Tuna fritters with easy cheese sauce (1959)

Vintage 50s recipe - Tuna fritters with cheese sauce (1959)

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Cheese sauce in 3 minutes… and tuna fritters

New ideas for Lent! Real homemade

Imagine! Your own homemade cheese sauce in 3 minutes. No flour or shortening needed because of the evaporated milk’s double richness. Delicious over tuna fritters, a new kind of fritters that stay moist, won’t crumble, thanks to Carnation.

Tuna fritters with cheese sauce recipe (1959)

Vintage 50s recipe - Tuna fritters with cheese sauce (1959)

Tuna fritters with easy cheese sauce

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose biscuit mix
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup Carnation undiluted evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups tuna (or diced, cooked ham)
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Fat or oil for frying
  • 1-2/3 cups Carnation undiluted evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated processed American cheese


  1. Blend biscuit mix, seasoned salt, egg, evaporated milk and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
  3. Drop from teaspoon into deep hot fat (375 degrees F) or into 1/2 inch hot fat in frying pan.
  4. Fry 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
  5. Turn and fry on other side.
  6. Drain on absorbent paper.
  7. Prepare cheese sauce, starting by simmer evaporated milk and salt in a sauce pan to just below boiling (about 2 minutes).
  8. Add cheese, and stir until thickened and smooth (about 1 minute longer).
  9. Serve at once with fritters.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 921Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 208mgSodium: 2295mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 59g

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