Monday, January 2, 2012
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.
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:)