Sunday, January 23, 2011

mmmmm . . . . . . . chicken pot pies

We've been working hard over the past year on changing our diets and have been eating much healthier foods overall.  But every once in a while we crave a good stick-to-our-bones meal, especially on a grey Sunday afternoon.  So I made some chicken pot pies from a recipe I found on  I had some 6" puff pastry squares, so I made mine in individual ramekins.  They turned out really delicious.  

1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped carrot
1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. melted butter
1 c. frozen tiny English peas
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. flour
2 c. chicken broth
1 c. half & half
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 c. diced cooked chicken
2 (17 1/4 oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. half & half

Saute onion, celery and carrot in butter for 10 minutes. Stir in peas and flour, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add broth and 1 cup half & half; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly. Stir in salt and pepper. Add chicken, stirring well. Ladle chicken mixture into oven-proof bowl(s), filling to within 3/4 inch of rim. Set aside.

Roll pastry sheets to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut pastry 1/2 inch larger than bowl(s). Combine egg yolk and 1 tablespoon half & half. Brush one side of pastry. Place brushed side down over bowl(s), folding edges under and pressing firmly to sides of bowl. Brush top with remaining egg mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until top is puffed and browned. Yields: 6 servings.

Substituting diced Yukon Gold potatoes for the celery was the only change I made.  

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