Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie for PI Day

Pi Day Pie Party

I hate to admit it but I am not a pie maker. I like cookies and brownies. Years ago hubby asked me when I was going to be old enough to make pies. My response was always, 'In ten years'. When you say that in your mid 20's you think you will have plenty of time to learn to make pies. I have given him the answer over and over.
Well the time has come, I think I am finally old enough to make pies! I remember all the fun pies that were posted last year on PI Day. This year I would have a pie for PI Day. Thanks to Barbara Bakes and Dorie I finally felt that I could tackle a pie. I started out easy with a Chicken Pot Pie. I opted for just a top crust--baby steps. I made a quick crust in my food processor--nothing difficult about that. The filling was a delicious sauce full of veggies and meat. I used 6 inch pie pans (they are just so cute) because there are just two of us. One pie was plenty for dinner and enough for a hubby's lunch tomorrow. I also have enough filling for a mini pie to take to Mom tomorrow. Life is good now that I am a Pie Maker!

Chicken Pot Pies
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, chilled
2/3 cup shortening, chilled
Ice water--about 5 tablespoons
Pulse flour and salt in food processor. Drop in diced cold butter and cold shortening and pulse just till they are cut in. Dorie says you should have pieces the size of fat green peas and others the size of barley. Add the ice water and pulse off and on until you have a mixture that sticks together when pinched. Dump the mixture on a Roll'pat and gather together and form into 4 discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
This whole process really only takes a few minutes.

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken (Rotisserie works great)
1 1/4 cups diced cooked potato
1/2 cup diced cooked carrots (you could use frozen)
1/2 cup frozen peas
Melt butter in pan, saute celery and onions about 5 minutes or until tender, add flour and seasonings. Whisk and bring to a bubble, cook for a minute. Add milk and chicken broth, heat and stir until mixture becomes quite thick, cook for a minute. Remove from heat and add chicken and veggies. Put in individual ovenproof dishes. Don't overfill. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured Roll'Pat, make sure you roll it out an inch bigger than your dish. Put pastry on top of pie, crimp if using a pie plate. Cut a slit in the top to let steam escape. If using a dish with straight sides just let pastry hang down and lightly press to sides of dish (check out Barbara's post to see this method). Bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes till light brown.

Will I make this again??? YES! It is comfort food at it's finest. It's not a 30 minute meal but with some planning it can be a weeknight meal. Dorie says that well wrapped the pastry can be kept in the fridge for 5 days or the freezer for 2 months. How nice would it be to always have some pastry in your freezer. The filling came together quickly. I diced my potato and cooked it in salted water for about 8 minutes, I took the potato out and then added the diced carrots to the boiling water for a few minutes till they were crisp tender. The chicken was left over from a roasted chicken earlier in the week. You could make the filling earlier in the day but I would heat it up before it goes in the tin.
I used the leftover filling and filled a small dish, I love the rustic look and how the pastry is draped over the dish. More crust per bite--that's a good thing! 
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Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Happy PI Day, Cindy! You certainly chose a wonderful pie for today - I must say that it really does sound like "comfort food at it´s finest" - the crust looks perfect with the cut-out and it is nice to read that all the work you put into baking this pie turned out to be more than worth it! What a great way to get started on pie making!

Barbara Bakes said...

That is a great pot pie. Looks like you nailed it your first time out. I see lots of pie making in your future. Have fun!

Danavee said...

YUM!!!!!!!!!!! Now this turned out beautifully!!!!!!!!! Too pretty to eat!!!!

Nedra said...

I am NOT a pie maker, and doubt I ever will be. Good for you for keeping at it.
My husband just told me this morning that if you hold 3.14 (which is PI) up to the mirror, it spells PIE. How cool is that?

Sarah said...

I'm going to follow your blog just because you have 14 grandchildren! That's so fun Cindy! Happy Pi Day! This looks amazing. :)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks delicious! Happy Pi Day! ;)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I love chicken pot pie! This is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the cutout!!!!

Paul & Kaytie said...

I'm excited to try this out. I usually use a frozen Pillsbury crust so I sure this will taste even better! Great photo and I love the picture sign in your pie. :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

My hubby wants to come to your house for dinner!!! Such a fun idea for Pi Day :)

Julie said...

Your pie crust looks amazing, Cindy! Pie crust scares me so I always buy the refrigerated pastry dough. Ok, pie crust doesn't really scare me but I have never had luck with it. I bet your pot pie is deeeelish!

Have a wonderful evening!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Jenn said...

I'm horrible at making real pies too. I think yours turned out great!

Jocelyn said...

Chicken pot pie is my all time favorite comfort food! Love the cute cut out!!!!

Kathy said...

What with Easter coming early this year and St. Patricks Day…I totally forgot about PI Day!! Great choice…it looks luscious!!

Kayte said...

Looks delicious...and it certainly looks like you are old enough to be a pie baker now! And a good one! I never made pies either, until Dorie. My husband just loves a good pie and for some reason, I never thought I was good at them or enjoyed making them or could be a good pie baker. A couple of years ago I decided I was going to make a pie a day for a month and learn how to bake pies. It worked, I can whip them out in no time now and am very confident in my pie baking skills. Then I discovered tarts with Nick Malgieri's book and now I am such a tart maker as well! I think my favorite things to bake besides bread are pies and tarts! Any excuse at all to make one! Your pies look wonderful, and those dishes are so lovely.