Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Easy Pot Pie

Having stewed a chicken yesterday afternoon, I had to figure out what it was going to become for dinner. I was really craving chicken and dumplings. But that's such a pain to make. Instead I decided to go with a "pot pie" which is really more like chicken-and-dumplings than like a pie, except I bake the dish instead of steaming the dumplings.

For the guts of the dish, you'd use the chicken meat and some veggies, with the stock turned into a gravy-ish sauce. This all goes into a greased pan (like a 13x9 or a lasagna pan). The top "crust" is made with pancake mix.

For a 9x9" pan, combine
1 egg
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup buttermilk complete pancake mix
1 cup grated cheddar

Spread this on top of the chicken-veggie mix, and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 375. This is a super-fast topping for a pot pie, and the cheese makes it extra good.

When I'm being a good girl and making things from scratch, this is the same kind of topping, in an amount for a 13x9:

1/2 cup ww flour
1 cup white flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp oil
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar


  1. I haven't done it in about a year, but we do a "leftover pot pie" that usually comes out surprisingly good. I keep a large bucket in the freezer and put leftovers (not enough left for another meal) in the bucket, usually left over meat, potatoes, veggies, rice, etc. - nothing too strongly flavored like curries. Once the bucket is full enough to fill a pie, I defrost it and use it as the filling for whatever type of crust you like to use. I will definitely keep your crust recipes handy. Thanks.

  2. Wait a few years, Michelle. There won't be any leftovers. ;-) It is amazing how much scavenging for food can happen in a kitchen. I can't remember how long ago you were in Wisconsin. Do you remember when Wietings kept snacks around all the time, because the boys needed to eat and eat and eat and could NEVER get full or put on weight?

    Right now, we usually eat up whatever I fix. But if I'm very intentional about making too much, then somebody takes it to work the next day for his dinner. I know someday there will be leftovers again. But right now it's hard to believe that it will ever happen.

  3. Sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to try it. I have a couple of new recipes that I need to share.