Tuna Salad Quesadillas — a Recipe in a Title

 If you read both blogs regularly, you’ll be starting to feel like I’m hooked on this sort of salad.  In fact, I’m not.

Farro Salad with Canned Salmon, Basil, Tomatoes  and Spinach on my Dinner Place blog

Somehow, however, they end up in my cooking-for-one lineup fairly regularly because they’re easy to make for lunch or, more likely, because my husband adores them.  He’s pretty much a sandwich fiend ( just watch him eat a great sub), but give him egg salad, tuna salad, etc., and he’s beyond a pretty happy guy.  Add pickles?  Chips?  That’s a thrilling lunch full of smiles to see.

Here he is in Montreal last June.  Waiting for a sandwich, of course.

The other day I thought we’d have some tuna salad and crackers:

This is actually salmon salad.

 But in the frig were some high-fiber tortillas that needed to be used.  I’d make a wrap, I thought. Then I remembered some hot tuna sandwiches we often had as newlyweds.  Tuna salad on a hamburger bun with cheese that was then wrapped in foil and heated in the oven for 45 minutes!  (It must have been cooked to death.)  And the next thing I know, I’m making tuna quesadillas.   They’re my new go-to for a tuna sandwich.  And, well, I guess this sounds somewhat pedestrian, doesn’t it?  But once you’ve made it, I think you’ll be happy I took the time to write it up.

You go ahead and make tuna salad any way you like (or buy it at the deli), but if you need a recipe, I’ll put one at the bottom.  Meantime, here’s the story in a few pics, which goes just about how you’d think it would:

Melt 1 teaspoon butter in medium skillet over medium heat.  Add small tortilla and spread with about 1/3 cup tuna salad leaving a little space around the perimeter.  Top with some sliced cheddar cheese. ( I tore one slice in half.)  Top with another tortilla.

Let the quesadilla cook a couple of minutes or until quite toasty; carefully turn and cook the other side until golden.  Remove to a cutting board and gently slice in half and in half again using a serrated knife.

Serve with some pickles, greens, and tomatoes.  Ok, chips if you really need them.

Tuna Salad:

  • 1 6-7 ounce can tuna, drained, and broken up with a fork
  • 1 boiled egg, peeled and chopped (I do this in the microwave sometimes; see below*)
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon Prepared horseradish, optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons each:    minced celery and minced dill pickles
  • Pinch each:  kosher salt, fresh-ground pepper, and dried dill
  • Pinch crushed red pepper (optional)

. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together with a table fork.  Stir well.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Add a bit more mayo or a drizzle of olive oil if you like your salad more moist. 

*To make a “boiled” egg in the microwave: 

Grease or “Pam” a deep cereal orsoup bowl and crack an egg into it.  With a sharp knife, pierce the yolk once and the white several times to help avoid eggsplosions.  (Couldn’t resist that.)  Cover tightly with plastic wrap (or a firmly fitting second bowl or dinner plate if you’re brave) and cook on high about  a minute.  Using  pot holder or mitts (this is hot), remove the bowl from the microwave and let sit a minute or so before unwrapping.  Tip the egg out of the bowl onto a cutting board and let cool another minute or so before chopping.

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 Working on updating the Italian Beef photographs for an old post….and had to make Italian Beef (ah…)  Gotta love Chicago food.  No matter what, brown food doesn’t photograph well:

  
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  Late neighborhood hydrangeas:

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