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Tuna Boats Recipe
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Tuna Boats Recipe

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Janelle Aguda of Chicago, Illinois gets her son involved in this sea-cruising cuisine by having him assemble the simple sails out of cheese slices. They like to serve the “boats” on blue paper plates with fish-shaped crackers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 4 submarine sandwich or hoagie buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • Fish-shaped crackers


  1. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, celery and onion. Stir in the Miracle Whip and pickle relish; set aside. Make a 2-in. wide V-shaped cut in the center of each bun to within an inch of the bottom. Remove cut portion and save for another use. Line each bun with a lettuce leaf and fill with tuna mixture.
  2. Cut cheese slices in half diagonally. For sails, carefully insert a wooden skewer into the top center of each cheese triangle. Bend cheese slightly; push skewer through bottom center of cheese. Insert two skewers into each sandwich. Place on a serving plate. Sprinkle fish crackers around boats. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Boats in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p41

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"These were a fun treat my Mom made these for my brother and I when we we little kids about 30 years ago , but she would use a soft hot dog bun and use a pretzel stick to hold the cheese sail...which was usually a Kraft American Cheese slice. Very kid friendly!"

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