Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Challenge 10: Chicken Pot Pie
There are few dishes as comfortable and homey as Chicken Pot Pie. I am a self proclaimed CPP connoisseur and with all of the fabulous ones I have had, I have had my fair share of disgusting ones.
This, my friends, was one of the best in the world.
I saw a Throw Down with Bobby Flay not long ago and the challenge was CPP's. Since that day, I've craved them some intensely that I couldn't wait any longer to make it. I usually make one several times during the Winter season, but for whatever reason, I didn't make one at all this year!
And wouldn't you know that when I buckled down and finally bought the ingredients for it and planned an evening to make it, the temperature was 83 degrees outside. Ho Hum. Oh well, it was still scrumptious! Seriously, the best homemade pot pie I've ever had. Make it. Now.
I don't know how people dice carrots into teeny tiny squares. Really, it's a mystery to me. But I prefer big chunks of carrots anyway, so I just cut 'em up like I usually do. The base of this recipe is a beautiful trio of carrots, onion and celery. Oh, and half a stick of butter. Buttah.
A pot pie isn't a pot pie without some sweet peas. Delish, friends. Delish.
Well look at all of those beautiful colors. Pretty like a picture! Oh wait...
Chunks of chicken. Roasted chicken. This chicken smelled so good I wanted to hide in a corner with a jar of salt and pepper and commence to gorging.
A cup of flour covers the mixture and makes it really sticky and really thick. But just for a minute.
In goes the chicken stock and bouillon cube. I love bouillon cubes because they are so little and cute yet they throw a kick of flavor that will knock your socks off.
See? Cute little cube.
After lots of salt and pepper, it was time to add some heavy whipping cream and stir for a few more minutes to let thicken. The saucey gravy this makes is UN.REAL.
In to the pie dish we go! Make sure your pie plate is super deep. You've been warned.
What a pitiful little X I made. Silly me. That's what happens when you have a Weebie tugging on your legs.
After half an hour in the hotsy totsy oven, this is your result!!
It is so hot, creamy, and packed full of robust flavor. It is absolutely delicious and I want to give Ree a standing ovation for sharing this recipe with the world.
If Husby told me once that it was "fantastic", he told me 87 times. Seriously. Yum.