Karen said...

I could eat tuna sandwiches every day... these look really good!

Niece Denise said...

oh, these would be perfect to make with the girls! they both do like tuna salad (weird, I don't think I did as a kid) and they enjoy helping me cook and bake.

if you have any troubles coming up with PMS ideas, let me know. I have 2 super quick and easy soup recipes that are both really yummy.

Hi Aunt Mary, Hi Aunt Kathleen!

msmeanie said...

Hah! Reading this post cracked me up! You are too much. That is very nice of you to make something to please your sisters. I'm sure they will be very pleased as this looks very super delicious and healthy.

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Anonymous said...

a inspiration to make tuna more enticing! love the idea and totally will some for the family! thanks for the simple recipe :)

Susan said...

This looks decadent and amazing--I can't wait to make this for my kids...thank you.

Alexandra said...

This looks great! I love tuna, however my boyfriend does not. Do you have any good ideas for a substitute meat or recipe to put in the pockets? I would love to hear your suggestions! Thanks!

Mags said...

Alexandra: Hubby commented to me that he thought these pockets would be great with diced chicken too. Maybe toss in a handful of peas too? Just a thought.

Lolly said...

Alright so I'm going to try this one on your brother this Friday.....he's so stinkin' picky. I'll let you know how it goes. Always looking for something new and healthy. Thanks Mags

Sherylyn said...

Great way to make tuna melts more transportable for work lunches. And YUM!

April in CT said...

Made these for dinner tonight and they are declared a winner by Mr. Picky Pants (my hubs) and me too! I made a couple of small changes, but I'm definitely making this one again. Thanks!!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Easy tuna melts? Yes, please! Even my husband could make these yummy pockets. I'm sending him this recipe now in hopes that he will make it for me. Can't wait!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Yeah, these tuna pockets look like the perfect make ahead meal!

marla said...

Wow did your momma have a busy house growing up! These Tuna Pockets look great & should satisfy all the kids over here :)