Pawpaw is apparently very healthy, though possibly overpriced in Western Australia.
The flavour of the filled pawpaw goes very well with the chicken curry which also has apple and fresh pineapple in it. If you do not have a sweet fresh pineapple, use tinned pineapple which would work equally well.
Team this with a creamy spinach and potato mash, and you have a very enjoyable, well balanced meal.
Ingredients For the chicken curry 220 g chicken
¼ cup onion, chopped
¼ cup celery, chopped
½ cup apple, chopped
Small clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup plain flour
½ tbsp curry powder
¼ tsp dry mustard
Bit of salt
2 chicken stock cubes
1¼ cups hot water
2 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp chutney
¼ cup pineapple, chopped
For the mash 500 g potatoes, peeled
Bit of butter
1 clove garlic
80 g baby spinach
125 ml cream
Method For the chicken
I used chicken breast but thigh would also work - grill, fry or boil the chicken. When cool enough "pull" it into shredded chicken pieces.
Melt a bit of butter in a pan and add the onion, celery, apple and garlic.
Cook for five minutes.
Mix the flour, curry, mustard, a bit of salt, and add to these vegetables.
Dissolve the stock cubes in water, pour over the vegetable mixture and stir until the mixture thickens.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 160° fan forced.
Add the shredded chicken, chutney, yoghurt and pineapple to the vegetable mixture.
Cut the pawpaw in half lengthways and with a spoon, remove the white film and any trace of seeds.
Fill this pawpaw with the chicken mixture.
Put on some baking paper on a tray, and cook for about 25 minutes.
You could serve it with boiled rice if you did not want to go to the trouble of making the mash.
For the mash
Boil, or microwave the chopped potatoes until tender. Drain.
Melt some butter in a pan, and add the garlic and spinach.
Cook for a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
Blend the spinach mixture with half the cream.
I ended up not blending this as I find a blender too difficult to get small quantities out of, however it would look nicer if it was blended!
Mash the warm potatoes until smooth, and stir in the spinach puree, and the remaining cream.
Serve a dollop or two of this mash with each filled pawpaw.