Golden Tuna Shortcake – A Mid-Century Lenten Recipe Test

Posted on Apr 16 2014 - 4:46am by RetroRuth

This week we are having tuna! Tuna covered with Velveeta. Mmmm…mmm! Tom’s favorite.


This is Golden Tuna Shortcake!

Golden Tuna Shortcake

Golden Tuna Shortcake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tbls baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 - 6.5 ounce cans tuna (I bought tuna in pouches)
  • 2 Tbls chopped onion
  • 1.5 Tbls chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped sweet pickle
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lb Velveeta
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter or margarine.
  2. Beat egg and add it to ½ cup milk. Blend into flour mixture. Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out ⅓ inch thick and cut into two 9 inch circles. (Or you can pat dough out on parchment paper sprayed lightly with Pam.)
  3. Toss together drained tuna, ¼ cup milk, onion, parsley, sweet pickle and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place one shortcake on greased baking sheet and spread with filling. Place other shortcake on top. Bake in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done.
  5. For the sauce, simply melt Velveeta in a double boiler and gradually add a ¼ cup milk.
  6. Here's the crowing glory for your shortcake (and for dozens of other main dishes). Place shortcake on a serving dish and cut into six wedges before pouring over cheese sauce.

This excellent recipe was sent to us (just in time for Lent!) by Amy and Kathleen!

Thank you so much, Amy and Kathleen. Any time I can find an excuse to feed Tom processed cheese, I am happy.


I didn’t feel like rolling out the dough for the biscuit crust, so I just drew some circles on a piece of parchment paper and pressed them out.


It actually turned out pretty well. I HATE trying to scrape dough off of my countertop, and this eliminated that step. I was just able to peel the parchment off and put them onto the baking sheet.


Interesting fact: Even though this looks like tuna salad, there is no mayo in this. The recipe actually called for milk rather than mayo.


Mmmm…giant tuna sandwich.


This actually did pretty well in the oven. I was surprised. I thought it would have a difficult time baking in the middle, but everything came out just right.


Well, it was just right. Then I slathered it with half a pound of melted Velveeta.


Not that I don’t like Velveeta, but poor Tom practically had tears in his eyes.



“How is it?”



“It’s a little dry.”

The Verdict: Dry, But Not Bad

From The Tasting Notes –

This wasn’t as horrible as we expected it to be. It tasted a little bit like a tuna melt, even though it was a little dry. Not that I am complaining about that. I thought it would totally be a gooey, disgusting mess, so to have it on the opposite spectrum was actually a relief.  Even allowing for the horrors of pasteurized, processed cheese food (Tom’s least favorite thing in the whole world), there was something not quite right about this. If I were to make this again, I would make the biscuit crust into a cheese biscuit crust and add more flavor to the tuna layer. Oh, and I would replace the Velveeta with real cheese sauce. I actually think with a few tweaks this recipe might actually be really good.

Thank you again, Amy and Kathleen!

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lydia April 16, 2014 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Have you heard of the tool called a bench scraper? Not being sarcastic, I only heard about it a few years ago, and now it’s indispensable to me. That’s exactly what you need to clean your counters- and cut up butter, divide dough, pick up ingredients off the cutting board- it’s very useful.

  2. amy April 16, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    So Great, your husband’s expressions are hilarious! lol Thank you again!

  3. veg-o-matic April 16, 2014 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Whoa. Poor Tom hasn’t made a face like that in quite some time.

  4. Betty Homemaker April 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    My mom used to make something that looks suspiciously like this when I was growing up and we LOVED it. A little hint: rather than using Velveeta, her recipe called for a can of Campbell’s Cheese Soup diluted with milk and heated up for a lovely, runny cheese sauce. I find Velveeta to be pretty thick and dry, so maybe a runnier sauce would help the overall product to be less dry?

  5. Amorette April 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I LOVE that giant biscuit! I must try this.

  6. Tipsykit April 18, 2014 at 1:52 am - Reply

    I bet that a little bit of mayo mixed in with the tuna would have helped with the dryness of the dish.

    I hate tuna, but I like the idea of the giant biscuit sandwich. I think I’m going to try replacing the tuna filling with pulled pork or chicken with BBQ sauce and top it off with a variation on my mac and cheese sauce (which includes beer, sharp cheddar, and American cheese, among other things.)

  7. Danielle Blake April 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Another tool that’s great for keeping the pastry mess contained: a pastry cloth!

    I hadn’t used one before this last year but it greatly reduced the mess of my holiday baking.

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