Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Comfort Food Chicken Pot Pie (Homemade :D) and Cream Biscuits

This is one of my favorite comfort foods to make. I love it when fall and winter come back around and I can start making all the meals that warm the kitchen as well as those who share in dinner.

One of the reasons that this is my favorite to make is that it is a quick dinner. This recipe can be doubled or tripled to easily feed a crowd.

Chicken Pot Pie

6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 C. chopped onion
7 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary (I like it with more)
S & P to taste
3 C. chicken broth
3 C. cubed cooked chicken (or turkey, Thanksgiving leftovers anyone?)
1 10-oz package frozen mixed vegetables
1 batch SECB (below), also can use refrigerated biscuits

In a large saucepan melt butter. Add onion and cook till tender. Stir in flour, salt, rosemary, and pepper. Add broth; stir to mix well. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Stir in chicken and veggies; heat till bubbly. Meanwhile make biscuits and bake them.
When chicken mixture is hot and bubbly pour into individual serving dishes or one large casserole serving dish. top with biscuits and serve.

Sarah's Easy Cream Biscuits

1 3/4 C. flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 c. heavy cream

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl mix dry ingredients. Stir in just enough whipping cream so that the dough leaves the side of the bowl (note: this may be less or more than the recipe calls for). Fold dough over a couple of times in the bowl till well mixed. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

These biscuits are amazing and amazingly simple. The above recipe is how I make them for Chicken Pot Pie below are some other variations or uses.

For cut biscuits after adding the cream turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 times and then roll and cut.

Another fun thing to try is to add a 1/2 cup to a full cup of cheese and a sprinkle of seasoning.

The chicken pot pie is a variation from one I found in the BHG cookbook. Every time I make it I make it differently. This is a great way to use up extra tidbits of meat and vegetables in the fridge. It is also good when you don't have chopped chicken or turkey. I just add extra veggies. Also instead of rosemary you can use poultry seasoning or any other seasoning you love in chicken dishes.