I don’t even like Pot Pie… I have told Rich that since we first started dating (and too bad for him, because he loves pot pie)! As much as he loves Pot Pie, I guess I might love him (eww barf – I know!) because I decided to put my hate of cooked veggies & pot pie to the test and make him one of his “favorite” foods. I made some changes here – which its Pot Pie – you can do that! I hate hate hate peas & cooked carrots – so they didn’t go in there (I used green beans instead of peas & actually cut up 3 whole baby carrots to put in there, just to push myself a little more – I know mom, I willingly put carrots into something that was getting cooked)!
(As adapted from Closet Cooking– congrats to Kevin for making his own pie crust, and as a side note: I now have this blog bookmarked because check out some of those “top recipes”… yeah, thats what I’m talking about!)
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion (chopped)
2 stalks celery (chopped)
1 small small carrot (chopped)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk
1 pound cooked chicken (shredded)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup frozen/canned green beans
1 cup canned corn
salt and pepper to taste
2 pre-made Pillsbury crusts
Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Mix in the flour and let it cook for a minute. Carefully mix in the chicken stock followed by the milk. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chicken, thyme, green beans, corn and season with salt and pepper. Pour the filling into a pie dish with the bottom crust laid inside (read the box for help here if you need it. Place the 2nd pie dough over the pie plate and fold any excess under itself. Seal the top and bottom crusts. Cut  1-inch slits on the top. Place the pie onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400F oven until the crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Surprises of Surprises – I LIKED IT! (My parent’s first dog was Mikey – like the Life commercial, this way in case mom made something dad hated: they could feed it to the dog & say “Mikey likes it”). The flavors all worked, there were veggies I liked – and Pot Pie is no longer something I will say “eww” to (as long as the right veggies are in there!)
I leave you with this: Force yourself to try something new – go out of your comfort zone – take a chance… some of the best things in life come when you say ‘why the heck not’!
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