Thursday, November 10, 2011

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie!

Growing up I was never a fan of those frozen chicken pot pies. You know the ones. Those tiny things you toss in the microwave and they come out slightly tough and well I need not go on! It was only recently that I got the inkling to try making it myself. What a delightful dish this was to make! So simple and easy...and simply tummy filling! Anyone can make this. All it requires is that you are able to read, layer, and follow a few easy instructions. Excited? I hope so, because I'm EXCITED to share this with you!

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie

2-3 large chicken breasts
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup Mayo (be careful...start off with a 1/4 cup then gradually add the mayo to taste!)
Season to taste using: Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Tony Chachere's Creole Season
a light sprinkling of Celery Salt
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (make sure it has potatoes, carrots, and celery)
1 bag frozen bell peppers
3-4 slices of American Cheese
1 lb shredded mixed cheese
Crust: follow the recipe below!

Boil the chicken until cooked thoroughly.
Pull the chicken apart in small pieces and fill the bottom of a casserole dish.
Mix the Cream of Mushroom, mayo and seasons all together and set aside.
 (Be sure to taste it first!!! Adjust things as needed!)
Layer the frozen Vegetables and bell peppers on top of the chicken. You most likely won't use all of the bag. Just tie them back up and put them in the freezer for next time!
Spread the Cream of Mushroom mixture on top of the vegetables evenly.
Slice the American Cheese in half and place a layer of that next
Then Layer the shredded cheese next. Once again you might not use the entire bag.

The Crust
If you have a favorite biscuit recipe then by all means use that! Just bake the casserole according the the directions on that recipe.

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or shortening
1/2 cup milk

Cut in the butter until the flour is crumbling. Slowly add in the milk stirring. Add additional milk until the mixture is well blended.
Now two choices.
 Either roll out the dough and place it over the casserole as you would a pie. Tucking the edges inside the dish.
Or pull clumps of the dough and place them next together on top of the the casserole until it is fully covered. You should use all of the dough.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Bake for 20 minutes at first. Continue to bake the casserole until the crust is lightly brown and fully cooked.

Not sure what you are doing? Message me on Facebook, email or twitter! Or call your mama or even your mom-in-law! It's how I learned all my great baking and cooking skills! And who I call when I have questions! Have fun and play around with the ingredients! Add more to it! Change the seasonings up! Cooking is about exploring and finding out new things! But more then anything, it's about the joy of creating something delicious!
Dottie ^_^

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