Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dinner at the Thompsons

I'm reposting for foodie friday....just looking at this blog is making my tummy growl and it is almost midnight...not awesome....okay...maybe a little awesome!

Chicken Pot Pie
(courtesy of Cat Cora)

I was sitting in the hair salon a few weeks ago skimmin' through Bon Apetit and saw this recipe...it sounded so good (I love me some chicken pot pie) so I opened my purse to write down the recipe, and all I had to write on was a Walmart receipt (heaven forbid I ask the front desk lady for paper)....

1 pkg. puffed pastry, thawed in fridge
1/2 C butter, divided
1 med. onion, chopped
1 cup each carrot, celery, zucchini, frozen peas
1/2 C dry white wine
4 C shredded roasted chicken
1 tsp. sea salt, divided
1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided
3 C chicken stock
2 T thyme
1 T crushed rosemary
1/3 C flour
1 C heavy cream
6-10oz ramekins

Preheat oven to 400*. Cut 6 circles for tops of pies out of the thawed puff pastry, leaving 1" for overhang. Refrigerate until use.  In LARGE skillet, melt 4 T butter and saute carrots, celery, and onions for 5 minutes.  Add zucchini and peas and cook additional 3 minutes.  Add wine and bring to a boil.  Stir in chicken.  Season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Set aside. In separate pan, bring stock, thyme and rosemary to a boil, then reduce and simmer.  While that is simmering, melt 4 T butter (in another pan) and sprinkle with flour, stirring till blended.  Slowly add to stock, whisking constantly and until smooth.  Add cream.  Boil for 1 minute, add remaining salt and pepper.  Pour into skillet with chicken mixture and toss gently.  Put in ramekins filling 3/4 full.  Place pastry on top and seal well.  Bake at 400* for 20-25 minutes.

This is what it looks like before it goes in these....

Okay...so these aren't "ramekins".  The recipe called for 10oz...I couldn't find those anywhere...and was fully irritated.  As I was walking out of the umpteenth store, I saw these...way bigger then the recipe called for BUT oven safe AND only $1 a piece, so I swooped up 4, because who am I kidding...I'm not making 6 pies for my family of 3.

Thoughts on this meal....DELICIOUS!!!  Seriously, SO good!  I did a few things different and would do a few things more differently the next time (and there will be a next time)!

1. obviously my "ramekins" were much bigger, but I think it worked.  Was a good portion...only thing, I didn't seal it as well as I should have, which brings me to....
2. I needed to take the puff pastry out of the freezer MUCH earlier.  Opening it partially frozen, it began to split which caused it to split a bit when it cooked.  Only problem is the way it looks, still tastes good:)
3. I forgot to buy a zucchini...I don't think I will add it next time either.
4. I cooked the veggies WAY longer then the recipe called for, I wanted them really tender...I will do that again.
5. I didn't use wine...just water...it's cheaper and still tastes delicious.
6. I can't remember if the mag called for fresh or dried herbs...I used dried...it was A LOT...I ended up straining the broth before adding the thickener and cream, I'm really glad I did.  You don't lose the flavor, just all the floaties that Lil D takes issue with.
7. I melted the butter in the microwave and then added the flour to the thickness I like then to the broth (I know, I know, cook out the flour taste...I didn't taste flour AND I didn't dirty an extra pot).
8. After I cooked the veggies, added the chicken, etc...I transferred that mix to a big pot and then did the broth, etc, in the skillet.
9. I cooked mine for exactly 25 minutes and they were perfectly done.
10. I will carry a pad of paper in my purse so when I find these types of recipes I can write them legibly and completely...I love when new recipes work out so great!


AJ said...

You do know that Chicken Pot Pie is my fav, don't you?

I am sure my invitation is coming?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sounds great! I like how you discussed what did and didn't work for you. I wish that recipes were more explicit that way. Thanks for sharing. Glad it turned out so well for you.

And I know what you mean about staying up late and reading all these good recipes. I just fixed something to eat because I was so hungry reading them all! LOL!

Happy Foodie Friday...


Sheila :-)

Mrs. P. said...

This looks so good! Anything covered in puff pastry is bound to be a hit with me :)Thanks for posting.


Mary said...

What a lovely recipe. This sounds delicious and I love pot pie. I suspect this will be on my table in short order. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Have a great day.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Haha ... I love the image of you scrabbling for a bit of paper and ending up with a receipt. Good thinking!
I just hope you don't have to return anything to Walmart!
This looks delicious. What a nice cold weather supper!

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