Grandma Daly's Tuna and Tater Casserole

Grandma Daly's Tuna and Tater Casserole

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"This tuna casserole is an updated version of a recipe handed down from my grandmother, Elizabeth Kelleher Daly so of course it uses potatoes as its starch. She actually called it California Chicken. I guess to a native Yankee, the joke was that in California, tuna is chicken."


1 h servings 661 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 661 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 35.4 g
  • 54%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.9g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 28.5 g
  • 57%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 597 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the potatoes and carrots into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain vegetables, then cover to keep warm.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook and stir for about 1 minute, whisking out any lumps.
  5. Whisk in the milk until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Flake the tuna, then stir it into the white sauce along with the potatoes, carrots, and peas. Season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Transfer the tuna mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  8. Mix 1/4 cup of melted butter with the crackers together in a bowl.
  9. Sprinkle the cracker mixture over the tuna and potatoes.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven until the sauce is bubbly, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note
  • Use your choice of white or light tuna, packed in water or oil. If you like your peas well cooked, you can add them to the potatoes and carrots, but I find that an hour in the warm sauce in the oven cooks them enough. The original recipe called for canned peas but I don't care for them.
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  1. 16 Ratings


I nearly passed this by because for some reason potatoes and tuna didn't sound that great. I love tuna though, so I thought I'd add this to my list of new attempts...(bein' used to noodles or bi...

Very delicous my children loved it (2&3) I added more veggies red and green peppers,daikon, celery, garlic, onions, potatoes and carrots sliced in food processer but no peas. :) will cook again.

This was so simple to make and very enjoyable. The cracker topping was a nice touch.

Much better than traditional tuna casserole and so delicious! Thank you for the new recipe!

Very good! Followed as is and was tasty. Needed more seasoning, added extra garlic, etc. Pretty time consuming though, and a big mess was made because of seperate pans, pots, etc. Would rec...

For me it was just ok. I needed to add a lot of salt and then added some hot sauce for more flavor. I think I would just prefer a normal tuna casserole w noodles... sorry!

This was a nice change from regular tuna casserole my kids liked it a lot. My only complaint - not sure the extra time was justified since regular tuna casserole is easier and just as tasty, but...

Unfortunately, this recipe did not work for me. It did not thicken up and was more like a soup (I announced to my family it was soup for dinner and we ate it in bowls with spoons). The flavour...

This would be AWESOME with chicken. Otherwise, meh.