Monday, January 25, 2010

Turkey Pot Pie

Traditional Turkey Pot Pie (scroll to the bottom to see my version =D )

from For the Mommas

I make my own pie crusts, but for the sake of this recipe, store bought is fine.
Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
  • 1/2 cup butter and 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2  cups of cooked turkey (depending on how much meat you prefer)
  • 1 carrot finely chopped (you may add more if you love carrots!)
  • 2 stalks of chopped celery
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 clove of pressed garlic
  • 1 package of premade pie shells (not shown)
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley

Oven Preheated to 400 F.

 1. In large sauce pan melt butter – add pressed garlic.
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2. Gradually blend in flour and salt.
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3. Add in pepper and onion. Mixture will thicken.  Don’t worry if it become slightly clumpy, just make sure all the flour is mixed in from the bottom of the pan.
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4. Slowly pour in chicken broth, mixing frequent. The mixture should become smooth and thick. You will want to stir constantly to avoid lumps.
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5. In a separate pan, add carrots and celery with butter. Saute lightly. (you will notice my celery is frozen. I tend to buy my vegetables in bulk and dice and freeze. This saves me both time and money)
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6. While your vegetables are sauting, add the turkey and parsley to the sauce.  Stir over medium heat 3-4 minutes.
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7. Add vegetables in saute pan to mixture. Also add potatoes. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
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8. Place pie shell in round pan. Pour mixture into bottom pie crust. Be sure to leave enough room to cover the top with another pie shell.
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9. Cover with additional pie shell. Pinch edges together. Make several small slits to allow steam to get out. (this doesn’t need to be perfect. Mine never look like the ones in the magazines.
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10. Cook on 400 degrees for 25 -3o until crust is golden brown.
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MY VERSION, alterations

LEFT: I didn't have any pepper (I know who runs out of pepper) so I used my favorite Omaha Steaks steak seasoning. 
RIGHT:  I just did like 2 cups mixed frozen veggies sauteed in butter.

I didn't have any parsley, oops (see how prepared I was).

I didn't have any real potatoes either so I just did instant mashed potatoes. It thickened it up nicely.

I put everything into my Pampered Chef pie stone dish....fits nicely. I also tried this with my round cake pan - too small.

My pretty slices to let the air in....

Finished: pretty yummy, my 13 month old sure loved it. My husband and BIL not big fans. We ate ours with rice - nice hearty meal. Probably could use more spices if I hadn't forgotten or substituted stuff. =D

Oh and I had enough filling to make 2 pot pies! Maybe because of the mashed potatoes?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Covered Brownie Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Covered Brownie Bites
from Picky Palate

1 brownie mix such as Pillsbury

2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 Cup peanut butter (I think next time I might put closer to 1/3 or 1/2 cup peanut butter)

1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Bake until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center but still slightly undercooked. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. When you are able to touch brownies comfortably, scoop brownies with a medium cookie scoop, roll tightly into a ball and place onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Continue rolling until brownies are gone. Freeze brownies until very firm, a couple hours or overnight. No worries if your brownie balls aren't perfect, once frozen reshape them. They are easier to handle when chilled.

2. Place chocolate chips over a double broiler (or heat in microwave until smooth) to melt, then stir in peanut butter until creamy smooth. Roll each frozen brownie ball into chocolate and place onto wax paper to dry. Enjoy room temperature or chilled.

I made these for everyone for play group - so addicting and everyone loved them. I made some just dipped in chocolate and then some dipped with the peanut butter and chocolate. I think I like the peanut butter and chocolate more. I was probably more in trouble for making these because everyone there is trying to work on getting rid of baby weight....sorry guys for the temptation! I'm just addicted to chocolate.

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