Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tuna & Potato Chips for Dinner

I think that this recipe will spark some memories for my mom and my siblings...

One of my new blog followers, Diane*, directed me to a really cool "recipe detective" blog** (thank you, Diane!) This is a site where people can look for lost recipes. While browsing there this morning, I found a woman who was seeking a tuna casserole recipe made with potato chips.

It is interesting to me how one simple dish can spark a number of memories.
Tuna -Potato chip Casserole is a dish that my mother used to make for us. She got the recipe from her Aunt Sally. Aunt Sally lived just south of Yakima in the town of Wapato and I have great memories of visiting her home in the summertime when we were growing up.
Sadly, Aunt Sally passed away a few years ago - she was such a warm person, with a great sense of humor. To me, this dish speaks of is simple and comfortable and the addition of potato chips adds a bit of fun to it too.

Aunt Sally's Tuna Casserole
2 cans tuna
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chopped celery.
1 box (3pkg) potato chips (crushed)*
1 to 1 1/2 cans of water

Mix ingredients together and put in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees.****
Notes on this blog:

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*** I don't know if you can still get the 3 bag-boxes of chips- we will have to experiment with quantities!

****My recipe card doesn't say how long to cook it, but I recall the top should be lightly browned and bubbly. This is not a healthy recipe-but that might be why it tastes so good. I recommend pairing it with a green salad. My mom used to add a little shredded cheddar on top as well.

1 comment:

~T said...

My mom used to make a similar but different tuna casserole. I think it was called Tuna Noodle Casserole. Swap the celery for peas, the potato chips for crushed saltine crackers and add some cooked egg noodles. This was one of my favorites when I was a little kid.