You are thinking “Tuna Surprise – sounds a bit weird!” It’s kind of like a tuna sausage roll…’s really yummy! So, this week I tried a recipe for Tuna Fillo Surprise and because of the major change I made to it, I am calling it Tuna Surprise now. I really enjoy the TV show (and associated website) Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield. Her recipes are usually pretty quick and easy to make.

Justine loves her tuna and often uses it in her recipes. I am always looking for different ways to use tuna too (because not all of us in this house love tuna I need ways to make it without it tasting too “tuna-y”).

So I did change a major ingredient in the recipe for Tuna Fillo Surprise: the filo pastry. I don’t like working with filo pastry. It breaks and cracks and dries out and I usually end up a hot mess by the end of it all. So, as a personal sanity saver, I swapped out the filo pastry for puff pastry (sorry Justine!). I love eating filo pastry so if someone made it for me to eat with filo pastry I would eat it gladly, but please don’t make me prepare it! The puff pastry version is delicious too. You will also see from the photos that I didn’t top mine with poppy seeds. Didn’t have any so I just brushed the top with butter and whacked them in the oven.

Tuna Surprise

Here is Justine’s recipe for Tuna Fillo Surprise with my modifications making it just Tuna Surprise:

Justine Schofield
Everyday Gourmet
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4-6

Tuna Fillo Surprise


6 sheets of filo pastry I use 2 sheets of puff pastry (cut each sheet in half lengthways and place filling down the center of each half)
30g butter, melted

Tuna Filling
425g can of tuna in oil, drained
6 spring onions, finely sliced
1 clove garlic
½ bunch silverbeet, finely chopped, wilted
300g ricotta
½ cup Parmesan, grated
4 sprigs dill
Zest ½ lemon
Salt and pepper
1 tbs. poppy seeds (I didn’t have any so left these off)


Pre heat the oven to 180C.

In a large bowl, combine all the tuna filling ingredients. Mix together well.

For the filo, place the pastry on a bench. Brush the filo with the butter. Brush the second piece of filo with butter and then sandwich on top of the first. Repeat the process with the remaining pastry.

Spoon filling on the bottom end of filo, lengthways. Leave a 4 cm border on each side. Fold these sides in. Now fold over to for a sausage roll. Brush with the remaining butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuna Suprise (tuna sausage rolls)

Here is a link to the recipe on the Everyday Gourmet website:

To see more of Justine’s recipes, go here:    Justine’s Recipes

I hope you check this Tuna Surprise recipe out and give it a try. It’s not overly “tuna-y” and great to eat cold in your lunch box the next day. It got the tick of approval from all members of our household!

Trina xx

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