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Chicken Pot Pie with Blue Cheese and Havarti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know where the time has gone…  It’s been over a week since my last post and that’s not like me.  Well, I have been under a rock lately, and it was about time that I got back in my kitchen.  It’s been a week of frozen meals and takeout dinners and I am sick of it.  I am seriously done with that.

I am happy to be back and in celebration of being back in my kitchen I cooked up this yummy treat.  It’s a Chicken Pot Pie with Blue Cheese and Havarti.  It’s a twist on a traditional chicken pot pie that is stuffed with tender chicken, sautéed carrots, onions and celery with a creamy blue cheese bechamel and buttery havarti cheese.  I even made the pie crust from scratch.  It’s good, it’s homey, it’s rich and it’s delish!  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  •  4 1/2 cups cooked chicken (cubed)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots (chopped)
  • 1 Tbls. butter
  • 3 cups blue cheese bechamel  sauce (see recipe below)
  • 6 ounces havarti cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg (beaten with a bit of water)
  • pie dough for 2 pie crusts (see recipe below)

Begin by cubing up your cooked chicken and set aside.  Buy one of those precooked chickens from the deli or store if you don’t have time to cook your own.   Chop up your vegetables and set aside.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Grab 6 oval shaped casseroles and spray with non stick spray.

In a saute pan add your butter, celery, onion, carrot, and a pinch of salt.   Cook until the onions are opaque and the carrots are barely tender.  Remove from heat.  Add your cooked chicken and cooked vegetables to the oval casserole dishes.  Add 1/2 cup of the blue cheese bechamel to each casserole.  Add your havarti cheese.

Divide your 2 pie crusts into 6 pieces.  Roll out on a floured board, pie crusts large enough to cover each casserole.  Use a fork and crimp down the sides.  Put slits in the top of each pie.  Brush with beaten egg, place on foil lined baking sheet and pop into the oven for about 45 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown.  Keep an eye on them and rotate halfway through the baking process.  Lightly cover with foil if it is browning too fast.  Pull from oven, let cool for about 5 minutes and then dig in!  Makes 6 individual casseroles.

Blue Cheese Bechamel

Grab a medium sized sauce pan or saucier.  On medium low heat whisk together 6 Tablespoons of butter and 5 Tablespoons flour.  Cook until it is nearly golden in color.  Add 3 cups milk, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme and 2 ounces blue cheese.  Oh, and add a splash of dry vermouth.  Cook slowly, constantly whisking until it has thickened.  Taste it, you may not need to add salt because of the blue cheese.  Do not over cook.  Remove from heat.

Easy Pie Crust (2 crust pie)

Grab a food processor.  Add two cups all purpose flour, 3/4 cup shortening and 1/2 tsp salt.  Pulse until lightly mixed.  Add 5 – 6 Tablespoons ICE COLD water, one tablespoon at a time.  Lightly pulse until the dough sticks together and forms a ball.  You are done.  Remove from the food processor and wrap in plastic wrap.  Put pie dough in your refrigerator for about a half an hour before rolling.  Makes 2 pie crusts or 6 little crusts for the casseroles.

Red Potato Ham and Cheese Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Potato Ham and Cheese Pie

I stopped at the store the other day and came home with a couple of pounds of gorgeous locally grown red potatoes.  At first, I was thinking of making a garlic mash with them and then I thought maybe some good old fashioned scallop potatoes.  I could not decide and then I figured it out…  I wanted to make a Red Potato Ham and Cheese Pie.  I imagined a savory red potato pie without a crust but with chopped ham, onions, garlic, fresh shaved Parmesan and Oregon’s own Tillamook cheddar cheese.  I wanted to make it kind of like an “impossible pie”.

My Red Potato Ham and Cheese Pie is a lovely dish to serve at a Sunday brunch or with a cup of soup or salad for lunch or dinner.  I ate my slice of Red Potato Ham and Cheese Pie with a perfectly cooked over easy egg on the side.  It was absolutely delicious!   Enjoy!  – Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup medium diced onion
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • salt to taste (it all depends on the saltiness of the ham)

Begin by boiling your red potatoes in salted water until just fork tender.  Whatever you do, just do not over cook the potatoes.  You want to be able to slice them thinly later.  Remove cooked potatoes from water and let cool.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grab a nine inch diameter spring-form pan and spray with non stick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of the spring-form pan with parchment paper.  Spray again with non-stick spray.

Begin by slicing the red potatoes (with peels on) into no more than 1/4 inch thin slices using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer.  Set potatoes aside.  In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, coriander, garlic, nutmeg and white pepper.  Salt only if you think that you need it.

Take one third of your potatoes and layer the bottom of the spring-form pan.  Overlapping the potatoes is fine, leaving gaps on the bottom is not.  I found I preferred to use the ugliest of the slices and bits of the potato on the bottom of the pie that way the pretty slices are used in the second and top layer.  Add one third of the shredded cheese, chopped onion, ham and egg mixture.  Repeat two more times alternating potato, cheese, onion, ham and egg mixture.

Place pie in the oven on a cookie sheet (to catch any drips) and bake for about 50-55 minutes until the pie is golden brown on top and the egg mixture has set.  Remove from oven, let rest 10 minutes before slicing.  Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and sprigs of fresh picked herbs.  Makes 8 slices.

Notes:  If you don’t have a spring-form pan, it’s no big deal!  Just work with what you have. Use a baking dish large enough to fit all your ingredients and make at least 2-3 layers.  Don’t worry about the parchment paper either.  I just used it to get perfect slices out of the spring-form pan.  Just follow the recipe, cut into squares and serve!