Friday, January 16, 2009
Chicken Pot Pie
Well... yesterday was WICKED cold here... like most of the rest of the country. While I sat at my desk, wondering what to make for dinner on such a cold night, Chicken Pot Pie popped into my mind!
My sister teases me all the time that she's picking up chicken pot pies from Harrow's. We have no place remotely like that here in Pittsburgh. (at least not that I know of!) But I decided I was going to make a fabulous Chicken Pot Pie at home!
While thinking it through I got attached to a couple of ideas....
First... I wanted to make individual pot pies. Then everyone gets really good crust, ya know?
Second... I decided I'd just use a rotisserie chicken. That would probably be cheaper than buying boneless skinless breasts anyway. Plus, it's usually tasty, moist and delicious.
Third... I wanted puff pastry on top.
Fourth... I making homemade gravy.
Problem with #1? Yes. I don't have any ramekins. At least I didn't until I stopped at Target on my home last night. I parked, ran to the kitchen stuff, located the ramekins. They had 3 two-packs of nice sized ramekins with plastic tops. SCORE! I'll take all of them. To the express line and back in my car in 5 minutes total!!
Problem with #2? Ummm... No... they usually have rotisserie chickens available at Giant Eagle. They did! YAY!
Problem with #3? Potentially... the Giant Eagle by my house is typically out of Puff Pastry. SCORE AGAIN! They had some!! (I would have used pie dough if they didn't have it... but I would have been pouty about it!)
Problem with #4? Not really... I looked up chicken gravy recipes and they were all pretty much the same. Make a roux, add chicken broth... maybe some spices. Sounds easy enough, why have I never made chicken gravy from scratch??
Ok.... I also picked up veggies to go with my rotisserie chicken and got out of the grocery store and home pretty quick.
No recipe for this. I was winging it as I went along. I'm sure there is probably a more streamlined method to make this. I was combining things, then separating them, then combining them again. Which made perfect sense to me at the time... but now seems kinda like the long way!
Anyway... here we go!!
First I opened up the Puff Pastry to thaw.
I peeled and cubed a couple of potatoes. It turned out that I only needed one. So the other is in the fridge in water and will probably be samosas tomorrow.
Some onion & garlic & celery
Into the pot with a smidgey of oil
Plus some carrots, mushrooms & potatoes
I added about 2 cups of chicken broth & some thyme
Then I covered that and simmered it until the veggies were tender.
On to the chicken. YUM!!
I pulled all of the meat off of it's little carcass.
Then I added the meat & a handful of frozen peas to the pot to warm through.
Here's where I start separating things I just put together...
So I drained the broth out of the veggies & chicken. I ended up with about a cup of broth.
I wanted to have about 2 cups of broth, so I just added some plain chicken broth.
Now... onto the chicken gravy!!!
4 tablespoons of butter plus 4 tablespoons of flour and whisk!
Darker and darker... doesn't that look good??
Now to add the broth!
I also added some onion powder and paprika.
Ok... can I just say this is the BEST chicken gravy I've ever had and yes, I TOTALLY ROCK!!
My mom makes awesome gravy... not starting with a roux, she uses a shaker of flour & water and pan dripping and ends up with awesome gravy. Whenever I've tried that, I end up with bland yucky gravy. So my gravy method, until last night, had been gravy packets (except for sausage gravy - for biscuits & gravy... that's scratch too!). But I always doctor up the gravy packets. I never added water. I added broths/wines/juices/herbs/spices/pan drippings... and always ended up with great gravy that always got great reviews. But NOW! Who needs a packet??!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!!!!
Sorry....back to the pot pie...
Ok... now the chicken & veggies can go back in!
And into my new ramekins! (yeah... I bought six but there are only four out. There are only five of us and Bobby of course didn't want any.)
Now to top them off. Hmmm... do I cut circles or what? I decided to just cover them and rip and fold the dough to fit.
Now they're all covered. I panicked a little. What now??! Do I brush them with butter? I'm trying to eat healthier, so probably not... EGG WASH!!
And they're ready for the oven!
Mmmmmmm.... I started at 5:57 and wondered if I could have dinner on the table by 7pm. It got there by 7:30ish.... that's about my usual time table... 30 minutes behind schedule!