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Chicken Pot Pies

Serves: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 5 carrots (sliced)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (choose low-sodium for a healthy alternative)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pie crust (recipe to follow)


The Perfect Pie Crust

Makes 1 (9-or 10-inch) pie shell.

  • 1¼ cups (6¼ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup ice water


Procedures:



The Perfect Crust:

Recipe by Cindy Mushet and Sur La Table, The Art & Soul of Baking (Andrews McMeel)

This recipe can be used to make both sweet and savory pies and tarts. You can make the dough ahead of time, wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze for 1 month. You can also save more time by making the dough in the food processor. Place the flour and cold butter in the processor bowl and pulse to cut the butter into the flour, then transfer to a large mixing bowl and proceed with the recipe. Make sure to weigh your ingredients for best results.

To make the dough, place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, two knives or your fingers, cut or rub the butter into the flour mixture until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Sprinkle ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over the flour mixture. Stir and fluff the flour mixture with a fork until shaggy clumps form. Pick up the large clumps and squeeze to test for moisture. If clumps hold together, transfer them to a work surface and continue adding tablespoons of ice water and stirring with the fork.

Gather the clumps of dough together on the work surface. If the butter feels soft, cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before proceeding. If the butter still feels cold, knead the dough gently 4 or 5 times. If dough falls apart, return it to the mixing bowl and sprinkle teaspoons of ice water and mix with a fork until dough holds together when squeezed.

Flatten the dough into a disk about 6 inches wide, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling.

Chicken Pot Pies:

Cooking and preparation time: About 40 to 50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for 7 minutes. Add the chicken cubes, carrots, celery and half the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes, until the vegetables are almost tender.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring continuously, for 4 minutes. Gradually beat in the remaining stock. Simmer, stirring, until thick. Stir in the vegetable mixture, chicken, peas and thyme. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among six ramekins.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out 6 circles (1 inch larger than the ramekins). Place the dough circles on top of the filling and crimp the edges. Cut a small cross in the centers. Bake the ramekins in the oven for 15 minutes at 400°F until golden brown.

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