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  • 2 round or oval crusty Italian sandwich rolls
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • 1 can (6-ounce) solid light tuna packed in olive oil, undrained (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers, rinsed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Baby spinach leaves


  1. Slice rolls in half through middle. Pick out some of bread from top and bottom halves to create a slight depression. Place roll bottoms on a platter. Brush insides lightly with oil, if using.
  2. Combine tuna, onion, celery, capers, juice and a pinch of pepper flakes; mix well. Spoon onto reserved roll bottoms. Cover with spinach and roll tops. Top with a bacon press or another platter with some heavy canned goods placed on top. Let stand 15 minutes for flavors to blend.
Recipe by Sharon Sanders

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