Step away from the jacket spuds and sad sandwich ideas, tinned tuna has got loads more to offer

OK, so it may not look that inspiring sitting at the back of your kitchen cupboard in its uninspiring little can. But take another look at what you can achieve with your old friend tuna and it might just surprise you. 


Make Spanish empañadas

As is so often the case, it pays to head to Spain when you have a seafood dilemma. The gorgeous little empanadilla de atun is a staple in most Spanish bakeries and is a popular post-school or mid-morning snack. Essentially it's a mini shortcrust pasty filled with all sorts. A traditional fishy one is stuffed with tuna, skinned red peppers and chopped hard-boiled egg in a tomato sauce. Genius.

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Do it Italian style

The Italians also know a thing or two about food, which is why you'll struggle to find a tuna melt on a menu in Tuscany. They prefer veal tonnato, a delicate starter of veal with a light mustardy, lemony tuna and mayonnaise sauce. It works, trust us!

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Bling up your tuna baguette

If it really is a tuna sandwich you want, make it this tuna sandwich: crusty ciabatta bread and quality tuna that's been tinned in olive oil. The tip is not to drain away the olive oil. Noooo. Flake the fish (and oil) over the bread, sprinkle over pitted green olives then let the oil dribble down your chin as you bite in. Napkin please.

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Shape it into burgers

You can either mix it with breadcrumbs, lemon and garlic and serve in a fresh muffin like Andie Mitchell did or lay off the bread and swap it for potato with this more fishcake-like arrangement. Serve with crispy cubed potatoes or with one of these mouth-watering salads.

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Sprinkle it on a pizza

If you're a a sucker for a tuna melt you should absolutely try your tuna pizza-style, baked in the oven with mozzarella, parmesan and fresh black olives. Hand make your dough like into a thick crust like Rebecca Eats does and add an optional drizzle of chilli oil. Delish.

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