So when I again decided to prepare a homemade sandwich spread the other day, I opted to use canned tuna meat instead of the usual boiled chicken flakes. While chicken sandwich spread which I featured here before remains my most favorite amongst other sandwich spread variations, we felt using tuna will serve as a sort of reprieve for the many days of continuously over-indulging into the reliable chicken.
Tuna are massive, fast swimming sea water fish with muscle tissue that ranges from pink to dark red. The fish are highly sought-after by both fishermen and anglers alike either for commercial consumption or sports and recreational pursuit. While there are over 48 different tuna species, the term tuna generally refers to those that belong to the family of “Scombridae” and particularly under the genus “Thunnus”, which includes 9 species. The yellow fin tuna is the most prominent specie and probably among the most important in terms of culinary application, although not the most expensive.
Tuna has been extensively fished and canned due to its perceived health benefits and high market demands. Canned tuna meat became extremely popular for so many good reasons. It is a prominent component in many weight trainers' diets because it is high in protein. Tuna is an oily fish and therefore contains a high amount of Vitamin D. A single can of tuna in oil is said to contain about the Adequate Intake (AI) of vitamin D for infants, children, men and women aged 19–50. As vastly advertized, canned tuna can also be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Said to be good for the heart. :-)
An easy way to prepare a homemade tuna sandwich spread is of course, using the readily available canned tuna. One can or 184 grams (net weight) of whole tuna in water, to be drained and flaked, should be enough. The other ingredients are: about ¾ cup good mayonnaise, 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish, 1 small onion, peeled and finely minced, ½ tsp salt or to taste, ¾ tsp sugar or to taste and ¼ tsp white pepper.
Like chicken sandwich spread, preparation is quite easy. In a large mixing bowl combine the flaked tuna meat, pickle relish and onion. Add in mayonnaise, salt, sugar and white pepper.
Carefully stir to mix evenly and until a homogenous mixture is attained. Taste and adjust the seasonings. You can transfer this in a bowl and start spreading in your sliced bread.