The second part of our Super Bowl Party, to go nicely with the Meat Pops, was a Festive Chicken Salad Log. This sounded promising, since it’s a real recipe rather than something created by a marketing department.
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups finely cut-up cooked chicken
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/4 cup sliced green onions (2 to 3 medium)
3 green pepper rings
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed
3 tablespoons chopped green onion or green pepper
3 tablespoons chopped pitted ripe olives
3 tablespoons chopped pimiento, drained
Crackers or bread rounds
Mix cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, ginger, pepper and pepper sauce. Stir in chicken, eggs and 1/4 cup onions. Shape into log, 8×2 inches. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm about 4 hours.
Cut green pepper rings to make strips. Place strips diagonally across log, dividing into fourths as pictured. Sprinkle sesame seed on 1 section. Repeat with 3 tablespoons onion, the olives and pimiento on remaining sections. Serve with crackers. 10 to 12 servings.
Typically I would just get canned chicken for such a recipe, but I had some about-to-go-off chicken in the fridge that needed to be cooked and used for something. And after a quick poach, it turned out to be a lot tastier than canned chicken anyway — so, yay.
I love having everything prepped ahead of time, so I can just concentrate on cooking instead of measuring.
The sauce has a fairly large number of ingredients.
Much like the meat pop sauce, the cream cheese was hard to smoothly blend in.
I like hard-boiled eggs in a chicken salad, so I’m encouraged by the ingredients.
This was pretty hard to shape into a log, because it was really gooey. I also think we cut the green peppers a little too widely.
Pimentos, olives, green onions, and sesame seeds were sprinkled in their appropriate sections.
(I did forget to toast the sesame seeds, but I don’t think it made much difference.)
This was pretty good! It worked nicely as party food, although trying to scoop directly from the log with a cracker often got messy, and the tasty toppings were eaten far more quickly than the majority of the log. But, the leftovers also worked nicely for chicken sandwiches for Monday lunchboxes.
This Festive Chicken Salad Log comes from 1975 and was shared with the Internet by Vintage Recipe Cards.