Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Chicken Potpie


So I told the Mister that due to a particularly busy week combined with a many social obligations, that there would just not be enough time for me to clean the bathroom or get some baking done. His reaction?
"What?! No dessert?" Because really, isn't dessert a priority over a clean bathroom?

Instead, I made one of his favorite meals.

This is the perfect time of year to make potpie. You can boil the chicken and then place it outside in a pan to cool off quickly before taking it apart. Even better if there is snow on the ground. Just make sure you don't have any loose animals outside because a cooked chicken unattended will attract attention. This is a hearty meal.

Chicken Potpie
Serves 8

1 chicken 3-4 lbs.
water to cover
1 T salt
1 cup chopped celery
4 med. potatoes, cut into cubes
a pinch of saffron (optional)
2 T fresh chopped parsley or 1 T dried

Put chicken in a large kettle and boil with water. Add salt, pepper, and celery. Cook until tender, about 90 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and cool. Debone, and set aside. Add potatoes to simmering broth. Finally, add potpie squares and parsley. Simmer for 20 minutes.

To make potpie squares:

Short cut: Buy them from your local Amish market or bulk foods store. Don't have one? They are easy to make.

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2-3 T of water

Make a well in the flour and add eggs and salt. Work together into a stiff dough. If it gets too dry, add water. Roll out the dough very thin (1/8 inch) and cut into 1 inch squares (a pastry wheel works nice for this.) Drop into boiling broth and cook 10-15 minutes. Add chopped parsley and serve.

Serves 8

7 comments:

  1. Cook and de-bone a chicken?? I thought chickens came de-boned and skinned in packages. Of course you make it sound like a piece of cake so I can't say I'll never do it! Actually Scott knows how to do that - shouldn't that be reversed? There's nothing like homemade broth - yum, it wouldn't be the same with store bought. You have a busy week and that's what your husband gets for dinner - what a lucky man! And I'm with him, dessert comes before the bathroom - priorities, honey. Thanks for the recipe!! ♥

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  2. Beth- I'll be sure to tell him how lucky he is. Meanwhile, you start boiling water and send Scott out for a chicken. I'm going to call and walk you through a deboning!

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  3. Enjoys boneless, skinless SpamFebruary 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    As the only female in a houseful of males, I'm sorry, but the bathrooms must come first... HEY! That's an idea, if they want dessert, they can take care of the bathrooms. :)

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  4. Bathroom? who needs a clean bathroom? Food? Gotta have it. Dessert? WE'LL STARVE IF WE DON'T HAVE DESSERT!

    At least that's what my 3 teenage boys think!

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  5. Who needs clean bathrooms?
    Fodd? Gotta have it! Dessert? We'll starve without it!!!

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  6. Who needs clean bathrooms?
    Fodd? Gotta have it! Dessert? We'll starve without it!!!

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  7. Who needs clean bathrooms?
    Fodd? Gotta have it! Dessert? We'll starve without it!!!

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