Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie

I tried HBH Brown Sage-Butter Chicken Pot Pie (which you can see in my pictures) from the HBH Super Simple book but it just didn’t compare to my mom’s recipe. It is too good not to share her recipe instead so you are in for a treat! The HBH recipe was just so runny/soupy, while my mom’s is nice and rich and creamy! So below you will get the recipe for my mom’s Chicken Pot Pie. It is 100% foolproof and my absolutely favourite meal to eat during fall/winter. It also freezes very well so you can add this recipe to your list of freezer meals 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy!

Time: 30 min – 1 hour to prep + 15 – 20 min cook time

Yield: 6 servings

Calories/Serving: 304 – 354 (depends on your crust topping of choice)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth*
  • 3 cups cooked cubed chicken or turkey**
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (depends how much veg you like)
  • Bisquick biscuits or puff pastry or pie crust***

Directions:

  1. Cook onions in butter until tender (not brown).
  2. Blend in flour and salt. Stir in broth. Cook & stir until thickened and bubbling.
  3. Add cooked chicken or turkey and veggies. Heat until bubbling.
  4. Pour into a casserole dish and top with biscuits, puff pastry, or pie pastry.
  5. Bake at 450F for 15 – 20 min until topping is cooked/brown.

Notes:

*I usually use chicken Bovril to make broth which you can find here.

**I cannot emphasize how invaluable having cooked shredded turkey in your freezer is. We always buy turkeys, cook, shred them and then divide them into bags for the freezer to have later for meals exactly like this. It will help cut down on prep time. If you have to cook and cut up the chicken it will increase prep time.

*** This is entirely personal preference. I prefer puff pastry because it doesn’t take as long to cook and cuts down on prep time. Biscuits will take time to prepare and when I use pie pastry I find it hard to get it to fully cooked underneath because it’s touching the wet pie.

Freeze option: If you plan on freezing this meal put the pot pie in a casserole dish. If using puff pastry or pie pastry you can put the topping on the chicken mixture and cover and freeze it. If you are making biscuits I would wait until actually cooking the chicken pie. When ready to eat pull out chicken pie to thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter. Cook at 450F for 20-30 min until bubbling. Then I would put on the biscuits and bake for another 15 min. until the biscuits look done. For the pie and puff pastry I would do a similar time of 35 – 45 min total but watching to see when the crust browns.

Equipment Required:

  • Deep frying pan
  • Mixing spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Casserole dish

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY

  • Steps: 5
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 30 min – 1 hour of prep (1 hour if you have to cook the chicken, only 30 minutes if you already have cooked turkey or chicken on hand)
    • Rating: Easy – Moderate
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 8 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy

Turkey with Sage Stuffing

I thought I would share how to cook a turkey for those of you who aren’t sure how or are looking to cook a turkey for the shredded meat. I love cooking a full turkey and shredding the meat and dividing it into 1 cup portions and putting it into the freezer for when I need it for casseroles or other dishes that call for shredded turkey or chicken. When I do this I usually don’t add the stuffing but rather just leave the cavity empty. I got this recipe from my mom and it has worked out perfectly for me every time.

Ingredients:

  • 12 – 15 lb. turkey (6 – 7.5 kg)
  • Salt
  • Butter

Instructions:

1. Wash turkey and take out giblets.

2. Stuff with stuffing (see recipe below).

3. Put crust pieces on ends to close.

4. Put bird in roaster* and generously salt both sides of the turkey and dot with dabs of butter.

5. Bake covered: (you can use any of the time suggestions below that work for your schedule)

  • 8 hours at 275F
  • 6 hours at 300F
  • 4 hours at 350F

Note* If you don’t have a turkey roaster you could just buy a tin/disposable roasting pan and cover the turkey with foil.

STUFFING

  • 1 loaf of bread, diced (approximately; to fill a large Tupperware bowl)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons dried sage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • cream

Instructions:

1. Mix first 5 ingredients.

2. Drizzle in cream and mix until it feels moist enough to clump together.

3. Pour butter over and mix. Squish.


Potluck Macaroni & Cheese

Potluck Macaroni & Cheese

This recipe review is brought to you from Taste of Home. So far, this is the best macaroni and cheese recipe I have found. I have served it at potlucks and everyone loves it! It isn’t dry at all but soft and so cheesy! If anyone has another macaroni & cheese recipe they think is better please share in the comments below and I’d be happy to try it out!

Time: 30 min prep + 2.5 hours cooking time

Yield: 16 servings (about 3/4 cup)

Calories/Serving: 388

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 package (450 g) Velveeta, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (I used Balderson)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (354 ml) evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until heated/cooked through, 2 to 2.5 hours, stirring once.

Link to the recipe on Taste of Home can be found HERE.

Equipment Required:

  • Stove pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Slow cooker
  • Cheese grater
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Measuring cups
  • Microwave or stovetop
  • Bowl
  • Cooking spray

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY

  • Steps: 2
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 30 minutes (you can prep everything else while your pasta is boiling)
    • Rating: Easy
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 8 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy