Southwest Tuna Casserole with Curly Idaho® Fries

Crispy, curly Idaho® potato fries add crunch-not to mention great flavor-to this Southwestern-style casserole.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 16-ounce jars thick, chunky salsa (or 4 cups homemade salsa)
  • 28-ounce package Idaho® potato seasoned curly fries (see below)
  • 10-ounce package frozen peas
  • 8-ounce package shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (or other reduced-fat cheese)
  • 12-ounce tin white tuna in water, drained well
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish (glass, ceramic or enamel) with cooking spray.
  2. Spread 1 cup of salsa over the bottom of the casserole. Add 1/2 the package of curly fries (use up all broken bits here, in order to save the best curls for the topping). Evenly distribute peas on top of potatoes. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese over the peas.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine tuna and remaining 3 cups salsa. Stir in the taco seasoning, if desired. Spoon mixture evenly over the cheese layer. Cover casserole and bake 35 minutes; remove from oven.
  4. Turn oven up to 450° F. Uncover casserole and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Arrange remaining curly fries on top. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes until cheese is melted and fries are crispy.

Notes:

If seasoned fries are not available, mix 1 tablespoon paprika with 1 teaspoon white pepper and 1 teaspoon onion powder; toss with frozen fries before adding to recipe.

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Yield: 8 Servings
Calories: 390
Sodium: 1999 mg
Fat: 14 g
Protein: 22 g
Cholesterol: 38 mg

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