Finger Foods: Tuna Cheddar Bites

I never thought I’d have a go-to repertoire of finger food recipes, but I do.  These recipes aren’t for cocktail parties either, though I could use a cocktail while I serve them to my toddler.  Nope, ever since the Little decided she didn’t want to be spoon fed and started using utensils like drumsticks, I’ve resorted to finding as many healthy finger food recipes as I can.

Here’s one that is hit or miss for R, but I keep making them because I LOVE them! It’s a recipe I found at Simple Bites, and it’s SO yummy! These Tuna Cheddar Bites are simple to make and use some pantry essentials so you probably don’t have to go to the store to get ingredients. Here’s the last remaining Bite after mommy devoured the rest.


Here’s the Recipe from Simple Bites:
1 170g can of tuna, drained
1/3 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
2 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 325F and lightly grease a 12-cup mini muffin tin.
Put the drained tuna into a bowl and use a wooden spoon to break it apart into very small flakes. Mix in the sour cream, tomato paste, sweet onion and parsley.
In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and the salt. Add them to the tuna mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Add the cheese and mix.
Divide the mixture between the mini muffin cups; I used a 1 1/2 Tablespoon ice cream scoop. Bake tuna cheddar bites for 15-17 minutes or until they are set.
Remove bites from oven and let stand in the tins for 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife or offset spatula to loosen around the edges of the bites and remove them from the tin. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
These bites reheat beautifully, which means you can double up on a batch and freeze half for quick lunch fixes. To reheat: bake from frozen at 350F for 12-15 minutes.

*I swapped Italian parsley for cilantro, and added greek yogurt instead of the sour cream.  And guess what? It was delicious.

Some days R can eat a few of these, and some days she’ll just take a nibble.  Toddlers are fickle about foods, so try these out and see what yours thinks.  If they don’t like it, you’ve got a delicious protein packed treat for yourself.