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Chicken Pot Pie Servings: 6 - By Julie Garfield (based on a recipe from my mother-in-law, Lois Garfield)
Crust: ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon celery seed 2-3 tablespoon milk Sauce: ⅓ cup butter ⅓ cup chopped onion ⅓ cup flour ½ teaspoon salt pepper to taste 1 ¾ cup chicken broth ⅔ cup milk Chicken and Vegetables* 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken 3-4 ounces oven roasted, cubed potatoes 3-4 ounces oven roasted, cubed carrots 3-4 ounces frozen peas Serve with: Green salad with fruit
1. For pie crust, use pastry blender to mix shortening, flour, salt, and celery seed. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough just comes together. On a floured surface, roll dough into a square big enough to cover an 8x8 inch pan. Cut slits in pastry, cover dough, and set aside.
2. For sauce, melt butter and add onions. Briefly cook over medium heat and add flour, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat until thick and bubbly. Take off heat and gradually stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in chicken and vegetables. Grease 8x8 inch pan and cover with pastry. Pot pie can be refrigerated to be baked later.
3. When ready to bake, heat oven to 400°. Bake pot pie for 30-35 minutes until bubbling.
*I often bake a pan of chicken breasts with potatoes cut in wedges and carrots cut in sticks, tossing with olive oil, salt, pepper and sometimes thyme or sage. This can be served as a meal, but I make sure to fix extra so that I can make pot pie.
Lois’s version uses a 10 ounce package of frozen peas and carrots in place of the roasted veggies and 1 teaspoon of celery seed in the crust.
Greens: Spring mix Arugula Kale, chopped and massaged Fruit: Chopped apples Sliced pears Dried cranberries Cheese: Crumbled blue cheese Goat cheese Cheddar cheese Nuts and seeds: Sunflower seeds Nuts Basic Vinaigrette: Balsamic vinegar Olive oil Salt Pepper Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing: ¼ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard ¾ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon pepper
1. Choose at least one item from each category or add your own favorite.
2. Toss together or layer.
3. Whisk together vinaigrette or salad dressing. Serve on the side or add just before serving.