Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Chicken Pot Pie

Here is a great and comforting meal for your cool fall evenings! Chicken Pot Pie. This recipe makes two 9 inch pies - one for dinner and one for the freezer. It is a bit time consuming - but worth it!

Pastry for 2 double crust pies (9 inch)
2 c. diced peeledp otatoes
1 3/4 c. sliced carrots
2/3 c. chopped onion
1 c. butter or margarine
1 c. flour
1 3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. thyme
3/4 tsp. pepper
3 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. milk
4 c. cooked, cubed chicken
1 c. frozen corn (or substitute one can drained whole kernel corn)
1 c. frozen peas (optional)

Place potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, thyme, and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for two minutes or until thickened. Add the chicken, peas, corn, potatoes and carrots. Remove from heat. Line 2 - nine inch pie plates with bottom pastry. Fill with chicken mixture. Roll out remaining pastry to fit tops. Cut slits in tops. Place over filling, trip, seal and flute edtes. Bake one pie at 425 for 35-40 minutes. Cover and freeze remaining pie for up to three months. To use frozen pie: shield frozen pie crust edges with foil; place on a bakin sheet. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes and then reduce heat to 350. Bake an additional 70-80 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

The one shown above is a made in a mini pie tin and I used some extra dough to cut out a leaf shape and embellish the top!


Mary Ann said...

I make these 2 at a time too! Chicken Pot Pie, in my opinion, is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Your sauce/gravy recipe is different than mine. I may try it out as it sounds very yummy! Love the mini pie. So cute! My mom used to make mini apple pies complete with streusel topping for our school lunches. She used the leftover pot pie pans. Now, I think wow! she went to a lot of work for us! But it's those special things that sweet memories are made of!

Monica Wilkinson said...

Yes, I was all excited to get the mini pie tins from the pot-pies I bought recently. And, guess what?! They are now cardboard so that the pot pie can be microwaved - yes, I think that pretty much sums up our hurry up and have everything instantly culture! I agree with you that pot pie is a wonderful comfort food!

A Hopeful Hollar Knits said...

Oh, this looks so good. We have some elderly folks from church needing dinners brought to them. I was having a tough time deciding what to take. I think you solved the problem. Thanks!