Entrees

Chicken Pot-Pie “belly warming”

  • This is a flavor of my childhood the warm smells of pie cooking in the kitchen. Makes my mouth water and heart warm to the memories. This is a simple version to my moms pressure cooker chicken and garden grown ingredients. Not to mention from scratch crust. But its still a crowd pleaser in the kitchen.
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken skinned and deboned – chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • I cup frozen peas.
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Two boxed pie crust for time or scratch recipe

I large pan sauté veggies w oil until past wilt and starting to caramelize. Add chopped chicken and combine with spices and pepper.

Once hot cover with flour and combine all.

Add broth slowly creating a gravy/rue. Salt to taste.add frozen peas to cool a bit and not over cook peas.

Makes two standard pies or one deep dish.

Cover pie dish with 1 crust add hot filling then cover with top crust. Try to roll under crust. Filling will expand a bit in cooking and bubble over sides. Slice vents on pie top. Bake 375 for 45 min on a cookie sheet to catch drippings.

Enjoy hot and watch them lick the plates!

Breads, breakfast, Traditions

Warm English Muffins

Warm english muffin hot from skillet

Im a huge fan of the english muffin. I love the cornmeal crunch and nooks and crannies that butter can seep into. I also enjoy topping with my favorite seasonal jams. Spring favorite, there is always my orange marmalade. So when Jason ate the last english muffin- of course I pondered how to make. I will never store buy again. If you have a cast iron skillet you can make and freeze these light fluffy muffins to enjoy any day.

This is a two day process to make to ultimate product. But a two hour rest for the dough will suffice. I like to make the easy dough the night before and then skillet hot muffins in the morning. A kitchen aide is really needed or a short dough cycle bread machine.

Ingredients

  • Flour 2-3/4 c
  • 1-T salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2. 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1egg beaten
  • Light cornmeal or semolina flour for dusting
  • Veg oil to make overnight bowl non- stick

Mix yeast, milk, water, sugar in a microwave safe glass container. Warm to 110 degrees

Add egg and melted butter mix.

With electric mixer. Take dry ingredients and slowly incorporate wet liquid. Then run on medium and mix for 7 minutes. Dough will be wet and really sticky with a stretch. This step is key and a hand mixer will not paddle the dough accurately.

Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes at room temperature. Transfer to a generously oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Preheat oven 350

On a floured surface hand pat dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut muffins into 3 inch rounds. Reforming scraps. Do t over work.

Rest on parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly dust cornmeal on the tops as well. Cover with light flour towel to rise and rest 30 minutes. Start warming black skillet on low to med low. Dust pan with cornmeal. Bake muffins three or four at a time. 5 minutes on each side with a light lid checking after three minutes to be sure to not cook to fast and avoid burning.

Store in airtight container and consume in four days or freeze.

These muffins are so fresh and light in texture. So delicious.