This light and zesty dish is a mating of the soft, moist filling from Curry Crescents, and either chilled lettuce leaves, crisp crackers, or bread rounds, as you please. With the lettuce, it is an engaging cold supper for the warm months. Spread on crackers or on thin, toasted rounds of good bread, it is a welcome change from pâté, perfect as an hors d’oeuvre.
Follow the directions. Cool the mixture, then seal airtight and refrigerate, preferably overnight to develop the flavors. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
For presentation as a cold platter, arrange the individual lettuce leaves in an overlapping spiral around the outside of a large platter, then mound the beef in the center. Invite each guest to wrap a dollop of the beef in a lettuce leaf, and eat it taco-style.
As an hors d’oeuvre, spread the curried beef on crackers or bread and arrange attractively on a serving tray. Or, present the toasts and purée in separate dishes and invite the guests to help themselves.
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