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in which i lose, but i still win
I have had my ass thoroughly kicked in the chicken pot pie race by my own beloved darkwolfie. My version is from the back of the Bisquick box -- undiluted cream of chicken soup, frozen veg, chunked up cooked chicken, Bisquick batter on top. It's good enough for a quick and filling meal, but I have problems getting the batter cooked all the way through before it burns on top. The uncooked batter won't hurt you (I don't think), but it's gross. I've already decided that I need to heat the goo before I pour the batter over and try to bake it.

darkwolfie took my recipe tonight and ran with it. He boiled the chicken in yummy good stuff, rather than cooking it in the microwave (remember, my recipe is built for speed), and added fresh vegetables: potatoes, carrots, green beans, and some sugar snap peas. He used a bigger pan than I (9x13 v. 8x8) and three cans of soup to my one, plus he added cooked stuffing mix to the bottom of the pan before he baked it all. He made one batch of the Bisquick batter, which made a much thinner topping, which in my opinion was perfect for this version.

It was delicious. The only issue was that he cooked the potatoes in the microwave, and the larger pieces didn't cook. There are lots of leftovers, though, so they should soften up as we reheat them.

I'm proud to say that he kicked my butt in this particular race, because I get to say that my recipe was the inspiration. And I got fed.

i feel: happy happy

5 trips or shoot the rapids
darkwolfie From: darkwolfie Date: January 29th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
I didn't kick your butt with the pie, baby...I just massaged it a little.

The pie, I mean!

I'm just glad it didn't come out a crashing disaster...but at least the dishes are done!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 29th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC) (base camp)
That's okay, you can massage my butt, too.
points From: points Date: January 29th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
Are you all interested in the chicken pot pie recipie I've been slowly working on perfecting for a few years now? Knid of heavy, with a good kick of pepper. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 29th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC) (base camp)
Sure! We can always dial back the pepper if we need to.
points From: points Date: March 12th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC) (base camp)
Of course, now that I'm trying to write it down, I realize I've been doing it mostly by feel all these years. *thinks*

I cube the chicken and lightly sear it in olive oil that has been dusted with freshly cracked black pepper. I roughly dice two yellow onions and cook until almost transparent (also in olive oil). I add baby carrots, usually cut once, at this point, plus add the chicken back in. I cube golden 'taters (sometimes I'll peel them), and half-boil them.. until they can take a fork without cracking, but are not soft enough to eat. I add that to the vegetables, along with frozen peas. I season, usually with hungarian paprika, a dash of salt, and plenty of chopped garlic. I'll typically drop some savories in, too. Maybe thyme.

At this point, I make a basic flour rue with butter, flour and some of the water from the 'taters mixed with whole milk. I add more pepper in here. Once this thickens, I add the vegetables and meat from above to it and stir it together well. Cook for another 15min, seasoning as warrented.

I'll have a cassarole dish lined with a good pie crust, lightly buttered, and will pour the mix from above into it, then cover with more pie crust, and puncture a few times with a fork. I garnish the top with more paprika.
Bake until the crust is done, and yum!
5 trips or shoot the rapids