With this one from the Herald Sun ‘Second time around’ column, there’s a combination of two great things – ham and barbeque. Or maybe it’s three if you add in fresh pineapple………..
As more and more Australians are deciding that a hot Christmas lunch is a bit silly in our climate, this 1970s cold Chicken Loaf could be worth trying. It has the added benefit of being made the day before and you only need turn it out and slice it on Christmas Day. A great way to cut down the stress of the big day.
When I was young the Christmas treat was a roast chicken this could involve killing, plucking and cleaning the bird and was a major job. There was no such thing as frozen chicken so the effort in cooking a chicken made it very special. From chicken we seemed to have moved onto turkey for Christmas, but it’s not everyone’s favourite, especially the dried out leftovers. I found this old 1968 roast duck recipe in the collection and I thought it might be of interest. It has Bread Sauce to go with it, something I’ve never tried. So maybe it’s time for a change and return to the 1960s!!!
There’s so many different wrapped meatloaf recipes around. There’s recipes for them wrapped in bacon, prosciutto and puff pastry. What makes this a bit different is that it’s rolled up like a Swiss roll and the pastry is inside as well. This old recipe uses a packet of chicken supreme soup to sop up the moisture, don’t think that’s available any more, but cream of chicken soup should do the job instead.
You can tell this is an old recipe as it gives directions to soak the chickpeas overnight. Of course you can still do that, but it’s much easier now to just buy tinned chickpeas. It makes the recipe a lot quicker and easier to make as you can cut out the first couple of steps and go straight to frying the onions, garlic and pepper.