This recipe is affectionately called “Tuna Dip” in my house. I’m writing about this now in honor of my birthday, which is tomorrow, because that is the first time I had this. My good friend Jessica had invited me over to her house on my birthday a couple years ago to hang out with our kids. She just had some snacks out and maybe we had something sweet because it was my birthday. I don’t even remember! I just wanted the recipe for this tuna spread that she learned to make from her dad. I introduced my parents to it, and they have adopted as their own family recipe and got my nephew in Florida addicted to it too.
Start by letting an 8 oz. box of cream cheese soften.
Get out 1/4 cup of green olives.
Chop them finely.
Drain a small can of tuna. This recipe actually tastes better with the cheap stuff, but all I had was albacore in water. If you don’t like a tuna taste, use albacore.
Add a 1/4 tsp of dried thyme.
Add the olives.
Add the tuna.
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. If your cream cheese doesn’t stir easily, you can add more.
Add a little pinch of salt and pepper to your liking and mix until everything is combined.
Serve with crackers. I like it with Wheat Thins, Triscuits (Rye flavor), pretzel crackers. It would probably be awesome smeared on a toasted bagel or bagel chips.
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
- ¼ cup green olives, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (more optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- serve with crackers
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir well until thoroughly combined.
- Serve with crackers.
My friend said her dad gets crazy with it and changes it up with jalapeños instead of olives and other spices. I’m surprised I haven’t “make-shifted” this recipe yet. If you do, I would love to hear about it! I’m already thinking canned salmon with capers and dill on a bagel for brunch. Oh, so many combinations!
Did I mention that my kids love this stuff? They are a little weird about things that are mixed up together, but they both love this stuff.
You may need bibs and lots of clean up. It gets a little messy at our house.
Everything that tastes good is usually messy.
I hope this inspires you to create something yummy!