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Chicken Pot Pie

December 25, 2009

I love this recipe! It tastes perfectly delicious. I usually only make it for special occasions or for when extremely comforting food is needed. The reason is that with all the prep needed it takes me forever! The fact that I double the recipe so that we can eat it all week doesn’t help either. It takes me 3-4 hours total for prep, dough and assembly. Admittedly my knife skills leave a lot to be desired. And, pearl onions are no picnic when you’re talking 2 cups of them! So someone with great knife work could probably knock this out in an hour or so. But either way this pie is worth the work.

• 6 tablespoons butter
• 1 cup white pearl onions
• 1-2 Tbsp. cup fresh thyme (Not positive on this measurement since I eyeball it most of the time.)
• 6 tablespoons flour
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 1 cup half and half
• 2 cups diced potatoes
• 1 cup diced carrots
• 2 Tbsp. Lemon juice (eyeballed, so amount is not guaranteed.)
• 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
• Salt and pepper
• 1 recipe Basic Pie Crust (below)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease a 9 by 9 by 2-inch square baking pan.

In a large saute pan, melt the butter. Sauté the celery, carrots, potatoes and pearl onions for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the flour and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes for a blond roux. Stir in the chicken stock and bring the liquid up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in the half and half and continue to cook for 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the thyme, lemon juice and chicken. Mix the filling thoroughly. Line the baking pan with one of the crusts. Pour the filling into the prepared pan. Place the top crust on top of the filling.Carefully tuck the overlapping crust into the pan, forming a thick edge. Crimp the edges of the pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and crispy.

Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Basic Pie Crust
• 3 1/4 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups cold shortening (butter flavored preferred)
• 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix the shortening with flour/salt mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add only as much as you need to make a smooth ball of dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface. For 2 crusts, cut the dough in two and put the second half back in the refrigerator. For each crust, roll the dough out on the floured surface into a square about 14 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. Gently fold the square of dough in half and then in half again so that you can lift it without tearing it, and unfold into a square baking pan. Fill and proceed as directed in the recipe.

Yield: 1 top and bottom pie crust

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