Chicken Pot Pie
Source: Aunty Paulie about 2010
My mom and aunty were visiting from California. We’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen. While sitting around the table discussing meals, my aunt said she would make a chicken pot pie – an all American favorite! I’ve never had a home-made version. Well, you’ll see from the pictures there wasn’t a scrap left-and loved it! This served about 7 people for dinner. If you make it in individual dishes its great to serve when having guests over or you can freeze the other dishes when you only 2-3 people.
For the filling:
|1 Boiled whole chicken||2 cups carrots|
|3 Tbs. olive oil||2 cups frozen peas|
|Pinch of salt/pink of course!||1-2 onions/diced|
|Pinch of organic ground pepper||½ to a whole celery root|
|5 cups Chicken stock, preferably homemade||3/4C. flour|
|2-3 tsp. bouillon||1/2 C. Heavy Cream|
|1-2 Tbs. butter|
For the crust: (double recipe for a top crust, a must)
|3 cups flour||½ to 2/3 cups ice cold water|
|1½ tsp. salt||1 egg beaten with water for egg wash|
|1 tsp. baking powder||Salt/pepper pinch to finish.|
|75 gr butter|
Get a stock pot filled with water, and put the fresh chicken in. Bring to a boil, and let it cook and boil until meat easily comes off the bones.
Begin to prepare the vegetables. In a large stock pot, melt butter and oil, add onions, diced carrots, diced celery root. Cook until translucent and the carrots are a bit softer. Add the flour, ¼ cup amounts at a time and stir. Begin to add your broth, stir until all has been added. Add your cream, and your frozen peas to the mixture, and finally, add the pulled chicken. At this point, it’s cooked, and ready to be placed in your dough lined baking dish.
I happen to have a Vitamix, and not a cuisinart or kitchenaid. My aunt showed me a very quick and an easy way to make the dough in the mixer. Begin by adding the flour to the mixer-turn it on. Add the salt and baking powder. Slowly add your cut butter cubes, then the water. Add enough water until it forms a ball and is well mixed.
Line a baking dish and pre-heat your oven to 200 °C. Add the filling. Place dough on top, paint on the egg wash, and bake for approx. 1 hour.
Serve, and watch the entire pie disappear!!!