Snappy Tuna Squares with Golden Potato and Peas
This recipe comes from my Mum. It was featured in the local school’s cookbook during the 1970s and it is a family favourite. ‘Tuna Squares’ are a common addition to family get togethers (perfect for bringing a plate), great for lunches or, as featured here, as an easy dinner. With 7 kids, it was a good recipe that didn’t use a lot of ingredients and really went the distance. But I’ll leave the description to my Mum. The original blurb of the recipe, from the school cookbook, says “Serve with a garnish of salad greens, or mashed potatoes and peas. Nice cold the next day. High protein, very nutritious”. Thanks Mum. - Bec.
Recipe Tester Feedback: "This recipe is great cold and would make a great addition to a picnic or school lunch box. Very tasty and stretching one tin of tuna to feed six people is definitely budget-friendly!" - Kylie
No: Gluten / Nuts
Contains: Dairy / Egg
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 40 minutes
Serves 6 for dinner
Squares can be frozen
- Tuna Squares:
- biscuits of choice - 70g, savoury, we used rice crackers
- cheese - 210g, block
- fresh parsley - handful, or add dried, optional
- onion - 60g
- eggs - 3
- milk - 250g
- tuna - 425g, tin, drained (270g drained weight)
- lemon juice - squeeze, optional
- Golden Potato:
- potato - 500g, quartered
- pumpkin - 500g, peeled and in chunks
- peas - 500g, frozen
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Add biscuits (70g) to the bowl. Speed 8 / 3 seconds to form breadcrumbs. Repeat if you have any larger chunks remaining. Set aside.
- Add cheese (210g) to the bowl. Grate Speed 8 / 8 seconds. Set aside.
- If using fresh parsley (handful), add to the bowl. Chop Speed 7 / 2 seconds. Leave in bowl.
- Add onion (60g) to the bowl. Chop Speed 7 / 2 seconds.
- Add eggs (3), milk (250g), tuna (270g), lemon juice (squeeze), breadcrumbs and cheese to the bowl.
- Combine Closed Lid / Turbo / 1 second x3. Mixture should be combined without being a paste.
- Pour mixture into the prepared tin with the help of the spatula.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Clean bowl and fill with water (800g).
- Add chunks of potato (500g) and pumpkin (500g) to the lower dish of the steaming attachment. Check that the upper tray can still fit in, as you will add this later.
- Set the steaming attachment in place and program 25 minutes / Steaming Temperature / Speed 2.
- Carefully remove the lid of the steaming attachment, being mindful of escaping steam.
- Add upper tray of the steaming attachment and cover with frozen peas (500g). Program 5 minutes / Steaming Temperature / Speed 2.
- Once finished, set the vegetables aside and drain the bowl.
- Return the steamed potato and pumpkin to the bowl and mix on Speed 4 until desired consistency is achieved. You may need to aid the mixing with your spatula. Season if desired.
- Once the tuna squares have finished cooking, allow to stand before cutting and serving with the golden potato and peas.