Monday, January 7, 2008

Pie on my mind

Supposedly, people with lame blogs resort to writing about their dinner. I don't know who thought up that rule, because I like reading about adventures in gastronomy -- and there wouldn't be an entire television channel and a dozen magazines devoted to the subject if others didn't feel as I do.

Today I got a craving to make a pie -- a steamy, savory chicken pie. I thought about it all afternoon -- and then I did it.

I diced up a couple potatoes and a chicken breast, some celery, peas, garlic and onion and then simmered it in chicken stock with pepper and a little dried thyme from the garden. I was afraid that if I just poured the raw ingredients into the pie shell, it would be done long before they were. I thickened the mixture with a little corn starch and water, then spooned it into a pie shell and baked it about 1/2 hour at 400 degrees.

The crust was just browned and the filling not too dry, not too soupy.


Kat said...

the best comfort food of all.... chicken pot pie!

did it have a top to it? too!

...amarpreet said...

You seem to have really good culinary skills - very admirable.

Janice Thomson said...

I make the vegetarian version- same way mm mm good! :) Do you do most of the cooking?

eastcoastdweller said...

Kat: Oh yeah, did it ever have a top, a crusty, flaky, exquisitely yummy top.

Empress: When a person loves to eat as much as I do, and the paycheck doesn't allow regular excursions to fancy restaurants, one has to do it oneself!

Janice: Yours sounds delicious, too. What do you substitute fro the chicken? Sweetie and I do go easy on meat, even though I am a hopeless carni-phile.

I tried to go fully vegetarian a little while back, after watching a truck full of terrified chickens blasting up the freeway spewing feathers, but I weakened within a week.

Rebecca said...

mmmmm. I love Chicken Pot Pie, and made some myself a few weeks back. It was delicious, if I do say so myself. I added much of what you did, along with some cream, rosemary, and multi colored (LOVE the purple ones) carrots. Gonna have to do that again :)

Open Grove Claudia said...

Boy that sounds good. I do love a good chicken pot pie. Yummy. I've never thought of making one.... Did you make the crust?

eastcoastdweller said...

Rebecca: Rosemary would surely have been wonderful in that pie. I have a little bush of it outside -- I should have thought of that.

Claudia: Would You believe, I love to bake but I cannot seem to make a decent pie crust. (I know all about the cold ingredients requirement, BTW). After a few sad failures, I now cheat and go for store-bought.

It's a challenge to find one that's not "partially hydrogenated."