Hi lovely friends, how are ya? Another weekend of April is coming soon...wow, where is 2012 flying to??
ENGLISH CHICKEN PIE
For the dough:
In your food processor put the following ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup margarine, 1 egg, 1 tsp. salt, 3-4 Tb. spoons cream and process til it forms a ball...if it's to dry you can add 1 Tb. cream more. Take it out and roll half of it to form whatever shape of greased pan you want to use...individual ones, like I did, or one pie plate. Sometimes the dough breaks, just mend it with some rolled dough. Use the other half of the dough to cover a big pie plate or small ones.
For the chicken filling:
Cook a big chicken breast, or two small ones. When they are done, reserve the chicken and with 2 cups of the chicken broth make a French sauce, or Bechamel, already with, salt, pepper, garlic powder, (or fresh-mashed garlic) a dash of nutmeg and just add like a 1/4 cup milk, that's all. If it looks to dry add some more broth. Set aside.
Meanwhile, have cooked some mixed veggies that come in the frozen bags. Some can mushroom buttons, some cooked cubed onions, or leek rings, I like the latter cause they're more elegant. Mix it all with the Bechamel sauce and add 2 Tablespoons of sherry, or white wine, if you have. Lower the flame and mix it all well. Now add cubes of the cooked chicken you reserved and mix well. Fill the prepared pie plate with this mixture, or individual ones as I did. Roll the other half of the dough to cover top of the pie plate, or the small ones, like in my pics. Bake in hot oven at 350F for around 35-40 min., check your oven.
CREAM OF VEGETABLES
This is easy and goes as follows: Use veggies that you like, it doesn't matter. Like cooked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchinis, celery, red and green peppers, spinach, etc.
In a deep soup pot put 2 Tablespoons cooking oil, or olive oil and 1 med.cubed onion, saute. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin...if you like it. Add broth, water with chicken or a meat bouillon cube and cook, than mix all your cooked veggies. Once it's all done, take it to your blender or Cuisinart and blend it all until it resembles a cream soup, add a 1/2 cup of half and half, or plain milk like I do...(less fattening). This is it. You can serve it with, a poached egg inside like my Mil used to and we love, bread cubes, or nothing.
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