Friday, October 28, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie From Scratch

This is the bf's favorite dish.  He has declared that if he had to choose one dish to eat every day for the rest of his life, it would be this.  This is my first time making it "from scratch" in that I did not purchase the pie crust.
I made the pie crusts the night before using a recipe off of all recipes: Flaky Food Processor Pie Crust.  I had made a pie crust before with the food processor for a tart and thought it was the best idea ever.
Add everything in except the water and pulse till crumbly.
 Then add water a bit at a time until it starts to lump up into dough.
I made two batches since I needed a double crust, balled them up, wrapped in saran wrap, and stuck them in the fridge until dinner the next day.
Fast forward 1 day: Make the insides of the pot pie: chicken veggie mix & gravy.

Chicken, carrots, celery and peas with water to cover in one and onions and butter in the second, to start.
Once the onions are soft...
Add the flour mixture
And then veggie broth...
Mixed with milk
Simmer till thick
Boil chicken/veggies 15 minutes and drain
It is now crust time!  Flour the work surface to make your life happier.
 Flouring the rolling pin is a good idea as well.
 Here they are, fresh out of the fridge.  In hindsight, they should have set out for awhile since the original recipe called for only 30 minutes in the fridge; as opposed to my 21 hours.
 The first crust was very cold, brittle and a terrible experience.
 Good thing it went on the bottom of the pot pie.

 The second crust turned out much better.  I warmed it up in my hands and added a few drops of water to help it stick together.  Perfect crust!

Dump the veggie/chicken mixture into the shell

Top with the gravy

Set that second pie crust on there

And fold in the edges to make it look like you know what you're doing

Cutting slits in the top adds air vents and increases your sophistication
 Bake for ~45minutes, and let sit for as long as you can before cutting into it.  Supposed to be 10 minutes or so to let the gravy thicken; we are lucky if we last 5.
 In turn for your laborious efforts, you will have a well fed, happy significant other  :)