Tuna Snack Spread Recipe
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Tuna Snack Spread Recipe

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"For a satisfying late-night snack, all you need is this creamy tuna spread and a box of your favorite crackers," remarks field editor Denise Goedeken of Platte Center, Nebraska.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 3 to 4 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 83 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients until well mixed. Shape into a ball; roll in parsley. Chill. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Tuna Snack Spread in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p64

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This was the first time I prepared this recipe! I used a 5-oz. can of water-packed bumble-Bee tunafish, drained well and flaked. I also adjusted the recipe by adding 2 tsp. dried minced chives, 1 small onion, diced, & 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper. I kept the cream cheese amount the same and just used 2 tsp. lemon juice (bottled). The onion salt I kept as is! Instead of parsley, I used 3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans), DIVIDED: I added 1/2 cup to the cheese spread and sprinkled the top of the ball with 1/4 cup chopped nuts. I did notice that this spread is quick sticky! I had to put the spread in a Cool Whip bowl and shape it into a ball with a large spoon and then smooth it with a knife! I covered the container and am chilling this spread until firm! I'm sharing it with my Mom! It is a tasty spread! And it DEFINITELY comes in very handy for a sandwich -type spread!Thank you for sharing this recipe, Denise Goedeken! It was Appetizer recipe challenge this week on "Cook's Corner"! This is one of the recipes I tried! delowenstein"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"This seemed to be bland. I will not make it again."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"This recipe is always a hit! And, easy to boot! Have been using it for years and no one ever guesses that there's tuna in it."

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