Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday comfort food

Anybody still have Thanksgiving leftovers? If you do, I highly recommend this homemade turkey pot pie recipe. (If not, you can just as easily make it with diced chicken.) It was divine, comfort food at its finest...

I started with a recipe by Damn Delicious; you can see it here. Her recipe was great, but I made a few changes out of choice and necessity. One of the things I loved about the recipe was that it was totally homemade yet quick. I spent maybe 20 minutes prepping everything and then left it in the oven to finish. A 20 minute homemade comfort meal? Oh yes!

Here's what I did differently:
     *I added diced red pepper and diced potatoes with the skin on them (I just couldn't imagine a pot pie without potatoes in it)
     *Since I didn't have ramekins, I made the entire recipe in a 9 X 13 baking dish. (I also buttered that dish before baking so the pot pie wouldn't stick.)
     *I added a bit of red pepper flakes for some heat and should have added more salt and pepper than I did originally. The finished dish needed a bit more seasoning.
     *The dish seemed a little thin on corn, so I added a bit more than the recipe called for.
     *Since I had added significant veggies, I also doubled the amount of milk the recipe called for and about 1/3 more of the broth. I didn't add any extra flour for the roux, and the mixture still thickened up nicely.
     *Because of the potatoes, I simmered the mixture on the stove until the potatoes were tender, probably 10-12 minutes or so.
     *I baked the dish for 30 minutes since it was in a single large pan instead of individual ones.

I totally gorged on this dish the night I made it - it just tasted so good to me.The day after I made it, I took the leftovers for lunch at school and ended up feeding myself again + Vonda (my bestie next door to me) + three of my students. In other words, this recipe fed a small army. :)

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