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July 13, 2011

Tuna Pizza on The Mid-Century Menu – Contest Finalist #2

By RetroRuth

There is a first time for everything, even on the Mid-Century Menu! (Check out this post with bigger pictures on the Mid-Century Menu) And this post has the honor of containing two firsts: The first time we have had the same exact same entry from two contestants AND the first time we have featured this:


Yes! *Enthusiastic head nodding* Check out this “handy new way” to make tuna pizza. Which begs the question: What was the old way?

But still, I was floored. Tuna on pizza! Tuna!!!!! Can you believe it? I couldn’t. And I was really excited when I saw it.

And so were two other people.

Bob writes:

This is from the March 1958 issue of Family Circle comes Tuna Pizza! This recipe has so many mid-century things going for it:

1. It’s a “quick ‘n easy” recipe that looks like far too much trouble for the end result (that crust looks like a pain to make.)

2. There is at least one ingredient or step that is cringe-inducing (“Mix ½ cup Pet Evaporated Milk, ¾ cup Parmesan cheese and ½ teaspoon onion salt. Let stand to thicken.”)


3. The math just doesn’t work no matter how you try: Biscuits + Evaporated Milk + Ketchup + Tuna do not, I repeat do not equal Pizza.

4. Ketchup? On Pizza? Seriously?

5. Really, it seems like the kind of thing Mom would serve when she’s mad at the family.

And Sharon writes:

The final tuna tempter is the unique Tuna Pizza with a crust made from biscuits topped with a double layer of sauce – one made from evaporated milk! The recipe is the selling feature for Pet Evaporated Milk, and appeared in the March 1958 edition of Everywoman’s magazine. There is no blanket of nippy shredded cheese over the pizza, just beautiful, naked chunks of canned tuna to tingle your taste buds!

Thanks for running this great contest!

No, thank YOU Sharon and Bob, for sending me this…this masterpiece of…ridiculousness. Words seriously fail me. Seriously.

And you know what time it is when words fail me.  Time to get cooking.


Because I can’t let a challenge like this go unanswered. You guys sent me Tuna Pizza make with biscuits and ketchup and, by God, you are going to get it!


This is the resulting sad approximation of some sort of pizza crust. I was proud that it was at least vaguely round in shape and somewhat thin. I honestly didn’t spend that much time fussing with it because… 


…I figured I was just going to ruin it anyway. By pouring “thickened” evaporated milk and parmesan cheese on it and then… 


…plopping on fat splats of ketchup.



That looks about right.

Then came the all important “adding of the tuna” layer. Which Tom got a great action shot of:


They’re watching me.

Always watching.



Lip-smacking-tastic. This almost doesn’t make me want to throw up.


It even got a little oozy in the oven.

Shhh…if you listen real close…you can almost hear the gagging.


Actually, this shot doesn’t make it look too bad.  If you kind of squint, turn your head sideways and hold your hand over one eye you can sort of pretend it is a BBQ chicken pizza instead of tuna and ketchup.

Yeah…almost got it…


…now! All plated up and ready for the Bridge Club.

The Bridge Club in Hell.

Or just ready for poor, poor Tom.


“Do I really have to eat this?”

“Get too it, Buddy. People are waiting.”



I love that you can immediately see the look of concern.


And then it gets worse.


And worse.


And then he thinks about spitting it out.


Finally, it’s down.


“This is really, really bad. You should totally try it.”

The Verdict: Gross. I had one bite. One. That was it for me. Tuna, ketchup and parmesan are actually worse together than you could ever imagine. And then you slather it on a biscuit and you are heading straight to Insane-ville. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Thank you Bob and Sharon for a highly entertaining finalist! I wish I would have gotten a picture of Tom’s face when he saw the recipe. It was equal parts horror, terror and panic. Truly a moment for the ages!

Stay tuned for next Wednesday’s post, where another finalist for “Let’s Sing A Tune To Tuna” will be revealed!!

*Note: And yes, some eagle-eyed readers will note that I DID forget the onion salt! Oops! Well, if it makes you feel better, nothing was going to save this one!

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10 Responses to Tuna Pizza on The Mid-Century Menu – Contest Finalist #2

  1. Beverly Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 6:36 am

    euuuwww icky feed it to the cats!

  2. ae Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I should not have read this first thing in the morning. I feel sick. Looks like the worse recipe ever to me!

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Oh gosh, this makes my stomach hurt. I remember one time when I was a kid, making “pizza” out of white bread and ketchup with cheese on top. Just the thought of ketchup on pizza reminds me of that. Nor less the tuna. Bleck-o-rama.

  4. Miri Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Our local pizza parlor always puts little packets of ketchup in the box…go figure!

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Oh, and I LOVE your Kitty Committee!

  6. Maya Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

    “…with real heart-of-Italy flavor-”

    Aaah, yes. This masterpiece positively transports me to Naples…

  7. RetroRuth Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Beverly – They weren’t interested once the tuna was covered in ketchup! 🙂

    AE – I know, right? Super gross, super early!

    Eartha – We did some crazy stuff as kids, huh? I remember I used to eat Miracle Whip sandwiches, which is basically what it sounds like, Miracle Whip on white bread. Crazy!

    Miri – It must be an old school place!!!

    Eartha – They are pretty funny, huh?? You can almost tell that the other two hate the black kitty, they refuse to stand on the same side with her!

    Maya – Yep, can’t get more authentic than that. 🙂

  8. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    OMG!!! You ate mayo sandwiches too?!?! I seriously LOVED those when I was a kid!

    I have to say the pics almost do trick you into thinking it tastes good, but once you picture tuna and ketchup together together – YUCK!!! It’s almost amazing pizza wasn’t banned all together after this recipe came out. 🙂

  9. Diana Reply

    July 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I was in Slovakia this past week and was with someone who ordered pizza in a mall. It was a “meat deluxe” or something like that, and had tuna on it!

  10. Cynthia Reply

    September 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Is it weird to have tuna pizza? Or is it just the combination of ketchup and tuna the weird factor? Because I live in Holland and I always order tuna pizza when eating pizza. Although in Holland it’s made with the standard tomato sauce, cheese (Dutch ofcourse!), sometime red onion, tuna and sometime mozzarella. It’s yummie, besides the red onion, can’t stand them!

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