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Tune-a-Piano Sandwiches Recipe
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Tune-a-Piano Sandwiches Recipe

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Slices of pumpernickel and white bread are the key to creating the fun piano shape of these munchable ivories. A tempting tuna filling flecked with cheese is sure to tickle the taste buds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 17 slices white bread
  • 2 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, divided
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons diced celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 251 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 413 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. Remove crusts from bread. Cut white bread into 1-in. strips. Cut pumpernickel bread into 1/2-in. strips, then cut each in half widthwise. In a bowl, combine tuna, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, cheese, onion, celery, dill, salt and pepper. Spread on half of the white bread strips; top with remaining strips. Place side by side on a 3-ft. covered board for "white keys" of keyboard. Spread the remaining mayonnaise on one side of each pumpernickel bread strip. Place over the white strips, mayonnaise side down, for "black keys". See illustration below for placement of keys, repeating patter as necessary until all bread strips are used. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Tune-a-Piano Sandwiches in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p53

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Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"This sandwich on a platter with a similar but much smaller sandwich shaped like a drum on the same platter... Two little toothpick signs protrude from each: #1 On piano "What's the difference between a piano and a fish?" #2 on piano ""You can't tuna fish!" #3 on drums "BA dum dum"

And that's how you win the annual band potluck lol"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"So adorable! What a keen idea! Whoever came up with this was one smart person! Have to try it sometime"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"This was so much fun to take to my daughter's piano recital many years ago. I do it each year, even though now she plays the flute. We are going to her adult recitals now."

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