Disclaimer: I am British. I have never made a Tuna Casserole, I have never eaten a Tuna Casserole, I have never even SEEN a Tuna Casserole. Therefore, I have no idea what one might look like, taste like or BE like. Tuna Casseroles, before this week, were a mystery to me. Is Alice Cooper’s Tuna Casserole typical of the genre? I HAVE NO IDEA!
When Fritzi over at Movies Silently popped this recipe up on Twitter and asked if I fancied joining her in a cookalong, of COURSE I accepted! Not least because we had so much fun making the crazy entity that goes by the name of Julie Christie’s Holiday Salad.
But also, looking at Alice’s recipe, it’s got lots of things in it that I like (tuna, cashews, celery, onion…) plus it’s a real “chuck everything together and stick it in the oven” number. Perfect for a quick weeknight din dins.
However, I did not realise that what we Brits think of as Chow Mein Noodles are not at all what the Americans think of as Chow Mein Noodles which you can get in a tin and are crispy.
Luckily Fritzi tipped me off to this and suggested I fry up my dried noodles in a bit of sesame oil. Which I did. I used these…
What was this like? I’m not really sure. It had a very strange texture. CRUNCHY. I think maybe this was because my chopped cashew nuts were left quite large, or maybe it was just the crispy noodles – should I have cooked them first before frying?
I THINK I liked it. It serves 5 and there is loads of it leftover so plenty of time to make my mind up – haha!
Will it freeze? I don’t think so. Methinks I shall be eating this for some time… Not like this chef!
When I first took on this challenge I had planned to watch Wayne’s World, which I haven’t seen for years, as Alice is in it.
But then, I stumbled upon the fact that Alice was also in The Snoop Sisters and I had never seen any of these and had wanted to for ages. I was very excited and grabbed me a copy of them on DVD from ye olde
ALICE WAS GREAT.
Really watchable and totally charismatic. I absolutely LOVED The Snoop Sisters and am planning on writing something about it for the Murder, She Wrote cookbook,
Oooh, a quick plug for my upcoming cookalong while I think of it, everyone welcome!
As I was eating the tuna casserole I thought to myself, when movie stars or rock stars are asked by a book publisher or magazine writer for a recipe, they usually provide something that they really, really, really love. This is such an odd recipe I wondered if this was something that Alice ate when he was a kid and he loved it, and perhaps this is now a super comfort food for him. After The Snoop Sisters finished I did a bit of googling and lo and behold…
In an article written in 2010 about Alice Coopers very own eatery called Cooperstown
Alice is talking about his chefs and says, ” The funny thing was watching my mom in the kitchen teaching these guys how to make tuna noodle casserole. “Okay, here’s the noodles. You open up Campbell’s mushroom soup. Here’s the tuna.” They’re trying to add something in, and she goes, “No no no, it’s very simple. You’ve got to keep it simple.” The thing that makes tuna noodle casserole great is to keep it simple. Don’t add things to it. In the end, people will come in there and order ten of them and take them home and put them in the freezer because every once in a while they’ll have a craving for tuna noodle casserole.”
Finding this made me stupidly happy. Especially as I did indeed use Campbell’s mushroom soup for my version!
And I HAVE put some in the freezer, just in case I get a craving for some…
This recipe originally appeared in Cool Cooking: Recipes of Your Favorite Rock Stars published in 1972. I really want a copy, but the cheapest I can find online is £65.35…
Bring on the lottery win!
Fritzi and I are scheduling our reports on this dish to publish at exactly the same time – skip over to Movies Silently to see Fritzi’s take on it – I’ll add a specific link to her post when it’s up – it’s UP – here’s the link…