Friday, January 8, 2010

Chicken Mushroom and Bacon Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

It is apparently celebrity week here at Sidewalk Shoes. I have covered Emeril, Jamie Oliver, and now Nigella Lawson. Do you want to know why, I've managed to hit all these high notes? I'll tell you. It's my new organization schedule.

Chicken Pot Pie

I love a schedule. I adore schedules. You probably noticed, since I post garden photos on Tuesdays, cat photos on Saturdays, and wine or book reviews on Sundays. No one told me to post those things on those days, that is just the wonderful control freak scheduler that I am. So, anyway back to my new schedule. Well...lets back up. On my old schedule, I planned my menus on Thursdays and Fridays because I went grocery shopping on Saturday. The problem was that by Thursday and Friday, I'm tired, school is annoying, and planning the menu is not fun, it's work. So, I changed it. I plan my menus on Sunday. Lovely Sunday, where I can take as much time as I need. Now menu planning is a leisure activity. Time to browse through more books, thumb through magazines, click through internet pages. I know what you're thinking. But Pam, you go grocery shopping on Saturday, how do you plan your menus on Sunday?? Easy. I plan for not the next week, but the week after that! See right now, I know what I'm making this weekend, and I know what I'm making next week. Crazy, right?!

Chicken Pot Pie

So, anyway, thanks to the beauty of my new schedule I'm able to find gems like this Chicken Mushroom and Bacon Pie from Nigella. Seriously! A chicken pot pie with no silly peas or carrots, instead it has bacon and mushrooms. I don't even have to tell you how good this was.

Chicken Mushroom and Bacon Pie
Serves 2

3 slices bacon, cut or scissored into 1-inch strips
1 teaspoon garlic infused oil (I just used olive oil)
2 cups chestnut mushrooms, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces (I used cremini)
8 ounces chicken thigh fillets cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cups hot chicken stock
1 tablespoon Marsala
1 (13-ounce) 9 by 16-inch sheet all-butter ready-rolled puff pastry

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Fry the bacon strips in the oil until beginning to crisp, then add the sliced mushrooms and soften them in the pan with the bacon.

Turn the chicken strips in the flour and thyme (you could toss them about in a freezer bag), and then melt the butter in the pan before adding the floury chicken and all the flour left in the bag. Stir around with the bacon and mushrooms until the chicken begins to color.

Pour in the hot stock and Marsala, stirring to form a sauce and let this bubble away for about 5 minutes.

Make a pastry rim for each of your pots for the pies, by this I mean an approximately 1/2-inch strip curled around the top of the pots. Dampen the edges to make them stick.

Cut a circle bigger than the top of each pie-pot for the lid, and then divide the chicken filling between the two.

Dampen the edges again and then pop on the top of each pie sealing the edges with your fingers or the underneath of the prongs of a fork.

Cook the pies for about 20 minutes turning them around half way through cooking. Once cooked, they should puff up magnificently


Joy said...

This sounds delicious and I might even be able to pull it off. I even have the puff pastry on hand!

Chow and Chatter said...

this looks wonderful love pies, thanks for following chow and chatter will do like wise

Love Rebecca

Kim said...

I have heard a lot of good things about this pot pie. I'm good at making lists, but not schedules ;D

shabby girl said...

Looks mahvelous! I can almost taste it!
Your scheduling is a great idea. Hubby prefers to go almost every day. Must be why I dislike shopping. I would much prefer doing it your way.
Actually, one of the things that makes me crazy is how COLD the stores are. No kidding, everyone is freezing while they shop.

noble pig said...

Bacon? Well you know I'm in!

George Gaston said...

Pam, I like schedules, too. It helps keep my brain cells organized.

This recipe sounds like the perfect way to keep body & soul warm during these winter days & nights. I am definitely going to make this over the weekend. Many thanks...

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Your new schedule makes perfect sense. I love taking my time planning menus too, it makes the process enjoyable instead of drudgery.

Yum, that pot pie looks fabulous ~ wonderful pictures Pam!

Marjie said...

MMMM....bacon! I'm no fan of mushrooms, but I could pick them out, right?

I love planning and making schedules, too. I even have organizational charts for the dishwasher. Sad.

Mags said...

Another scheduler here. And list maker. And anal retentive organizer...LOL

I think this version of chicken pot pie sounds spectacular!

A Year on the Grill said...

sounds great... add a few peas and carrots and you are all set


Lori Lynn said...

The pie looks and sounds fabulous.

Pam, you and I are so different, I go to the store almost every day, deciding what I want to make want for dinner daily...what am I in the mood for tonight???

I mentioned you on my blog today.
Lori Lynn

Chris said...

That pie looks like appropriate comfort food for this cold snap.

And Nigella is my Food Network crush :)

What is this "schedule" that you speak of? Is that French or something? ha ha

La Table De Nana said...

Pam those photos are mouth watering!!!

Mimi said...

This looks pretty tasty. I think I'll add it to my schedule!

lisa said...

I'm getting ready to post two Nigella recipes--my first time cooking from her recipes. Your pot pie looks amazing!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pam, That chicken mushroom and bacon pie sounds wonderful. Thanks!!!!

I am a 'control-freak' person also--although in retirement, my life has loosened up a bit. We shop on Wednesdays and that is ALL. We make lists and follow them... We budget and follow it... I find that our money goes farther when we stay within budget and when we make lists and abide by them.

When life is scheduled, everything seems to go better --and I certainly get more done when I'm organized....That's just me!!!!


buffalodick said...

That sounds like it would fly around this house! I am no planner...I do my best work winging it! As I've said before I have the attention span of a ferret on crack... :)

merrilymarylee said...

Oh, to have control over ones' own freakiness. I salute you.

What day are desserts? :)

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Love the pastry. Sounds delicious.

Amy said...

You are one wild woman, Pam. I'm a list kind of gal. Love my lists...I even speak in lists, but I alter it between 1-2-3 and A-B-C. You and are could party.

Celestial Charms said...

Wow, this looks so delicious. Cozy feel good food. Great photo.

Esme said...

This sounds great-I made turkey pot pie for dinner.

The Gypsy Chef said...

OMG, I love you. As a Virgo I admire your control freak ways. I can't do that simply because I would change my mind in 2 days let alone a week. But you my friend are amazing!
The Chicken Pie looks good too.
You go girl!

Velva said...

Oh my, does that chicken mushroom and bacon pie look absolutely delicious. Now, that is wonderful comfort food, Especially, for this insane weather we have been having too.

P.S. I love schedules too.

Michelle said...

Interesting to plan your menu on a Sunday, I might just start doing that too!

I love Chicken Pie but I don't like the peas and carrots at all. Not that I don't like peas and carrots but they are just boring in a Chicken Pie!

Esme said...

PS my husband is coming over for a slice. BLogging goals are easier than exercise goals. I think.

Debinhawaii said...

So smart of you to plan so far ahead so it works for your schedule. I have seen this pie and thought how good it looked--Yum!

Aux délices des gourmets said...

magnifiques photos ça a l'air délicieux
bonne année 2010 et à bientôt

chapot said...

This pie looks so delicious and your photos are great !

Kevin said...

That crust looks really nice and the filling sounds tasty!

Joanne said...

I love how much of a planner you are. I am pretty much the exact same way. And I also love your blog "schedule" - it's so much fun to know what you will be posting and when.

The pie looks amazing! And who needs peas when you can have bacon? Seriously.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

This does look totally delicious. Gotta love Nigella!
I tend to just plan the meal the day of - based on what I have and what I'm in the mood for. (Except for specific challenges) I admire you for thinking ahead.

lostpastremembered said...

ooh! does it get any better than chicken, mushrooms and bacon... great recipe and photo!

grace said...

pie. with bacon. and a nod to those of us who are schedule-crazy. yeah, this is a great post. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

This savory pie looks so super delicious! Perfect with bacon! I love the pictures!

Peter M said...

Pam, beautiful crust you've got there..I just wish you included a pic of the yummy-sounding filling.