Cooking Thursday: LoveFoodies Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Could someone please tell me what happened to September? I seemed to have blinked and it disappeared. I swear the days have been flying by me lately! I guess that's what busy days to you.
Here I am late again with a post, but I thought I'd still get it out. My mornings have been filled lately, so I'm not able to get to my computer until the afternoon. I didn't get a chance to make the mini chicken pot pies this week that were on my menu, but many of you seemed very interested in the recipe. So I thought I'd share the pin off of my pinterest board where I have it saved. I liked the looks of this recipe because it looked easy, yet hearty and really cute! Always a nice bonus with dinner. Lol
Here's a photo of them from when LoveFoodies Blog put them on Pinterest. I love how she cut out the dough with flower shapes to make the top crust. See? - super cute! When I make these I plan to just use a glass to cut out a circle for the tops. But then I'll top it with a few decorative pie crust leaves use the technique I like for making them. I don't have a mini leaf cookie cutter either, I cut them out myself. I've used them before when I've made apple and spiced peach pie. When I do make them I'll share photos. For now -here's the recipe I pinned:
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey meat
1/2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup mixed vegetables ( I used carrots, corn kernels and peas)
1 beaten egg (for the egg wash at the end)
1. First make the pastry if making your own, divide into 2 balls and wrap with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge whilst you prepare the filling.
Then prepare the filling as follows:
2. Put chopped chicken or turkey, mixed veg and cream of chicken soup in a bowl and mix well. Add a pinch of pepper. No salt needed as I find the soup is already salty enough. Set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C and grease a 12 hole muffin tray.
4. Roll out one ball of pastry and cut rounds to fit the muffin tray.
5. Fill the pastry cases with the chicken mixture.
6. Using the remaining pastry, roll out and use a flower shape cookie cutter and cut out as many flowers as you can. You can of course use any shape cookie cutter, such as stars etc.
7. Slightly overlap the flowers to cover the top of the filling and top with a flower.
8. Brush the top with the beaten egg and bake till bubbling or golden brown about 35-45 mins.
Cool completely before removing the pies from the tin
When I make them I also intend on using store bought pie crust to make them even easier. That's part of the reason this recipe appeals to me - it can be done quickly and easily.
I think some of you seemed concerned about putting the crust in the muffin pan too. I think the easiest thing would be to roll out your dough (or store pie crust) and cut out circles large enough to go all the way up the sides of the muffin pan. Then when putting circles on the top you can pinch a little over the top edges of the bottom crust. I even think store bought biscuit dough would work well if you rolled the pre-done circles out wide enough. If you make it before me let me know how it goes!