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Tuna-Caper Spread

May/June 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Delicious, easy, inexpensive; serve as a sandwich filling or an hors d'oeuvre with whole-grain crackers or triangles of rye bread.


Tuna-Caper Spread Recipe

Makes: 1 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce can chunk light tuna in water (see Note)
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine tuna, cream cheese, oil, lemon juice and cayenne in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl; stir in capers, parsley and thyme.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Nutrition

Per tablespoon: 39 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 9 mg cholesterol; 0 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 0 g fiber; 112 mg sodium; 38 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat


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