Weeknight Meal Social gathering | Cup of Jo

Jenny Rosenstrach and Andy Ward

The other week, my friend Bonnie and I ended up creating programs for dinner…

It was a Thursday afternoon and we were likely again and forth on text. Should really we seize sushi? Burgers? Dumplings? I wished to go out, but also, I was form of in the mood to cook dinner for individuals. I seemed in the freezer and observed I experienced puff pastry and some chicken. If my children weren’t in higher education, and nonetheless at home on their way again from exercise or a friend’s property, I would’ve possibly determined to make them chicken pot pie. I missed them.

Are you in the mood for chicken pot pie? I texted Bonnie, also an vacant nester. I can prepare dinner and you can provide Jonathan.

The response was swift. Certainly.

A couple of hours later on, four of us had been sitting down at my kitchen area table to rooster pot pie with a large eco-friendly salad cobbled collectively from whatever was left in the crisper. I scooped nuts and gherkins into smaller bowls to snack on when we waited for the pie to bake. They introduced two pints of ice cream for dessert. We marveled that none of the youngsters came up in discussion right up until about an hour into our food (certainly a report), and by 9 p.m. all of us have been on our respective sofas seeing Netflix.

There experienced been none of the common scheduling and checklist-earning and purchasing and chopping and crash cleansing and desk-setting and votive-lights, all of which would’ve absolutely transpired if there had been supper plans in the calendar for, say, a Saturday night time when expectations (to me, at the very least) sense higher. But for a weeknight evening meal? It was like I was cooking for my family. It felt excellent. It felt straightforward. And as shortly as they still left, my mind raced with other approaches I could harness the lower-critical issue in buy to aim on what mattered: viewing my pals far more. Every day chili with cornbread? A large pot of butternut squash soup and a crusty baguette? A number of mushroom-and-olive pies from the corner pizzeria? This is heading to be enjoyment.

chicken pot pie easy recipe

Rooster Pot Pie
This is my turkey pot pie, just working with rooster. Don’t neglect to thaw your puff pastry forward of time. Would make 4 generous servings or 6 medium servings.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped into significant chunks
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cups peeled and chopped carrots (from about 2-3 medium carrots)
1 tablespoon contemporary thyme leaves (from 8-10 sprigs clean thyme)
Kosher salt and freshly floor pepper
3 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 1/2 cups hen broth
3/4 cup milk (any sort, preferably complete)
1/4 cup all-objective flour
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups shredded cooked hen (use a keep-bought rotisserie and really do not neglect to chop up that crispy skin, way too!)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 keep acquired puff pastry, these kinds of as Dufour model, rolled out gently on a floured surface area, to the approximate dimensions it would just take to drape around your baking dish by about 1 inch all all-around
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon h2o

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Add the butter and olive oil to a huge pot or Dutch Oven set above medium warmth, then increase the onion, celery, carrots, thyme leaves, a generous volume of salt and pepper and prepare dinner, stirring once in a while until finally onions have browned marginally, about 5 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, and incorporate the broth. (Greens should really just scarcely be submerged.) Convey to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, till the potatoes are primarily tender — they’ll prepare dinner additional in the oven.

While the vegetables are simmering, in a measuring cup or tiny bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Slowly insert the flour–milk mixture, along with Worcestershire sauce, to the pot, and switch up the heat to medium. Stir and cook dinner until the filling receives bubbly and thickened. Get rid of the pot from the heat and stir in the hen and peas.

Insert the pot pie filling to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan on major of the filling and go over with the puff pastry, earning positive there is a small little bit of overhang on all sides. (You really do not have to crimp it.) Slash 6 to 8 slits on the major to let the steam to escape though baking. Utilizing a pastry brush, totally (and carefully) paint the surface area with the egg wash, which will outcome in a attractive golden sheen.

Put the pie in the oven and set the timer for 25 minutes, but hold an eye on it! If the best darkens right before 20 minutes, go over loosely with foil (do not wrap it, just position loosely on major). Bake until eventually the pastry is puffy and golden and the filling is effervescent by the slits. It must appear major and puffy all all over the perimeter, all the more spectacular for presenting! The center may well collapse a little, but that is okay.

P.S. A meal discussion starter and Joanna’s lasagna get together.

(Rooster pot pie photograph by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)

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