Thursday, July 18, 2019

Birthday Chicken Pot Pie

Olivia requested chicken pot pie for her birthday supper.  It's "Aunt Martha's" recipe, and a special family favorite.  We were introduced to this recipe when we returned back to Honiara during Cyclone June and showed up at SITAG like drowned rats.  Martha showed up at our house that night with a steamy pan of comfort food.

Aunt Martha's Chicken Pot Pie

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cups milk
2 cups chicken, cut up
10 ounces peas and carrots, frozen
celery seed

2/3 + 2 TBSP cups shortening
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoons salt
4-5 TBSP water

Heat butter over low heat until melted and blend in flour, onion, salt, and pepper.  Cook over low heat stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.  Remove from heat and stir in broth and milk.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir a minute. Stir in chicken and frozen vegetables.  Reserve.

Cut shortening into flour, celery seed, and salt until particles are the size of small peas.  Sprinkle in water (1 TBSP at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened.)  One to two teaspoons can be added at a time, if necessary.  

Gather pastry into a ball. Roll 2/3 of pastry into 13 inch square on lightly floured cloth covered board.  Ease pastry into square pan (9x9x2).  Pour chicken filling into pastry lined pan.  Roll remaining dough into an 11 inch square.  Place over filling and roll edges under.  Cut slits in center to allow steam to escape.  Cook uncovered in 425 degree oven until the crust is brown (about 30-35 minutes).

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