A spread for your bread.

23 09 2010

Because it’s Wednesday. And because it’s a night out at the movies with the girls. And because I’m planning on stuffing my face with buttery popcorn. Let’s keep it light, shall we?

What’s lighter than carbs and meat? Maybe water. But who eats water? So I’m making carbs and meat. More like I’m shuffling them together in a wonderful curry spread suitable for any lunch box or pre-popcorn filled stomach.

Curry is dee-licious. But I never thought curry + walnuts + apple + chicken would mesh. Truffles Bistro in Saskatoon showed me the yellowly light one lunch outing and I’ve never doubted curry’s flexibility since.

This recipe is an adaption from what I had at Truffles, so don’t expect fireworks people. I played with ingredients to get the flavour I wanted and you will too. You’ll laugh at the simplicity of it and wonder why you haven’t been eating Curried Chicken Spread for Bread every day.

So let’s get down to the basics. Grab a bowl. Every spread seems to have  mayo or miracle whip – your choice, though it’s true; the flavours are different. Then you need another white-coloured mass for more base (my choice is light sour cream, but you may want heavy cream or yogurt). Throw in some lemon for zing. Mix, mix.

Now comes the most crucial ingredient. Cumin. It seems like people leave this out. I never leave cumin out of anything. Oh yes and you need curry. Throw in a few tablespoons or more – taste, taste. Mix, mix.

Onto the chunks of deliciousness! Chop up about a handful of red onion and throw ‘er in. Cut up half an apple – in she goes. I like to use leftover rotisserie chicken for ease. And add a handful of walnuts. Or sunflower seeds. Definitely need a nutty flavour though. Mix, mix, mix some more.

Add salt. Taste it. Add sugar if needed. Taste it. It’s all about finding the taste you like. Once you’ve almost devoured the entire thing tasting it, take what’s left and spread it on bread from your local bakery. They’ll appreciate your new addiction.

Curried Chicken Spread for Your Bread

2/3 c. mayo

1/2 c. light sour cream

1/8 c. lemon

4 tbs. curry

2 tbs. cumin

Pinch or two of salt

Pinch or two of sugar

1 c. cooked, shredded chicken

1/2 c. apple

1/2 c. walnuts

Combine all ingredients. Taste. Adjust. Spread on bread. Put in mouth.

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