Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's for Dinner Wednesday - Pot Pie





Too much of anything can really decrease your desire for it. This is the case in our home with Snow Crab Legs. We all used to love them. That is, until we had that meal so much we no longer wanted it. Well, all of us except my hubby. It used to be a treat when we would go out for seafood, but once we started making it ourselves, when it came on sale, it became a regular meal. Who would have ever thought that it would be on sale so often?

Rather than deny my hubby his treat (why he hasn't grown sick of it I'll never know) we end up making two meals. Not my idea of fun, but neither is eating something I don't want. This particular night I did not plan on the additional meal so it was time to play MacGyver and see what I could make from what I had on hand. A big round of applause for the person who first said "necessity is the mother of invention".
I grabbed a can of Cream of Potato condensed soup, frozen chicken breasts, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and a refrigerated pie crust. I thought I had some puff pastry/filo, but I was wrong and I would have preferred that.  You could easily use refrigerated biscuits or some Bisquick as well. This isn't really a recipe, so you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.
Brown the chicken until thoroughly cooked. I like to season mine with salt and pepper while browning instead of adding extra to the mix later. Cut into bite sized pieces (you can do this before or after browning). Mix the soup, vegetables (I used 1/2 cup per person), chicken, and half a can of milk (use the soup can after you empty the soup) into a saucepan on the stove and mix. I had my veggie and soup mixture on low while I cooked the chicken. This just saves time in the oven so you are just baking the crust instead of cooking the dish through. Season to taste, but since I add mine while cooking the chicken I left this out. 
I used individual oven safe soup bowls, but you can also bake in a casserole dish. Cover with pie crust and seal around edges. Brush with melted butter or olive oil - I just spray a little olive oil on the top. Pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.

That's it? Yep. All done. It reminds me of the story of stone soup because I just used what I had on hand. It tasted really good, too. I can't be the only one who had thrown something together...what is your story?

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