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Roasted Chicken Pot Pie

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When it comes to comfort food, chicken pot pie is on the top of my list.  For this recipe, I decided to roast the chicken first before adding to the filling. This is my Roasted Chicken Pot Pie.

The chicken comes out so much juicier when it’s roasted. I have blogged about roasting chicken before and my method is foolproof.

I’m using a ready-made pie crust from the store for this, just to make this dish a bit easier for a weeknight meal. Grocery stores have really great, ready-made pie crusts”. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t have time to make your own all the time. I like to keep a box or two in my frig to have on hand.

If you want to make your own crust and have the time, definitely do it, you can always make it the day before. For my Homemade Pie Crust recipe, click the link at the end of this post.

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Olive Oil

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Prep Time. 15 minutes
Cook Time For Chicken: 35 to 40 minutes
Cook Time For Filling: 15 to 20 minutes (can be made while the chicken is roasting)
Bake Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 3 pies
Equipment: 3 (9-inch) glass pie pans, large mixing bowl, 1 (3-quart) saucepot, 1 (6-quart) Dutch oven, pastry brush

Ingredients For Roasted Chicken:
4 chicken breasts, bone-in skin-on
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Chicken Pot Pies:
4 heaping cups of roasted chicken, bite-size chunks
1 diced yellow onion
3/4  of a (14.4-ounce) bag of frozen Birds Eye pearl onions, thawed
3/4 of a 1 lb bag frozen peas, thawed
2 1/2 cups of leafy-top carrots, diced and blanched until just fork tender
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) of butter, unsalted
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of half-and-half
5 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 boxes of store-bought ready-made pie crusts (substitute homemade pie crust, link below)
*egg wash

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Place the chicken onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Rub each breast with equal amounts of olive oil. Sprinkle each breast with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove the chicken the oven, allow it to cool before removing the skins and bones. Dice the chicken into bite-size pieces, transfer to a large mixing bowl. 

While the chicken is roasting, have the chicken broth and bouillon cubes slowly heating up on a back burner. As this is happening, dice the onion and carrots. Blanch the diced carrots in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, just until fork tender.

Adjust the temperature to 425-degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl add the peas and pearl onions. Using a slotted spoon transfer them to the bowl containing the peas and onions.

In a saucepot over medium heat dissolve the bullion cubes in the chicken stock.

In a Dutch oven, on medium heat, start the sauce. Melt the butter, add the diced onion, and flour, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the hot chicken broth to the flour and onion mixture. Continue to stir until broth thickens. Add all the veggies, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and the cream stir to combine.

Turn the heat to off, add the diced roasted chicken and chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, again stir to combine.

Divide the mixture into 3 glass pie dishes, and brush the sides with egg wash. Next, lay the store-bought pie dough over each, Brush *eggwash all over the top of the dough, including the sides. Vent the top of each of the pie.

Finally, follow the baking instructions on the box for the time, usually around 20- 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and let rest for about 15 minutes, then enjoy some delicious roasted chicken pot pie.

Recipe for homemade pie crust, click the link below for my recipe.

*egg wash: A mixture of 2 beaten large eggs with 2 tablespoons of milk.

Homemade Pie Crust

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Spinach And Feta Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage

 

Spinach Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage

Spinach And Feta Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage

This savory Greek-style pie is traditional, #spinachandfeta. Getting Steve to eat any dish that’s filled with only spinach and cheese wouldn’t pique his interest so I thought I’d add sweet Italian sausage to this recipe. This is my Spinach And Feta Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage.

This recipe can totally be vegetarian by just leaving out the meat. You could even substitute mushrooms, that would be delicious too.

Dealing with phyllo dough may have you saying, that’s too much work. Yes, it can seem a bit overwhelming, trust me, it’s not hard at all.

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The next step is to prepare the savory filling for this pie.

Onions

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Score the Phyllo dough before baking.

Spinach And Feta Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage

Spinach Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage

 

 

 

Prep Time: 30 minutes for the filling
Prep Time: 30 minutes, assembling the dish
Inactive Prep Time: 24 hours
Cooking Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Total Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time: 25 hours 50 minutes
Yields: 12 Servings
Equipment: 9″ x 11″ baking dish, paring knife, 2 large mixing bowls, mesh sieve, 12-inch sauté pan, small bowl, microwave-safe bowl, pastry brush, Microplane

Note: if you’re making this dish meat-free, substitute another 5 (10-ounce) boxes of frozen leafy spinach for a total of 8.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
3 (10-ounce) boxes of frozen leafy spinach (thawed and all excess water removed)
1 diced onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of nutmeg, freshly grated
3 sprigs (2 teaspoons) of fresh marjoram or oregano, finely chopped
3 sprigs (2 teaspoons) of fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
4 fronds of fresh dill, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large eggs, beaten
4 ounces of Goat cheese, crumbled
7 ounces of Feta cheese, cubed
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 box of Phyllo dough sheets (yields 2 rolls approx. 20 sheets of Phyllo total)
1 1/2 sticks of butter, unsalted and melted
1/4 cup of seasoned Italian bread crumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven 350-degrees F.
Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 11 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Defrost and drain the frozen spinach overnight. The picture above shows the frozen spinach sitting in a mesh sieve over a large mixing bowl. Since the spinach is frozen solid it’s best to leave it out on the counter overnight. The next day, remove the bowl discarding the liquid. Using your hands, wring out any remaining water from the spinach.

If you were going to do this on the same day, defrost the spinach in the microwave, then let it cool down to where you could handle it, and squeeze the water out by hand. You could even place all the spinach in a clean kitchen towel and wring it out that way. Most importantly, get as much of the water out of the spinach as possible. Transfer the spinach to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a large dry sauté pan over medium-high heat, add sweet Italian sausage. Start breaking the sausage up with the back of a wooden spoon. Once the sausage is browned, about 10 to 15 minutes, add the diced onion, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, freshly grated nutmeg, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Continue cooking until the onions soften, another 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, leave as much of the grease behind in the pan, transferring the sausage mixture into the bowl containing the spinach. Let the sausage mixture cool completely before adding the cheese and eggs.

In another large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, Kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper together. Add the beaten eggs to the sausage and spinach mixture. Add the Goat cheese, grated Parmesan, and cubed Feta to the sausage and spinach mixture. Gently stir to combine not to break up the cheese too much. The filling is done. Set aside.

Next, the Phyllo dough.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. In a small bowl add the bread crumbs. Set the two bowls in hands-reach when layering the phyllo dough.

Note: When working with Phyllo dough you need to move fairly quickly. to prevent the dough from drying out causing it to break or crack.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Lay the Phyllo dough sheets out onto a flat surface covered with a damp towel.

Start by laying one sheet of Phyllo dough in the bottom of the baking dish. Liberally brush the sheet of Phyllo dough with melted butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Continue this process until the first roll of Phyllo dough is complete, about 10 sheets.

Next, spoon the filling spreading evenly over the top of the Phyllo. Repeat the dough process with the remaining roll of Phyllo sheets for the top.

Finish the top layer with a final brushing of melted butter and breadcrumbs. Using a paring knife score the dough down the middle lengthwise, then twice in the opposite direction. Finally, score each square diagonally (refer to the picture above) forming triangles.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the dough, is flaky and golden brown. Allow the dish to rest 15 to 20 minutes giving the filling a chance to set before slicing.

There you have it, my Spinach And Feta Pie With Sweet Italian Sausage.

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