A very traditional tea time sandwich meets, healthy, good for you fermented ingredients.
This isn't your typical tuna sandwich, though it does have many traditional ingredients about it. We here at Farmhouse Teas are all about taking the traditions of tea time and mixing them with whole, real foods to help build better health.
Not a tuna fan, don't turn your nose up at the fish yet - shredded chicken works just as well for this recipe so come on over the farm kitchen and see what we have cooking!
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Tuna salad was something that my Farmer and I both grew up eating and something we eat a lot of down on the farm. Its a staple around here especially during Lent.
It's best to make sure to get a good quality tuna (unless you are blessed to have canned your own!) such as the Kirkland brand from Costco. A good canned tuna will be thick and chunky, based in water with little to no added salt. Skip the oily, shredded and thin looking tuna for this sandwich.
What really makes this tuna salad unlike any other is the addition of our 10 Minute DIY Fermented Pickles. Combined with our Quick Homemade Mayo & Homemade Sourdough Bread. Though homemade is not a requirement, they can certainly be bought at a health food store. These really make this sandwich a healthy tea time treat.
To keep these truly rustic, leave the crusts on rather than cutting them off, as is traditionally done at English tea times. If you want them to look traditional while keeping the crust just serve them crust side down
as we did and you will have a nice display, crusts and all.
Aside from the homemade and fermented goodness in this tuna recipe it has some added veggies for extra nutrition. If you are gluten free and even sourdough is not digestible try serving this tuna salad on top of a bed of lettuce, rolled in a gluten free tortillas or on top of some gluten free crackers or a rice cake. This tuna salad is so versatile that it really can be used in so many yummy ways.
One of our favorite ways to spice things up with this recipe is to add a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on how much spicy you like) of curry powder and a few raisins to give it a Thai food spin.
Or if we are not in the mood for tuna we switch it up with some pre-cooked shredded or cubed chicken. Perfect for a hot summer day or a quick lunch! We have even tried it with some of our Golden Turmeric Spice tea ground and thrown in.
Rustic Tuna Tea Sandwiches
- 1 can (5.5 oz) chunked albacore tuna
- 1 large celery stick
- 1/4 of a medium size onion
- 3 medium sized quick fermented pickles
- 1/4 cup of homemade mayonnaise (or mayo of choice)
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 7 slices of your sourdough sandwich bread
- sea salt and ground pepper to taste
- Shred chunked albacore tuna as fine as you can with a couple of forks. Or if preferred process in a food processor.
- Place shredded tuna in large bowl.
- Dice celery stick, onion and Quick Fermented Pickles as fine as you can and add them to the bowl of shredded tuna.
- Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Last but not least add the mayonnaise and stir altogether until incorporated.
- Place 1/4 to 1/3 cup of tuna salad on a slice of bread. Spread evenly and place a second slice of bread on top.
- Cut diagonally from corner to corner forming 4 triangle shaped sandwiches.
- Arrange neatly on serving tray of choice with a side of smaller or sliced Garlic Dill Ice Pickles.
With the summer heat it is truly sandwich season! Though great any time of year, especially when kids lunch ideas are needed or the hubby is tired of the same ole', same ole' in his lunch box.
Dressed down or dressed up, these make excellent tea time sandwiches when hosting friends. When pairing tea with tuna we highly recommend Mossy Rock Green Tea or another bold green/black tea.
Enjoy and let us what you decide to serve with this recipe below in the comments.
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