Tuna, Cheese & Corn Dinner Pie

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

This is an old, old, OLD recipe that I cut out of a Reader's Digest magazine a bazillion years ago.  Its from Pillsbury flour.  There are a whole variety of different kinds you can make. This tuna version is one of our favourites.  You make a kind of a paste and spread it into a pan, fill it with your filling ingredients and then pour a mixture over top and bake. It is very similar to a quiche, but a lot easier as there is no making of pastry!  The paste bakes up to create a crust all on it's own!

As you know, each month I an the lucky recipient of a Degustabox. When I saw the contents of the January Box I immediately knew the recipe I wanted to make, highlighting one of the products of the box.  There were several reasons for this.  First we love Tuna, and secondly I thought it was the product in the box that would lend itself best to use in a recipe. Oh, I know I could have made Tuna Sandwiches, but why settle for a sandwich when you can have a dinner pie!

I love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas box. Always a surprise and always filled with things I want to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes!!  This box actually arrived several weeks ago, but it has taken me a few weeks to get stuck in and try the articles which arrived in the box! Here is what I received.

PULSIN Vanilla Whey Protein Powder 1 X £1.99

The NEW Vanilla Whey Protein powder is rich in essential amino acids and high in calcium which is vital for muscles and bones. With 22g of protein per 25g serving, the natural powder is vegetarian, low fat, made using hormone-free milk from UK grass-fed cows and has no added sugar. The powder can be added to a milk of choice or water to create a handy and healthy protein shake. It can also be added to other recipes such as smoothies and breakfast bowls to provide a protein boost. It is available in 25g single-serve sachets and 250g pouches. 

PULSIN Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Booster 1 X £1.59
Looking for a scrumptious bar with a boost of protein? Then snack a Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster! With a cookie dough taste and texture, plenty of dairy free choc chips and packing 13g of plant based protein it's a healthy and filling snack.  

These Pulsin products are really great for anyone who is recovering from radio therapy or cancer treatments or an illness of any kind that needs to build up their system. Protein powder got Todd through his treatments.  I like that the powder is high protein and sugar free! Great for Diabetics I would think, such as myself.

EXPLORE CUISINE Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine 1 X £3.00
Explore Cuisine original range of pastas were developed by our founder who was searching for a protein rich alternative to traditional spaghetti. The result was a BEAN powered pasta that is great in taste and texture and provides our highest amount of plant-based protein and fibre per serving with the lowest level of carbohydrates. Our Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine contains 22 g of protein per 50 g serving, almost 3 x more than regular pasta. 

I havaen't actually used this yet, but I am keen to try it out. As a Diabetic I think it might be very friendly as it is low in carbs and sugars and high in protein!  Bonus!
HERSHEY'S Cookies'n'Cream 5 Pack Snack Pack 1 X £1.00
 HERSHEY'S Cookies 'n' Creme Candy bars are a unique twist on a classic flavor combination. Enjoy crunchy chocolate cookies and smooth white creme in each delicious bite.  

Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy these myself, but Todd really enjoyed.

Columbian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating

A mild blend for light, oven-baked, crunchy bites. Use our simple blend to make delicious Colombian-inspired crunchy chicken bites in your oven. We use corn, instead of wheat, to get that extra crispiness which is loved by adults and kids alike, making it perfect for a family night in.

I haven't used this coating mix yet, but I am not unfamiliar with Latin American Kitchen.  They are my go to product when considering Mexican food. I use their tortillas all the time, as well as their sauces, etc.

CLIPPER Everyday Organic Tea   gift sample

A beautifully rich, full-bodied black tea blend from some of the world's finest organic tea gardens. All our organic products are grown in a way that preserves the natural balance of the environment and we were the first tea company to use unbleached tea bags! Clipper products are made with pure, natural ingredients and a clear conscience.

*A sample size product was included in the Degustabox. The full-sized version can be purchased at £3.69 for a box of 100 teabags. 

We don't drink black tea, (for religious reasons) so I am unable to give an opinion on this product.

A coconut marshmallow bar that is 100% melt in your mouth gooey deliciousness. These Mallow & Marsh bars are handmade in England using only natural ingredients and they are under 100 calories each. 

Okay, I confess, this was just too tempting and I did enjoy a bite of it.  YUM!

LIGHTERLIFE FAST Ready to Drink Shakes 2 X £2.49

The diet that works around you! 2 days each week replace all of your meals with 4 LighterLife Fast products (available exclusively from Superdrug and Superdrug.com). These delicious ready to drink shakes can be enjoyed as part of the Fast plan, as a quick protein hit or meal replacement.

For more information and to register for the free LighterLife Fast plan go to www.lighterlifefast.com.

I haven't used these yet either.  

 Miso Tasty Ramen Noodle Kits are perfect for tasty and easy mealtimes. A true cupboard lifesaver! Our noodles are accompanied by our signature miso soup base plus a seaweed garnish for an authentic experience. This spicy flavour provides a warming, zesty base for a quick noodle meal that famously hails from Sapporo, Japan. Simply add your own toppings! 
Made from dried, not fried noodles
100% natural - free from MSG and additives

Suitable for Vegetarians

Easy meal in 10 minutes

Serves 1-2 

I love Miso Soup and Ramen Noodles.  So this was a no-brainer love, love product!

ROBINSONS Fruit Cordial 1 X £2.49
 Robinsons most sophisticated squash yet. New, Robinsons Fruit Cordials is a sophisticated twist to squash with combinations of real fruit and botanical flavours. Contained in a glass bottle, Fruit Cordial is a new more concentrated way to bring a burst of Robinsons' flavour to the dinner table.
*One of three flavours was included in each Degustabox.

I actually think this was my favourite thing in the box. I haven't been able to find it in the shops yet, but as soon as I can, I am buying it. I got the Raspberry, Rhubarb and Orange Blossom one and it is fabulously tasty!

chipotle mayo topping  1 X £1.80

Creamy, hot & smoky. The Chipotle Mayo Topping makes a great addition to any of our Latin American Kitchen range. 

Once again, no stranger to their delicious line of products.


Jordans Juicy Red Berries Frusli Bar: handfuls of zingy cranberries and raisins, all mixed up with British wholegrain oaty awesomeness. 

These were too high in carbs and sugars for me, but Todd enjoyed them very much.

MAHTAY YERBA MATE Sparkling Tea 1 X £1.49

Mahtay is a lightly sparkling drink that was designed with today's busy, health-conscious lifestyle in mind. It blends the ancient energy-giving properties of South American yerba mate with coconut water and açaí berries to deliver refreshing taste, natural energy and supportive health benefits in every drop. Just 45 calories per 300ml bottle. 

I haven't used this yet, but it sounds very tasty and I love that it is low in calories.

WILD PLANET Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks 1 X £3.49
Ranked #1 in the US by Greenpeace for sustainability, pole and line caught Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna - No Salt Added is firm in texture with a rich, clean taste. Remarkably delicious any way you enjoy tuna – in a classic sandwich, atop a salad, mixed into your favourite recipe. Our tuna is hand cut and hand packed -- there is NO added water, broth, oil or fillers. Cooked just once to retain all of the natural juices, Wild Planet tuna is rich in Omega 3 -- simply mix the juices back into the tuna for added flavour and nutrition. A Wild Planet tuna sandwich just may be the best you've ever tasted!  

The Tuna was the product I chose to highlight with a recipe. No surprise there because as a rule I only use albacore tuna in this house!

I may have told you this before but I was shopping in the grocery store one day when I was a very young bride and I was buying canned tuna, and an old Italian Woman stopped me and told me to never buy anything but Albacore tuna, that it was the best.  She actually insinuated that other tunas were garbage in comparison (her words, not mine.)  In any case, I have only ever bought Albacore tuna when I can get it since then. Albacore tuna is a larger fish with a lighter colored flesh, a firmer texture, and a milder flavor than the solid or chunk light fish varieties.  Simply put. I like it best. 

It IS the best.  Oh, I know it is a bit expensive, but what good fish isn't?  A tin of this at £3.49 will feed a family of six when mixed into a casserole, and that is a lot less than steak or chicken.  So as far as I am concerned, its good value for money. 

Aside from making very delicious sandwiches, tuna is a wonderful main meal ingredient, especially when baked into a tasty quiche/pie such as this one! 

It goes together quickly and its really delicious.  I suppose you could have it with chips on the side, but we had it with a delicious salad, made from mixed baby greens and chunks of steamed beetroot! It makes a perfect mid-week supper dish! 

*Tuna, Cheese & Corn Dinner Pie*
Serves 6
A delicious dinner pie that makes its own crust! Quick and easy to make.  All you need is a salad on the side. 

For the crust:
70g plain flour (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
55g of white vegetable fat (1/4 cup)
60g sour cream (1/4 cup)
1 medium free range egg, lightly beaten
For the filling:
1 (142g) tin of solid albacore tuna, drained and flaked (6 1/2 ounces)
75g frozen sweetcorn, thawed (1/2 cuup
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
120g grated strong cheddar cheese (1 cup, sharp)
1 medium free range egg, beaten
1 TBS flour
180ml milk (3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
salt and black pepper to taste  

Preheat the oven to 225*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Butter and lightly flour the bottom and sides of a 9 inch metal or a 10 inch glass pie dish.  Set aside. 

Put all of the ingredients for the crust into a small blender, food processor and blitz to combine well. Spread this batter thinly on the bottom of the dish and thickly up the sides to within 1/4 inch of the rim. In the following order layer, tuna, sweetcorn,onion,  and cheese into the crust.  Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over top. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and the filling is set.  Serve cut into wedges. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley flakes to serve if desired.  

Every box does include an information card, along with some other bits, recipes, etc. from the brands included.  I find it really handy to have, to know about the products a bit more and to also know how much the products would cost if I went on to buy them, and also for ideas on how to use some of them.

So, that was the January  Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com  Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of the Degustabox October 2017 box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Note - Although I was sent a box free of charge any and all opinions are my own.
Bon appetit! 


  1. Replies
    1. I live in fear of it breaking and not being able to find another one! xo

  2. Made this today. Really tasty. It's definitely a keeper....for me. Hubby prefers fresh, from garden or sea.

    1. So pleased it was enjoyed Linda! Fresh is best, I agree! xo


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