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OSCARS APPY WEEK: CURRIED CHICKEN PUFFS

The Oscars are on Sunday. If you're planning a big party, chances are you need appetizer (or as the cool people call them, appy) ideas. We'll offer a few this week. This one comes from the "Women of Great Taste" cookbook.

INGREDIENTS

Pastry:

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

2 eggs, room temperature

Curried chicken filling:

1 1/2 cups sliced almonds

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 cups cooked, diced chicken

3 tablespoons chopped chutney

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease two large baking sheets. In a medium saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil. Add flour and salt all at once. Using a wooden spoon, stir vigorously over low heat until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each until mixture is smooth and glossy. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto prepared sheets, making 32 small puffs. Bake until puffed and firm to the touch, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely. Cut off top of each puff and fill with chicken mixture.

Curried chicken filling: Saute almonds in butter until lightly browned. In a large bowl, blend cream cheese and mayonnaise. Stir in almonds and remaining ingredients and chill. Makes 32 pieces.

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