Spicy Tuna Sandwich with Garlic Whistles This recipe is a silly little discovery. It’s just me reporting on a fun way to use garlic whistles. Garlic whistles are the tops of growing garlic plants. They are sold bundled up in a hand sized circle, with the flower just as a beginning bud. If they were left on the garlic plant they would bloom into a typical allum looking flower. When munched on they are wonderfully crunchey and full of spicy garlic flavor.

The world of tuna sandwich lovers can be split into two groups- crunchie lovers and straight up tuna-philes. It’s kind of like whether you prefer your Ben and Jerry’s smooth or with good bits in the ice cream too. I used to be a straight up tuna gal, but various forces showed me a new side to tuna sandwiches. I love tuna sadwiches with bacon bits and halved grapes… though I don’t often admit it in public!

This tuna concoction is a nice way to use the garlic whistles you have been seeing in farmers’ markets this season, with out going too crazy with sandwich additions…

Spicy Tuna Sandwich with Garlic Whistles Spicy Tuna Sandwich with Garlic Whistles

To one drained can of good tuna add: (remember to give your drained tuna water to your kitty!)

  • just enough mayonaise to goo it all up
  • one tsp of chili garlic paste
  • a couple tablespoons of sliced garlic whistle
  • a little splash of lemon juice
  • a good grinding of black pepper

Slather on toasted wheat bread and you’re set!


posted June 28th, 2005 at 3:51 am

I got hold of some garlic scapes (Scots English for garlic whistle, I guess?) at a Farmers Market in Edinburgh some 1,5 weeks ago and used some of them to spice up a tuna-mayonnaise sandwich filling that I made last week. I wrote about it on my recently set up blog yesterday – just like you:) What a coincidence!
I might try to spice up the filling next time with some chilli, just like you suggest. Thanks for the idea.
And lovely picture!

posted June 28th, 2005 at 7:58 am

hmm, sounds great! btw, have tagged you for the cook next door meme…would love to know your responses!



- J
posted June 28th, 2005 at 2:27 pm

Having never grown garlic before- I was given by my neighbor some early garlic this year. It hadn’t formed into cloves yet- each bulb was a lovely clove of garlic- the best I’ve ever had.

I was wondering about the “whistles” as I have been watching the buds bloom (picture posted in yesterday’s blog, incidentally)… and wondered how I could use them.

Thank you for the idea- I will try this! My normal tuna recipe is mayo (not too much) dijon mustard, cracked pepper, dill weed, parsley flakes, and diced onion and diced celery if I have it on hand. Dill in tuna is great!

- blu
posted June 28th, 2005 at 6:25 pm

thank you for the “Current Inspiration” pavement artist link
wow – absolutely mind blowing

I too am very smitten with these pieces- they are amazing! My first exposure to anamorphis in art was a famous Holbein piece with a stretched skull across the bottom of the work. Here’s an article that goes into Holbein’s anamorphosis more specifically. Its an interesting intersection between math, physics and art.


- sam
posted October 17th, 2005 at 9:06 am

Great recipe and I couldn’t agree with you more on your comments about tuna lovers. I used to hate tuna, but I was converted a few years ago (I find many people grew up disliking tuna before turning into tuna lovers, was this the case with you as well?). It wasn’t long before I went from liking tuna sandwiches to loving them. For the most part, I’m in your “straight up tuna-phile” category, loving sandwiches that are piled high with tuna salad. I know a lot of crunchy tuna sandwich lovers too though. Anyway thanks a lot for your recipe and insights!

- DM
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