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Monday, January 13, 2014

Comfort Food - Jan's EZ and Tasty Chicken Pot Pies

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I did it again and forgot to take a picture of my pies...they went so quickly!!
But, because there was no natural light coming in the house at the time I served
these pretty Individual Ramekins of Chicken Pot Pie, the photos wouldn't have
turned out very well anyway.  There's always Next Time - I know I'll be making these again.

Jan’s EZ and Tasty Chicken Pot Pies 

– from Jan Tanis from The Comfort of a Safe Place Blog

{Please, Read the Notes below, for using fresh vegetables 
and for a really EZ, 2 ingredient sauce}
··         Puff Pastry 2 sheets, thawed and refrigerated
·         3 cups frozen vegetable blend – I used carrot, corn and green beans
·         1 cup frozen Pearl Onions
·         3 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey (I used a Rotisserie Chicken, both white and dark meat)
·         8oz Cremini Mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and quartered
·         2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
·         2 Tablespoons Butter, to saute the mushrooms
·         3 additional Tablespoons Butter for the Cream Sauce
·         2 cups Chicken Broth (home-made or packaged)
·         1 cup Heavy Cream (or substitute Whole Milk only)
·         ½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
·         ½ teaspoon dried thyme
·         ½ teaspoon dried sage
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         Pepper, as desired
·         1 egg, beaten
·         1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry out to ¼” thickness (not less).  Cut 4 circles (2 from each sheet of Puff Pastry) by inverting your Ramekin and cutting with a sharp knife, all around it.   Cut a hole in the middle for steam to escape during baking.  Place on a cookie sheet, cover with a towel and place in refrigerator until needed. 

In a mesh strainer or colander with small holes, pour 4 cups of boiling water over the frozen vegetables and pearl onions.  Let sit 1 minute and drain. Set aside. 

Add 2 Tablespoons butter to a skillet and cook the mushrooms until they are slightly browned.  Add the crushed, minced garlic and heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Stir the additional 3 Tablespoons Butter into the skillet with the browned mushrooms and garlic, stir to melt.  Sprinkle the Flour over the melted butter and stir.  Cook 1 minute, lightly bubbling, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and whisk in the Chicken Broth and the Heavy Cream. Cook until thick and bubbly – 2 to 3 minutes over low to medium heat, stirring constantly.

Stir in the vegetables, chicken, dried thyme, sage and Worcestershire Sauce.  Add salt and pepper, to taste. Heat through over medium heat.  Divide mixture among four greased (with 2 tablespoons melted butter) 10-ounce individual ramekins.  Remove previously cut Puff Pastry rounds from the refrigerator and place one on the top of the filling, inside the Ramekin.  (Puff Pastry does not get pulled over the edge of the Ramekin)  Brush only the top of the Puff Pastry with Egg wash – 1 beaten egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water.

Place ramekins on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper, in case the pies bubble over. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes until mixture is heated through and the pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.  If desired, garnish with fresh thyme and serve.  Makes 4 pies

NOTES:

·        You may substitute a mixture of fresh, peeled and pre-cooked vegetables you desire, for the Frozen.   I have used corn, carrots, green beans, peas, celery and onion…all with great success.  Be imaginative.

·        EZ ALFREDO SAUCE:  After mushrooms are cooked and you’ve added the garlic, add 1-12oz jar Alfredo Sauce, and ½ cup Heavy Cream or Whole Milk and Stir.  Continue with the rest of the recipe as directed.  (This sauce is so simple and doesn’t overpower the flavors of anything else in the pie.)

·         Either way – My Home-made Sauce or Alfredo, Frozen or Fresh, you’ll love these Pies! 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Jan, oh this sounds so good. Your directions are great too. I think I read that the puff pastry also comes in the gluten free at Walmart. I looked for it but did not find it. However, I could make a few substitutes and try this too. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great Monday.
    Hugs

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  2. This brings back wonderful memories of my mom making chicken pot pies…your recipe looks and sounds wonderful!!…the best comfort food!

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  3. Hi Jan, I back-linked from your name to find you. You have a lovely blog and I am signing up as your newest follower. Did you know that when you leave a comment on someone's blog you are a No Reply commenter? That means that no one can reply directly back to the comment you leave. If you want to fix it I will give you the link at the end of this comment. It really helps you connect with people and get them to visit and leave comments. Hope you have a wonderful day. It is warmer here today but lots of snow coming tomorrow. xo Diana
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  4. Oh my goodness~ what a treat I just need to get off my you know what and go get the ingredients..I love comfort food..

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