Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rural America....Southern Hospitality and Chicken Pot Pie

Life invariably provides twists and turns.  There is no avoiding them.   Through this bittersweet symphony of life we are usually in the midst of counting our blessings, and balancing our challenges.

My parents moved to a rural small town about 10 years ago.  Southern roots run deep in this town and weddings, new babies, and death are serious business. Word spreads like wildfire upon a death and the brigade team of hospitality assembles.  Since condolences can be difficult to express, there is always food, and a lot of it.  Soon after the first of many chicken pot pies and all the fixings arrive filled with kindness, comfort, and calories.  The southern casserole speaks volumes but mostly it is the call to "How can I help?"

In honor of the ultimate southern comfort food I present you with a traditional chicken pot pie made with generous chunks of chicken and vegetables, loaded with kindness, comfort and calories.

Deep Dish Southern Style Chicken Pot Pie
Serves 8-10

Homemade double pie crust or ready-made refrigerated pie crust
2lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into generous chunks
3 cups chicken stock
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 cup celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups frozen vegetable mix (green beans, carrots, peas and corn)
1 Tablespoon Herbs De Provence (blend of thyme, rosemary, marjoram and savory)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups Half and Half
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon of water for egg wash

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  In a 4-quart stock pot add the chicken broth and the chicken breasts. Bring to a simmer. Add cubed potato. Simmer until the chicken is no longer pink.  Remove the chicken and let cool.  Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon. Place aside.

With the remaining cooking liquid reserve 1-1/2 cups of broth in a large measuring cup.  Add half and half, herb seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onion, celery.  Sauté until vegetables are translucent-about 3-4 minutes.  Gradually add in the flour, and mix until well blended.  Gradually add in the broth mixture, lower the heat to simmer, and stir frequently until the broth is thickened.  Add the chicken and vegetables. Stir until well blended.  Set aside.

Line a deep dish pan (10-inches) with the first layer of the pie pastry.  Add mixture until it reaches the top.  Add second pie pastry, crimp and seal.  Brush top gently with egg wash.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.



Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Pot pie is definitely comfort food and your deep dish version sounds great.

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Velva, chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort food dishes on the planet and yours looks perfect! :)


My favorite winter comfort food! Can’t wait to use your recipe on the day after thanksgiving using TURKEY. YUMMO!😋

Angie Schneider said...

It looks super comforting and delicious!

Pam said...

I know all about those small towns and this pot pie would hit the spot in any of them! Your version is great and I love all that celery in it. Calories don't count with your great dish, Velva! :-)

Rhodesia said...

Sounds very yummy for winter to me :-) Hope you have a good week Diane

David said...

Velva, That is one beautiful chicken pot pie! We love double crust pot pies and this is the season for them... Hungry now! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Pam said...

Chicken pot pie is my ultimate comfort food. This deep dish pie has me drooling!

That Girl said...

The Jewish community is well versed in the bringing of food for comfort. This looks perfect.

Nammi said...

The famous chicken pot pie. It does looke comforting. :)

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Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Well said Velva, thats what I loved about living in a small town. I bet this chicken pot pie is delicious, one of my favorites.

Rambling Tart said...

I love this, Velva. :-) Comfort food like this really, truly does comfort.

grace said...

i'm so happy to be a southerner! there's no hospitality like southern hospitality!
love this hearty and flavorful pot pie!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

It's amazing all the dimensions food covers and frames. It looks like the deep dish equivalent of all pot pies. And absolutely delicious. Anything with pastry and Herbes de Provence for me is a winner

David said...

Velva, Chicken pot pie is one of our favorite comfort foods! My wife would want to add some dark meat though...not crazy about all white meat, which is my preference. Love your comfort creation! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Chris said...

This is one of Trevor's all time favorites, I should make him a batch this weekend.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

So delicious!

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