December 9, 2011

Chicken Pot Pies with a Puff Pastry Crust AND Chocolate Filled Puff Pastries with an Almond Glaze

I grew up eating those frozen store-bought pot pies and though I really liked them, I figured it was time for me to make a homemade, from scratch (almost), pot pie.  I have made this recipe several times and I really like it.  I love that it uses puff pastry.  I figure it is way easier than making homemade pie crust.  I used to have a hard time making pot pie for only two people, because a whole pie was way too much food.  Now that I have ramekins it is so much easier to make dinner for a small group, because one ramekin is the perfect serving size for one person.  I love it. 

While I made the filling, Jake cut the puff pastry into strips, so we could make a pretty looking lattice on top! I let the strips hang over the edge, because the more puff pastry the better, in my opinion.  I have also trimmed the edges so that it doesn't hang over and I think both ways look pretty, so do whatever you prefer.  You will have extra puff pastry, so I always cut the rest into triangles and make chocolate filled puff pastries for dessert!! So good. 
 
Chicken Pot Pies with a Puff Pastry Crust
slightly adapted from: here 
1 1/2 c. cooked chicken, shredded
1 russet potato, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1/3 c. frozen peas
1/2 med. onion, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
2 Tbl. butter
2-4 Tbl. flour
1 1/2 c. milk 
1 c. half-and-half
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
pinch of dried rosemary
pinch of Italian seasoning
lemon pepper, opt.  
salt and pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg
splash of milk

Place diced potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan with enough water to just cover the vegetables.  Boil until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add the frozen peas a few minutes before vegetables are done.  Drain and set aside.  In the same saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add red pepper and onion and saute until tender.  Gradually whisk in the flour until a thick paste forms.  Slowly whisk in milk and half-and-half.  Add the seasonings.  Adjust to taste.  Stir until thickened.  Add the shredded chicken and cooked vegetables.  Divide the filling between four greased ramekins.  Lightly flour work surface and slightly roll out thawed puff pastry.  Using a pizza cutter, cut out thin strips.  Cut each strip into pieces, the length of the ramekin and layer on top of ramekin.  Or you could cut out a circle the size of the ramekin and place that on top, rather than making a lattice.  If you do a solid circle, make sure to cut a few slits on top for ventilation.  Combine egg and milk and brush over the top of the puff pastry.  Bake at 400 degrees until filling is bubbly and top is puffed and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.  Yield: 4 ramekins.   


Jenn's Notes: Depending on how many vegetables you like, you might not want to add all of them to the mixture.  I like a super chunky pot pie, so I might add more vegetables than the average person.   

Chocolate Filled Puff Pastry
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner

leftover puff pastry 
chocolate chips
1/3 c. powdered sugar
splash of milk
a few drops of almond extract or vanilla

Cut leftover puff pastry into triangles.  Place chocolate chips into the center and roll up.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Brush tops with egg wash.  Bake until lightly browned and crispy.  Meanwhile, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth.  Drizzle over the top of warm puff pastries.  Serve.  

Jenn's Notes:  You can really fill these with whatever you like.  Sometimes we do milk and white chocolate chips.  Sometimes we add a little caramel sauce.  Whatever the way, you will have a flaky pastry with a warm gooey center!! What about Nutella?  I am so trying that next.  So good.  

21 comments:

  1. That pot pie looks so golden and delicious. And those chocolate filled ones are even better.

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  2. oh my goodness i love chicken pot pie. I've been wanting to make some. so hopefully you've inspired me to finally do it :)

    aimee @ likemother-likedaughter-food.blogspot.com

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  3. oh double yum, the chocolate pastries look so good and no calories, yep will have to make the. Oh the pot pie looks good and will try that also.xo

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  4. I am do dead. This is tremendously tempting. Do you have a good pastry puff recipe?

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  5. @trumatter - No, I do not have a puff pastry recipe? I never thought about making my own, but I will have to look into that!!

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  6. Sorry, I posted just now and gave you the wrong link. Oops. here it is: http://www.eyeheart.ca/2011/12/anything-goes-at-eye-heart-5.html

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  7. I think this is the first recipe for a pot pie that I've seen that uses a puff pastry. It looks wonderful, as do your chocolate filled puffs. I once used puff pastry and stuffed them with Nutella!

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  8. Don't take this wrong, but sometimes it hard to come here late at night, cause I get soooo hungry. Everything looks so good and I want to take it off the screen. I used to eat those pot pies myself. Love pot pies. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best.

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  9. Oh my gosh that looks so good. I've been looking for a good pot pie recipe for a while!

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  10. These chicken pot pies look divine! I love the little dishes, must get some!

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  11. Yummy! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Thanks!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  12. The chicken pot pies look so delicious. What a yummy recipe. Thank you so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible recipes. -The Sisters

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  13. Have made the pot pies a couple of times now and LOVE them! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    1. Marisa - thank you so much. I am so glad you like this recipe! - Jenn

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  14. mmmm - sounds like PURE comfort food...yummo! plus a bonus with the chocolate almond dessert - right up my alley! pinning right this minute {You can check out the pin here}: http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645272977717/

    happy day to you!!

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