Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are famous in the Philippines, often enjoyed at fast-food chains like Jollibee and McDonald’s. They make for a perfect midday snack or appetizer and are hearty to satisfy your taste buds. This homemade adaptation of Jollibee’s Tuna Pie is budget-friendly and easy to make with just a few simple pantry staples.
This article will share a delicious recipe for Crispy Tuna Bread Pie. This recipe is an exciting way to incorporate canned tuna into a delightful finger food, perfect for sharing with friends and family.
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“Tasty Bread, a.k.a. Pinoy Tasty” and it’s Legacy
Sliced bread has long been a staple in the Philippines thanks to its convenience, versatility, and accessibility. The original “Tasty Bread” brand played a significant role in popularizing sliced bread in the country. Many other big brands, such as Sarimonde, Gardenia, and French Baker, adopted its success and called it “Pinoy Tasty.” Today, sliced bread can be found in virtually every Filipino household, making it an integral part of the country’s culinary landscape.
The use of sliced bread in our Crispy Tuna Bread Pie recipe is a nod to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Filipino home cooks. By replacing the traditional pastry crust with sliced bread, the formula becomes more accessible, budget-friendly, and easy to prepare. In addition, the mild flavor and soft texture of sliced bread make it a perfect base for the savory tuna and cheese filling, ensuring that every bite is delicious and satisfying.
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Helpful Tips and Variations
- Use canned tuna in water instead of canned tuna in oil to reduce the overall oil content in the recipe.
- If you prefer a more cooked texture, you can sauté the filling ingredients before mixing them with the cream and mayonnaise.
- Use an Air Fryer as an alternative to deep-frying, following the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking time and temperature.
- Add shredded carrots, sweet pickle relish, or green peas to the tuna filling for extra flavor and texture.
- You can use whole wheat bread instead of white bread for a healthier option, but remember that the texture may vary.
- For a fun twist on this recipe, check out my other canned tuna recipes: Tuna Fish Balls and Spicy Tuna Rangoon.
Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that brings a taste of Filipino cuisine to your kitchen. You can create a mouthwatering snack that will impress your friends and family with just a few pantry staples, such as canned tuna, sliced white bread, and cheese.
You can now create your own Crispy Tuna Bread Pies using the recipe and tips. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients and experiment with different variations to suit your tastes. Happy cooking!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute tuna with other types of canned fish?
Yes, canned salmon or chicken can be used as a substitute for tuna.
What dipping sauce pairs well with Crispy Tuna Bread Pies?
Sweet and sour sauce, spicy mayo, or a tangy barbecue sauce can complement the pies well.
Can I bake the pies instead of frying them?
Yes, they can be baked until golden and crispy, usually at 375°F (190°C) for about 15-20 minutes.
Can I freeze the pies for later use?
Yes, freeze the uncooked pies in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag for longer storage.
Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?
Yes, cooked fresh tuna can be used, but the moisture content may affect the pie filling’s consistency.