I have started a new chapter in my life, and it involves food. Cooking food, and eating it of course. For those of you that are now worried, I promise not to balloon up, after all I have a wedding dress to fit into.
So with my new found love of cooking I decided to try a new recipe last night, with gleaming success. It is an absolute crowd pleaser and is really simple to prepare.
-Chicken, Leek and Potato Pie-
Serves 4 and then some.
- Chicken- either 4 whole chicken legs or 4 chicken breasts.(Better yet use leftovers from a whole chicken roast)
- Salt and black pepper
- Olive oil
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 onion diced finely
- 2 leeks- only use the white and pale green parts of the leek. Cut in half lengthwise and then into strips
- 2 potatoes cut into squares
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 sheet frozen pastry-thawed
- 1 large egg
- fresh parsley (dried works too)
Now for the fun part...
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Place chicken legs on a baking tray with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 mins, turn, roast for another 15 mins.
- Set chicken aside to cool and lower the oven to 350 F.
- When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat with a fork.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add leaks and onions. Saute until tender.
- Add the potatoes.
- Add flour to pan, stirring constantly for about a minute.
- Slowly stir in chicken stock, milk, and cream.
- Simmer over low heat until sauce thickens.
- Stir in the chicken. (if you think you have too much chicken save the rest for my yummy chicken salad recipe)
- Add parsley, thyme, and Basil. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for a few minutes. If sauce appears too thick, add some more milk.
- Spoon the pie filling into an oven-proof baking dish, roll out the puff pastry and drape over the top. Press against the rim of the dish.
- Mix the egg with a tablespoon of milk. Cut holes into the pastry to allow for steam to escape, and brush with the egg mixture.
- Bake for 50 minutes, check the pastry every now and then. If it is turning brown turn the oven down too 300 F.
- Take out and enjoy with good company.
So there you have it, the most heavenly pie on earth. I just ate the leftovers and I can say it oven reheats very very well.