My Mum’s Tuna Mornay recipe is one of my comfort foods. My Dad won’t eat seafood, so this was a special treat meal, when Dad wasn’t home for dinner (very rare) or when my parents were going out. It’s a healthy dinner, with peas (which I hate!) and corn, but still one of my favourites. It was a recipe that I made sure came with me when I moved out of home. It takes a little bit of effort to make the white sauce, but in the end, doesn’t take much longer to prepare than say a pasta, and it only uses pantry and freezer staples so is a great “What’s for dinner?” meal.
1 large tin Tuna (drained and broken up into pieces with a fork)
2 tablespoons Plain Flour
1 1/2 tablespoons Butter
1 large tin Creamed Corn
1 1/2 cups frozen Peas
1 cup Milk
Good squeeze of Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon Grated Cheese
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F.
2. Cook the peas. I usually microwave them for 3 minutes with a splash of water. You could also steam or boil the peas for a few minutes.
3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Mix in the flour to form a paste.
4. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously (I use a whisk to make sure no lumps form), allowing the mixture to thicken before adding more milk. (It also works if you dump all the milk in at once, but it takes longer to thicken and you’ll spend more time at the stove!). It should be thick enough to leave “tracks” in the sauce as you stir (you can just see them at the bottom of this picture).
7. Place in oven until cheese is golden brown. Sometimes I let it go really brown and crunchy, and other times, leave it a bit more chewy.
This takes me about 30 minutes to prepare, and then 20-30 minutes in the oven. This serves 3-4 people, and is great served with fresh bread or garlic bread. Sometimes Mum would put it into individual ramekins before she put it in the oven, rather than one big dish.
What are your comfort foods? What special dinners take you back to your childhood?