I was very happy to finally find a recipe for aji de gallina. This was great, but an entire loaf of bread was too much--the end product was way too thick and tasted like white bread. Next time I will try half a loaf. I also doubled the aji for more flavor. Edit: A few adjustments can make this recipe restaurant quality. Making homemade chicken stock is a beautiful thing, but I usually don't have time. I like to use rotisserie chicken (for a “pollo a la brasa” flair) and store-bought chicken broth. Use 4-6 slices of bread (I like to use homemade whole wheat bread, and I think it contributes to the nutty flavor). Double the parmesan cheese. Make sure you use aji paste, not powder (find it at the Latino market). Double, or even triple, the aji for more flavor (you can add more to individual plates when serving if some members of your family like more spice). Also, I have successfully used almonds when I had no walnuts. The sauce thickens a lot as it cools, so keep adding chicken broth as needed. Last time I used 2-2 ½ cups total for the recipe. I think the olives give the dish a wonderfully distinctive Peruvian flair, but they are an acquired taste (hence the nickname "mata gringos"). Love this dish--thanks for sharing the recipe, Emma!
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I was very happy to finally find a recipe for aji de gallina. This was great, but an entire...