Recipe: Chicken Salad with Anchovies
As requested in an anchovy thread elsewhere, I offer this, which I am told began at Harry's Bar in Venice. Excellent for little party sandwiches or a cool summer lunch.
1 c. chopped chicken
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 tin anchovies, drained and finely chopped
1/2 small onion, grated
1/4 tsp. (or more) black pepper
1/4 c. mayonnaise
Mix together, chill and do what you will. I will add more onion if all I have are very sweet ones, and as is always true with such things, adjust the mayonnaise to make it the consistency you like. I often up the black pepper a little; its flavor is subtle but pushes the other things forward. Can't imagine you'd need more salt, but one never knows, do one?
Makes about 2 cups.
This intrigued me when you first posted it, lemons, and I made it today with some rotisserie chicken I needed to use up. As you say, plenty of freshly ground pepper makes a big difference, I added quite a bit more than I would have thought, glad you made a point of that. I had very mixed feelings about this at first, to be honest. But I forged ahead and am very glad I did. It seemed to me to require something crispy so I tried it on an Ak Mak and that was good. It also needed some kind of garnish, so I tried (variously) some slices of crisp Armenian cuke, a Wickles Pickle slice (hot and sweet), some cornichon, and some capers. The capers won HANDS DOWN and for me, made this a recipe I will repeat the very next time I have cooked chicken to use up. It is also ideal for using up one's less-favored type of meat from a roast or rotisserie chicken since the chicken is much in the background. Thanks very much for this, lemons, and may I highly recommend a topping of capers.
Just made it for my lunch tomorrow. It's quite good. The anchovies really blend into the background and add saltiness and a hint of fish.
I have a problem with it though. I don't plan on eating it on bread so I doubled the mayo. It was too thick/pasty due to minimal mayo and the egg yolks suck up what mayo is in there and act as a binder. All in all quite tasty and will be made again. Verbatim or as inspiration.