July 11, 2010

CHICKEN, HAM AND MUSHROOM PIE


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For 1 pie, 6 servings, you will need:

□   1 frying chicken (3 1/2 lb.), cut up
□   2 onions, finely chopped
□   1 med. carrot, sliced
□   1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
□   1 clove garlic, minced
□   3/4 tsp. salt
□   1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
□   3 c. water or chicken broth
□   1/2 c. diced ham (optional)
□   1 bay leaf
□   1/2 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
□   pinch of onion powder
□   1 or 2 sage leaves, finely minced
□   1/4 c. butter, slightly softened
□   3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
□   dash each pepper and nutmeg
□   1/2 c. thawed frozen peas



In a deep pot, simmer the ham (if using) and half of the onion in a teaspoon of butter until onion is golden along edges but not brown. Add minced garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add water or broth, celery, carrot, thyme, pepper, bay leaf and nutmeg.Simmer over low heat (do not boil), covered, until the chicken is tender (about 20 minutes or so). How long this will take depends upon the age of the chicken. Remove chicken from pot using a slotted spoon when cooked and set aside to cool just enough so that the meat can be separated from the bones. Remove bones from chicken and return to the pot.
After the chicken is removed from the pot, turn to medium high heat and boil off the liquid until it is reduced in volume by half. If you want to have more vegetables in the pot pie, they can be added to the broth at this time; small diced potatoes, carrot chunks, celery chunks, peas, small white onions (halved), etc., all make good additions (and budget stretchers) in a pot pie.
Meanwhile, combine the butter and flour, rubbing together until smooth. Melt this into the simmering chicken broth to thicken it. Rub the sage leaf to a fine powder and add to the broth. Allow broth to thicken, then remove from heat. Cool before adding to pie.
Prepare the pie crust (below). Line a pie pan with rolled out crust. Fill with cooked, cooled chicken and vegetables. Add cleaned mushrooms, thinly sliced. Add a small portion of the thickened broth over all (not enough to make a soup, but just a gravy). Sprinkle lightly with onion powder, salt and pepper.
Top with the second pie crust; crimp and seal edges, flute if desired. Decorate top with small bits of extra pie crust cut with small cookie cutters, if desired. Cut a vent in the center to allow steam to escape. Brush the pie top with cream or egg wash if an extra sheen is wanted. Bake at 375°F until pie is golden brown and gravy begins to bubbly up from center vent (about 40 minutes). Shield the edges of the pie with aluminum foil if it begins to brown too quickly.



WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY:

Combine:

□   1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
□   1/2 cup whole or white whole wheat flour
□   1 teaspoon salt

Cut in:

□   2/3 cup firm butter
□   3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

until crumbly. Mix in:

□   2 egg yolks (reserve white)
□   2 teaspoons lemon juice
□   3 tablespoons water

Blend until mixture clings together. Divide into 2 portions. Shape each into a ball. Wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.Roll out to a circle about 10 inches and fit into a 9 inch pie pan for bottom. Roll second crust out for top.
Submitted by: Belle

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