My husband wasn't going to let me get away with making a pot pie and NOT putting chicken in it. Really, it's fine by me because it's important to me to have a decent amount of protein in a main meal, especially if I am making a treat like pot pie. I made a few changes (listed in italics) with the vegetables she used based on what I had available, and cut the recipe in half. I also decided to try a lattice crust for the first time. I had so much fun making it! We loved the pot pie, and I thought the addition of saffron was really neat. (And I was happy it was in there after I realized I completely forgot to add the parsley!) It was a great comfort meal for a very windy, chilly day!
Vegetable Pot Pie
from Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 255
Chosen by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen
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- For the pie:
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 2 cups sliced yellow onions (2 onions)
- 1 fennel bulb, top and core removed, thinly sliced crosswise (omitted)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups good chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon Pernod (omitted)
- Pinch saffron threads
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups large-diced potatoes (1/2 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups asparagus tips (omitted)
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced carrots (4 carrots)
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound) (omitted)
- 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley (used dried)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup chopped cauliflower
- 2 cups diced, cooked chicken
For the pastry:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
- Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, Pernod, saffron, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the asparagus, carrots, and squash to the pot and cook in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Add the potatoes, mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.
For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.