Monday, January 2, 2012

Chicken Little~


We love chicken..
many ways.. and we love turkey..of course since we have had Frédérick's Tur~Duck~Bit:) nothing will ever compare..

He deboned a turkey,a duck and a rabbit.. all 3 were artistically combined..and it was a feast Christmas eve to savor it..

But usually..our chicken is roasted like above..in Henrietta..(you have met her)..or in our white Revol..or in a tabletop convection oven..I love honey lavender chicken the best I think..apart from asian inspired chicken dishes..

With leftovers..the potpies are my favorite..I have shared them before..But this time..Jacques and I had watched the best moments of the last 10 yrs of J DiStasio and a chef showed one of his meat pies presented w/ a bone in the center..the idea being it adds again more flavor..and when you remove it.. it leaves a hole to add gravy etc..Brilliant..we thought..and it is..
Jacques and I both loved the look and the presentation..


Pre -baked.. they are even cute..My friend Jain alerted me to the sale of these little chicken creusets when we were in Florida.The staff at Pier One Imports ..so nice..they had 4 left and put them aside for me..they were under $ 2.00 each..for a store to take the time to do this..was so appreciated.I know you are not reading Pier One..But thanks so much..Pier One in Florida.
It gave me the opportunity to make smaller versions than in my little red treasures..

And thanks Jain for the heads up..and tails up:)
Baked they are prettier..except night photography at Nanas..is not so use your imagination please..Picture puffed up perfection..all golden..with the little bone standing proud:)

My pot pies are easy..

I make soup w/ the carcass of the chicken but I reserve a good cup or more of flavorful broth..for these..

For the pies..I partially cook sliced carrots..sauté mushrooms in butter..celery....In a sep.skillet I sauté a French chopped shallot a smidge of garlic..in a good tablespoon of butter.. and add a tablespoon 1/2 of flour and cook down a bit..I add the broth..let thicken.. add some cream..let thicken..add chunks of chicken or turkey.. the cooked mushrooms celery and carrots..and add some thyme and frozen peas..season to taste.. Cover w/ puff pastry and bake at 400 for ap 1/2 hr.

Si bon!

You remove the bone before eating..:) if it is a meat pie.. you can add reserved gravy..I didn't need to add anything..It was just very cute,novel and it made us smile:)

42 comments:

  1. Monique, you seem to have the magic touch when it comes to adorable. First your grandchildren and now your little chicken creusets. I think going shopping with you would be such a treat.

    Love your potpies and so glad the sky isn't falling as I first thought when I read your headline (smile).
    Sam

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  2. I'd love to meet up with you and Sam for a day of shopping. Maybe we could come back to your home for a pot pie. I think the "bone in the middle" idea is perfect. Those "fowl" bakers brought a smile to my face.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. I agree with Sam. Some people have a knack for finding the perfect object and creating dishes so appealing we remember tim for years to come.

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  4. Love your Henrietta; she is indeed very special. Mny years ago my husband and I made a Tur~Duck~Bit. You have to be yound and a true FOODIE; what a fun project.
    At this time I prefer making chicken pot pies very similar to yours; will be trying that bone trick.
    Bonne Semaine Monique.
    Rita

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  5. Those rooster creusets are so cute and perfect for chicken pot pie. The bone in the middle tops off this pie beautifully.
    Wow, tur-duck-bit, I don't know where to start. It must have been a magnificent layering of goodness.

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  6. Those are so cute! I never saw them in our Pier One.
    All the best in 2012, good health being the most important! Many blessings to you and yours, and I know, we are already so blessed!

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  7. Happy New Year, Monique!
    I can't think of anything better than a warm pot pie on a cold January day. :D

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  8. WONDERFUL and I adore Pies too.....that looks fabulous!
    Karen

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  9. Thise little chicken "bowls" are adorable! And the little bone sticking out of the pies is kinda funny ... I bet it was delicious :)

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  10. whoops ... those :P

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  11. Noah's Mommy I KNOW how many typos I send your way..each and every email..so many I never noticed yours:)It's funny and cute:)You will like it..

    They are so sweet those little roosters..C'est Jain:)
    Thanks..Have a great week~

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  12. We love chicken too and I just roasted one for our dinner last night. Adorable little bowls and the bone would add wonderful flavor and add a smile too :) I still use my revol roaster and the little red chicken dishes too.

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  13. I start salivating just as soon as I see your blog banner
    Never disappointed :)
    merci carolg

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  14. Carol..we have Fifi to thank for my banner:)Do you know her?
    You would both instantly click~

    Your salads are a delight today.

    Susan..we have shared many many things:)

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  15. Oh yum Monique it is Pot Pie weather here for sure!!

    Happy New Years to you and yours!

    Please come and enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily.

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  16. My dear Ms. M...you do have the cutest of the cute...
    I have the red chicken dishes...I adore them, and chicken pot pie is one of our favorites...
    Your pics are spectacular !
    I have no more room or I would be looking for those little chicken bowls too....lol...
    L

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  17. My dear Ms. M...you do have the cutest of the cute...
    I have the red chicken dishes...I adore them, and chicken pot pie is one of our favorites...
    Your pics are spectacular !
    I have no more room or I would be looking for those little chicken bowls too....lol...
    L

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  18. I am mad at myself for not reading here more often! My one resolution for 2012 haha! How about that? :)
    I think I can do it.
    YUM.

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  19. I love the adorable little chicken Creuset pots and will look for them next I am in Florida! And I have been meaning to make a chicken pot pie forever - yours looks delicious! Wishing you a shining Happy & Healthy 2012 for you and your family!

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  20. Another cute cooking vessel and I love the bone sticking out of the pot pie.

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  21. $2! That is amazing! I am making chicken & biscuits today! Can hardly wait.

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  22. Adorable! Love the chickens...I chuckled at the bone...really cute. :-) I like your recipe. I haven't every included mushrooms and I don't know why, I love them. Cute post!

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  23. You have the magic touch, even with chicken! The bone handle is the most whimsical idea yet.

    Happy New Year to you mon ami, and Jacques! And all the other little men in your life.

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  24. I am back and be sure to know, yours was the first blog I visited.
    I just love your little cruesets and their contents...gorgeous photos.
    Happy New Year precious Monique.
    Love Shel xx

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  25. Oh, look at those bowls! And that great chicken! you have a magical youch Monique. You always have all of us running to the kitchen, or the store, or the internet or the books after we visit here...pure inspiration dropping in here!
    ronelle

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  26. leave it to you to make them extra special, they are so cute i see mine daily :)

    been gone so long i missed your sidebar additions with all the books, you know i love it,so glad you are reading more and more thanks to the little kindle~

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  27. Happy New Year to you dear Monique. I wish you health, hope, happiness and peace for 2012!

    xo

    Nisrine

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  28. Pretty pot pies! I love chicken ans using leftovers.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  29. Your chicken pies sound wonderful, Monique. I had to chuckle at the sight of the chicken bone sticking up through the pastry. Love those cute little bowls.

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  30. The little chicken creusets are so endearing... I looked hard and finally understood that that was a chicken bone sticking out in the center :D ... humour in food presentation!

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  31. Yes..that's it:)

    You eat with your eyes first right? A smile can't hurt.
    Have a great day everyone~

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  32. I am crazy for your chicken creusets, Monique. How adorable and they made me grin. What fun to have a chicken pot pie served in one of those! :)
    Nothing like a bit of bacon around your chicken too...made me think of the Two Fat Ladies. They wrapped everything in bacon! I always put a few slices on top of wild duck when I baked it, but my sister was appalled. She was a purist. :)

    Happy New Year, Monique!

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  33. I remember that show:) On their motorcycle..What characters..One passed i think:(

    I am not a purist..Just a Goodie One Shoe~
    Happiness to you too this year Barbara~

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  34. What a great dish....love that bone in there!

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  35. That little hen is adorable and this looks like a perfect dish.

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  36. It left the Chef with a big smile too!
    and even a chuckle.
    So darn cute!
    xoxo Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  37. We love your beautiful photos.. and the little cruesets are just perfect!
    Cheers:)
    Judit & Corina

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  38. haha I love the tittle of your post, your photos are amazing and the food simply looks delicious

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  39. I love this pie idea - it's so cute. Chicken pot pie is always a welcomed treat, I'm sure this goes down wonderfully at dinner time.

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  40. However did I miss this Monique??? I don't know, but glad I found it now. How utterly adorable your chicken pies are! Those pie dishes are just the sweetest thing I have ever seen I do believe! I am sure that they made a delicious pie even better! xxoo

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