Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

I laughed just now as I looked at the name of the recipe I'm about to type out. The author, Laura Calder, calls it "Chicken Pot Pie for the Perfectionists." Well, that's an understatement. This recipe is the longest recipe I have ever made for something that T tells me I could buy for $9.99 at Costco. I will argue up and down now though, having made it, that you cannot even begin to compare the two.

I didn't think of this recipe as a challenge. It's chicken pot pie, after all, not a dish I'm unfamiliar with. But it definitely was a challenge in cooking endurance. And if you think you can cut corners, don't. It is the detail in this recipe that makes it a truly incomparable pie. When all was said and done, this recipe took me two days to make, so if you do decide to do this, you need to be organized and have the time to dedicate to this. In fact, you'll even need some decent time to sit down to read through the ingredient list, let alone the instructions. So, grab a coffee and maybe a snack and settle in. Here goes:

Chicken Pot Pie for the Perfectionists

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken
  • 1 chicken, about 3 pounds, whole
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • For the Enriched Stock
  • 1 large carrot, halved
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 celery rib, roughly chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 generous sprig of thyme
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • For the Crust
  • Lard pastry
  • For the Garnish
  • 3 carrots, sliced, about 2 cups
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 leeks, halved and sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in lardons
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 large handfuls of chopped fresh parsley
  • For the Sauce
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika, more to taste
  • To Finish
  • egg wash
Read the whole recipe on Being Suzy Homemaker