What do you think of my beautiful little pie?
This is my third chicken pot pie (you bet your ass I am keeping track) and my second pie that I have done a homemade crust for.
Tips for chicken pot pie:
1) I do not believe in stressing out over making dinner. It is fun, therapeutic and a easy way to snack pre-dinner. So, to make life a little bit easier here is my suggestion: On a weekend, day off or day when you plan on making pot pie, cut up double the amount of ingredients.
Cut up double veg, boil a whole chicken and reserve the half that you don’t use. This works great when I want to make chicken an dumplings, two different meals and I don’t have to waste the chicken I cooked.
After filling up the pie shell toss all of the extra ingredients into a freezer bag (with a date). Trust me, when you come home and you want the amazing flavor of the homecooked meal during the week all you have to do is thaw, dump and bake.
2) Make life a little bit easier still. If you decide it is worth your time to make your own crust–It totally is by the way–then make double the amount of crust that you need, prepare your pie and then roll the excess into a ball and freeze that puppy.
Basically what you will have saved future-stressed-out-hungry you will be a whole lot of time and crankiness. Just think of it….You had to skip lunch because you went straight from class to work, just finished a double shift because your coworker is a doink and you have been craving pot pie all week.
You grab two bags from the freezer, empty the pot pie guts into a bowl and microwave that puppy. Flour the counter top, wash your hands and get to rolling out the dough. Pre-heat the oven, pour the guts in the shell, dump some garlic powder and cream-of soup before pinching the edges of the top of your pie nice and tight.
Some thing I want to do in the future is make a little incision into the crust that is a face or my initials or something else fun like that. The Snow-White slits in the middle are adorable, but I want to play with my crust a little more.
I apologize for the length. I got excited about my pot-pie. It was soooo delectable for dinner, just in case you were wondering.