Monday, October 19, 2009

Mike makes a mean pot pie




Don't let the oysters fool you, I'll get to the pot pie in a minute! This weekend we made a trip home to Long Island for an annual Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay. We look forward to this all year, and I've been going since I was a kid. Long gone are the party atmosphere days, where you could walk around with a beer while you sampled all the lovely seafood. Now it's more family oriented, which is good since I have one, so the kids had a ball on the rides and got their hot dog and cotton candy fix.

Back to the Oysters. I love them raw, Mike waited on the line for 25 minutes to get a few plates, but of course it was worth it. I squirted them with fresh lemon, and a bit of cocktail sauce. They were cold, and so clean tasting, I was done in a few minutes. Next up were fried Oysters, this line was much shorter, I still inhaled them. The batter was crunchy, but light, and full of black pepper, you could smell it in the air as they cooked. Again all they needed was a bit of cocktail sauce. It's not even 10 o'clock and I could go for some right now.




Last week Mike made one of his fall specialties, Chicken Pot Pie. We had grilled chicken thighs the other night, and had a ton left over, so Mike chopped it up to make the pie. Sometimes he substitutes lobster for the chicken for a special dinner. This time instead of a biscuit crust, he used corn bread, which added a sweetness that worked with the salty inside.

Here is the recipe, he usually doubles it so we have one pie to eat, another for the freezer:

3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped carrot
2 cups diced potato
2 cups frozen baby peas
1 can of Nibblets Corn
3 cups of chicken stock - we use organic, or MSG free Swansons
1 cup of milk
butter, salt and pepper, flour, Bisquick or corn muffin mix

Heat oven to 375, grease a medium sized baking pan with butter

In a saute pan, melt 6 tablespoons (I know, it sounds like a lot) of butter and sautee the onion and carrot, after about 5 minutes stir in 6 tablespoons of flour, until it turns a light brown. Pour in stock, stir and bring to a boil, cook about 10 minutes until it thickens. Then add milk, and cook about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, mix in chicken, peas corn and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, pour into baking dish.

If you're doing a biscuit top, mix 2 1/4 cups of Bisquick and 2/3 cup milk, and pour over the top of the chicken mixture, and make little slits in the crust so steam escapes. For the corn bread topping, we used a box of Jiffy, followed the directions for corn bread and poured that over the top.

Bake 35 - 40 minutes until bubbly, and crust is browned. Let it sit about five minutes before chowing down.

26 comments:

Sophia's Mom said...

didn't even read the recipe, because let's face it, the oven is my enemy but that looks amazing! way to go mike!!!

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Clueless_Mama said...

That sounds amazing!! Pot Pie is one of my favorite meals. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious. Also thanks for the prayers for my daddy. I appreciate it. :) Sorry to hear about your mother in law

Margaret said...

This actually doesn't sound too difficult! My daughter loves pot pie and I could make this up pretty quickly! Thanks for the recipe!

Tonya said...

Bummer - I don't do the pot pie thing, but hope ya'll enjoyed it.
Visiting from SITS. Have a great day.
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blueviolet said...

You're not kidding about that pot pie. I think it's the best one I've ever seen!

Theta Mom said...

That looks like a rockin pot pie! BTW, I know Long Island very well, I went to Hofstra. :)

Tara said...

Euewww...oysters, definitely not a fan. Now that pot pie, that's what I'm talking about! Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Susan Fobes said...

Well, you can have the oysters-I never had the stomach to try any-but the pot pie looks delicious. With the weather getting colder, it's time for one of those meals that warms the old insides... I might try your recipe this weekend.

Debbie said...

I was wondering how those oysters morphed into a pot pie! It is so cold here - I bet that pie would taste great!
Dropped by from SITS.

Jacky said...

That pot pie looks YUM! Now I'm hungry. The good news is, we're having cinnamon rolls for breakfast to celebrate my mom's birthday, and I have a penchant for those, too. =)

Stopping by from SITS because I thought your description of "hacking like a goose" was kinda funny. =)

RunToTheFinish said...

ohh the oyster fest sounds neat! i always like those kinds of things!

wow that pot pie looks so good. I haven't had one in...well ages

Tori Jean said...

Saying hello from SITS,..hope you all feel better!

Twincerely,Olga said...

stoppin by from SITS!!! Looks delicious!!!Stop by I am now following you

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

Visiting from SITS... hope your family feels better soon... LOVE fried oysters, not the raw ones, too slimy! I like pot pie - without PEAS - I cannot handle anything with PEAS, just the thought makes me gag!!
Hope you have a great week and are up and around soon!!

Brianne said...

Sounds so good. Never had lobster pot pie! You are so lucky your husband can cook! Mine just grills in the summer.

Xenia said...

Yeah, skipping right over the recipe because that would involve way too much cooking. It's all got to come out of a box at my house.

P.S. About your silicone comment - yes, it IS weird that you thought that. :)

Liberty said...

Mmmmmmm!! Popping over from SITS. Hope you feel better. We are all getting over cruddiness here as well.

xxoo,
Liberty

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CityGirl GoneCountry said...

Yummy...That is all i can say about the pot pie:) I am gonna have to try this i have never made one homemade.Thanks for sharing!

Gabrielle said...

That looks awesome!! Happy SITS Tuesday!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

With the cooler, wetter weather, my husband and I were just talking about making a chicken pot pie. Yours looks delish!

Stopping by from SITS to say hello!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

That pot pie looks amazing! Pot pies are one of my all-time fave fall meals... I mean, can you really go wrong with chicken, creamy sauce and a crspy biscuit topping!!??

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One Chic Mommy said...

You are so lucky to not only have a husband that cooks but one that cooks well! That pot pie looks delish!

UpstateFoodSnob said...

Pot Pie.... Yummo! It's funny ya know, Pot pie is one of those things I just never considered making until this past winter. My co-worker saw some food network show making one..... and it was all over. We now dream about pot pies...
and it's contagous! My sister said that she tried making one with the new white wine chicken stock that college inn makes, and she said it was yummy! Horray for the pot pie!

RunnerDude said...

By the way....this pie is the bomb! My kids love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!