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Cream Cheese and Tuna Spread recipe

Cream Cheese and Tuna Spread recipe

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This is a super-delicious spread, made with just four ingredients. It's creamily delicious and you won't taste any fishiness from the tuna. Serve with crusty bread, crackers, crostini or salad.

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IngredientsMakes: 300 g approximately

  • 1 (200g) tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 1 (185g) tin tuna in spring water, drained
  • 3-4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

MethodPrep:10min ›Ready in:10min

  1. Soften the cream cheese in a medium sized bowl with a metal knife.
  2. Add the tuna and spring onions, mix well to incorporate all of the ingredients, then season to taste

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Excellent! Thanks so much! I used the spread on toast & added a cherry tomato on top using a toothpick!-24 Oct 2010

Best Tuna Fish and Cream Cheese Sandwich

You can soften the CC in the microwave at about 20 sec's. This will save you a sore wrist when stirring. You can also buy CC already soft but I find it is just cheaper to buy it in the bar. This is also a good recipe to use regular canned tuna as it makes it taste better.
You can also add veggies or anything else you like but I just prefer it plain.
I have also used this to make finger sandwiches for parties and have gotten rave reviews. I just never tell them whats in it! :)

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Smoked Tuna Dip

Want to wow your guests during this year’s round of holiday parties? Serve them this Smoked Tuna Dip made with cream cheese and watch the compliments flood in.

They’ll never know that you whipped it up ten minutes before they arrived!

I first tasted this smoked tuna dip at a restaurant in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. We were there for a military function and this dip was set out on the appetizer table.

None of us could not stop eating it and by the end of the night, my friend and I had pestered the owner enough that he finally gave up the recipe.

Well, he didn’t give us the actual recipe, but I did the leave the party with a list of ingredients scribbled on a piece of paper.

He wouldn’t give exact amounts, and for all I know, he left out some magical secret ingredient. But this version that I put together this morning tastes amazing and I really think you should give it a try.

The great thing about this dip is that you don’t actually have to buy smoked tuna in order to make it. And no, you don’t have to smoke the tuna yourself either!

This smoked tuna dip is simply made by adding canned tuna and a dish of liquid smoke flavoring to some softened cream cheese. There are a few extra flavorings stirred in, but it really is that simple and you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is!

This dip is as easy to put together as a ranch dip or spinach dip, but I think it’s a great option when you want to change things up a bit and give guests something delicious and unexpected.

Serve this smoked tuna dip with your favorite crackers, or even pita chips, and your guests will love you for it.

Smoked tuna dip with cream cheese would be perfect on the appetizer table at any gathering– large or small, fancy or casual. But you’d better print out some extra copies of the recipe beforehand because I guarantee that you’ll be asked it.

While the dip is absolutely delicious plain, I decided to try sprinkling it with smoked paprika. The smoked paprika garnish definitely took the flavor up another notch.

I highly recommend that option, but if you want to add a bit of color but don’t have access to smoked paprika, regular paprika will do the trick. Of course leaving it plain is also an option.

You’ll find the printable smoked tuna dip recipe is at the bottom of the post, but I want to add a quick note to say thanks to everyone who was so supportive yesterday while I was having technical issues with the blog.

It’s hard to describe what it feels like to see almost two weeks of my life disappear in an instant (I say ‘my life’ because I’ve been doing absolutely nothing but work on the blog for the past month).

Apparently someone at my hosting company made a mistake and restored the database on the wrong site. I’m not sure how that can even happen, and the worst part is that I have yet to receive even an apology from the company. So frustrating.

All I can say is thank goodness I had copies of everything, and thank goodness I only lost eleven days worth of work. I want to remind everyone to be extra fastidious about backing up your work, regardless of what it is. This is especially true of your digital photos.

Again, thanks for all the supportive e-mails and messages I received yesterday. Everything is back up and back to normal, as far as I can tell. And I will now be making back up copies of my blog even more frequently!

And yes, although I almost threw in the towel last night, I am still going to finish out this month of NaBloPoMo and continue to share one recipe a day until November 30.

  • 1 6-ounce can chunk light tuna in water (see Note)
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Combine tuna, cream cheese, oil, lemon juice and cayenne in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl stir in capers, parsley and thyme.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Tuna dip is such a versatile dish, and you can use it in a million different ways. It's excellent as a sandwich filler, or as a base for a pasta sauce. But the best way to serve this dish is of course as a dip - with lots of dippable items.

Here are some of my favorite things to serve with this dip:

Vegetables: Celery sticks, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower and sugar snap peas are some of my favorite vegetables to dip.

Savory snacks: Crackers, chips, pretzels and tortilla chips are all excellent options.

Bread: Some toasted bread or sliced baguettes are always great with dip.

Smoked Tuna Dip

I was reminiscing about the first time I ever tasted Smoked Tuna Dip. I have to admit that I was NOT real excited about trying this appetizer.

We were in Destin, Florida, dining with friends at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant when I tasted Smoked Tuna Dip for the first time. It was October and the tail end of Fall Break for many of the schools in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. That meant the restaurant was super crowded. It was the first time any of us had eaten at Dewey’s, but we quickly found out that waiting at Dewey’s is really a pleasure.

The restaurant’s courtyard or harborside bar are both places to kick back with a favorite beverage and appetizer. And when my friend ordered Smoked Tuna Dip because she saw a group enjoying a batch, we were happy to wait for our table and enjoy our dip.

Keeping an Open Mind

Prior to eating Smoked Tuna Dip, I believed tuna belonged on sandwich, mixed with mayo and maybe a little onion and smidge of sweet dill relish. So eating this dip was REALLY stepping out for me. And being that everyone in my party couldn’t say enough good about it, I tried it. I put a little on a saltine and there was no turning back for me.

The dip was full of smokey deliciousness served on saltine crackers. I never would have thought to serve anything other than chili with saltines, but believe it or not, the saltines were the perfect accompaniment to the Smoked Tuna Dip.

My “Copy Cat” Version of Smoked Tuna Dip

Fast forward to this holiday season, I was looking for a new appetizer recipe for a holiday party. And it must have been divine intervention, but somehow I stumbled on a recipe for a copycat Smoked Tuna Dip recipe. I just wondered if it would be similar to the one served at many of the wonderful restaurants scattered throughout the Destin, Florida, area that I’ve now sampled over the years.

Smoked Tuna Dip Ingredients

Simple, Simple, Simple

Even better was that with the exception of liquid smoke, I had all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. And liquid smoke was easy to find in my local grocery store. All I had to do was combine the ingredients and it’s done!

How to make Smoked Tuna Dip

  • First, place all the ingredients for this smoked tuna dip recipe into a large bowl.
  • Out comes the trusty hand mixer. I mix the ingredients until everything blends together.
  • Taste–I’ve been known to tweak the recipe a little with a couple extra drops of liquid smoke and Tabasco.
  • Regarding the liquid smoke, use a REALLY light hand when adding the “smoke.” That stuff can be overpowering!
  • Serve with crackers of choice.

How to serve Smoked Tuna Dip

The Smoked Tuna Dip served in the Destin, Florida, restaurants is usually served with saltine crackers (surprisingly the perfect match), but use whatever crackers you have on hand.

I think most of the restaurants leave their dip a little chunkier than mine. Personally I prefer a smoother texture. If you like a chunkier texture, spend a little less time mixing it.

Even if my version isn’t quite the same as Dewey’s, I got a thumbs up from my husband. No leftovers to take home after the party, either.


1 cup Fusia Light Soy Sauce

2 fillets Specially Selected Ahi Tuna, thawed

2 cups hardwood smoking chips, soaked overnight

3 teaspoons Stonemill Ground Thyme, divided *

8 ounces Happy Farms Soft Spread Onion and Chive Cream Cheese

3 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 cup Burman's Mayonnaise

4 teaspoons Burman's Hot Sauce

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons diced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Iodized Salt

1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper

6 ounces Specially Selected Rosemary Artisan Crackers *

*These are Seasonal items that are only in stores for a limited time and may no longer be available.

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Tuna Dip for Potato Chips Or Veggies Recipe

Way back in the 1960's, I first tasted this stuff - I didn't know you could use tuna as a dip, but it worked! I've always liked it with potato chips, but you can "health it up" just a bit by using fresh celery sticks and zucchini sticks instead, and lite versions of the cream cheese and sour cream. Read more If you've never tried this, and you like tuna, you may find this a nice change from the usual shellfish or onion dips (not that I'd ever give THEM up!). See less

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  • chip
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  • 8 counces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip - it's too sweet)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • a shake or two of celery salt (not celery seed)
  • a shake or two of garlic salt
  • a dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 can albacore tuna, packed in oil (I've tried using the water-packed tuna, but it really leaves this dip "blah")
  • Dippers:
  • potato chips, bagel or pita chips, triscuits, etc.
  • celery sticks
  • zucchini sticks
  • any veggie you think sounds good with tuna


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  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip - it's too sweet) shopping list
  • 1 cup sour creamshopping list
  • a shake or two of celery salt (not celery seed) shopping list
  • a shake or two of garlic saltshopping list
  • a dash of salt and peppershopping list
  • 1 can albacore tuna, packed in oil (I've tried using the water-packed tuna, but it really leaves this dip "blah") shopping list
  • Dippers: shopping list , bagel or pita chips, triscuits, etc. shopping list sticks shopping list sticks shopping list
  • any veggie you think sounds good with tunashopping list

How to make it

  • Cream together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Stir in the sour cream and seasonings.
  • Drain the tuna well, squeezing as much oil from it as possible place drained tuna into a small bowl and use a fork to flake the tuna up as small as possible.
  • Stir drained, flaked tuna into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as preferred.
  • Cover bowl well and chill several hours before serving.
  • Serve with dip bowl surrounded by dippers of choice.
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Can't wait to try this - tuna and chips! Never thought to combine the two.

Oh yeah - this has my name written all over it! Sounds delicious - thanks so much. I can't wait to give a try.

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