Wednesday, June 20

Tuna Cold Dish ~ Summer Party Food

I have to share another childhood recipe. My mom only made this cold dish to pass around at get togethers, because everyone requested it. She most often used canned tuna but once in a while she used *gasp* Spam. Yep, and it was just as popular with tuna as it was with Spam. The concept of Spam is not a pretty picture to me. Yet I have used Spam myself a time or two and have enjoyed every bite. True story.

I recommend making this the night before as the longer it chills, the better the flavor. The recipe makes a large amount, perfect for passing around at potlucks or backyard barbecues. 

2 cups Miracle Whip
1 TBLS. sugar
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 TBLS. vinegar

1 1/2 lbs. elbow macaroni
2 (10 oz.) canned peas, drained
2 large cans tuna (water based), drained
2 tomatoes, diced
4 oz. Colby cheese, cubed

In a medium bowl, mix Miracle Whip, sugar, mustard and vinegar. Add milk in small amounts, stirring in between, until consistency is a little thinner than cream soup. Put mixture in refrigerator until needed.

Boil elbow macaroni according to package directions.

While macaroni is boiling, add peas, tuna, tomatoes and cheese to a large bowl. 

When macaroni is tender, drain and rinse in cold water until noodles are somewhat chilled. Add noodles to the large bowl mixture. Pour Miracle Whip mixture over the top and stir until all ingredients are well coated.

Tightly cover bowl and chill until meal time. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Overnight is best.

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