Sunday, February 5, 2012

Remember the Fancy Chicken Log

My mother-in-law, known as Nana, was a wonderful Grandma. She was active and loving and spoiled her grandchildren with affection and attention. She made sure that diapers were changed promptly, that crayons and coloring books were plentiful and dolls were always invited to the many tea parties she hosted in the playroom. She sewed dresses and outfits and could clean and maintain things like nobody's business. She had many many skills and I learned as much as I could from her until she passed away. It has been 9 years.We still miss her. Fortunately, she left some recipes that we make periodically and every time we do, we remember her fondly. She made homemade tortillas, sugar-free pumpkin pie, and this cheese and chicken ball concoction that was rolled in parsley and pecans. Today, I made that concoction titled "Fancy Chicken Log."  It really is yummy and extremely popular whenever I make it. Bizarre ingredients and a cute little retro flair make it interesting to me. It doesn't hurt that you serve it with your favorite crackers too. Anyway, I felt like sharing it with you. Hope you will give it a shot someday. You'll thank Nana too. ;-)

Fancy Chicken Log
(from Nana's recipe box)

2, 8 oz. packages softened cream cheese
2 tbsp. Heinz 57 sauce
1/2 tsp curry powder
Cream above ingredients well.

1/2 cup finely diced chicken breasts (We always add 1 cup of chicken but the original recipe calls for 1/2. Up to you!)
2 tbsp. finely minced parsley
1/3 cup finely minced celery
Add those ingredients to the cream cheese mixture.

Place mixture on waxed or parchment paper and roll into a log or ball shape, depending on preference. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Chop 1/4 cup pecans and mix with 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley. Remove log/ball from paper and roll in the parsley and nut mixture. Serve with crackers.

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