It’s time to wear white and eat seafood while burying your toes in sand. Savor this Smoked Tuna Spread with Roasted Red Peppers during your next family or romantic picnic on the beach for a festive alternative to homemade sandwiches and lemonade. The bright acidity of lemon and sweet roasted red peppers play well with the smoky and salty punch of the tuna for an array of flavors that mimic a beautiful sunset. It also makes a wicked good tuna melt if that’s more your style.
6-ounce can or jar good tuna packed in oil, drained
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon liquid smoke, preferably Wright’s® Liquid Smoke, Applewood
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup minced roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced chives
Pinch cayenne pepper
Place the chunks of tuna in a large bowl and use a fork to flake the fish. Add the mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice, liquid smoke, salt, and black pepper, then whip the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency. Gently stir in the remaining ingredients until they are evenly distributed throughout the smoked tuna spread. Serve chilled with crostini, crackers, and/or crudité.