Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pot Pies (Quick and Easy)


I made these pot pies for dinner again recently and thought I would re-post this recipe from last year.  Pot pies are considered one of America's great comfort foods.  Although I didn't grow up eating too many pot pies, I do find them hearty and delicious.  I am not a scratch pie crust maker so I looked around my fridge for something I could substitute that was quick and easy.  I decided  Pillsbury grands biscuits would be perfect.  They worked out great and  I had a very comforting meal hot out of the oven in around 30 minutes.

1lb of frozen mixed vegetables
1lb of lean white meat diced
1/2 a onion chopped
1 scallion chopped
1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
1 cup of half and half (or whole milk)
1 bay leaf
1 clove of garlic minced (or garlic powder)
1/2 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
3 Tbs of butter/margarine
3 Tbs of flour
Salt and plenty of pepper


Heat 1Tbs of canola oil on medium high heat.  Add your diced pork and saute with plenty of pepper and some salt for a few minutes.  Then add your onions, garlic and scallions.  Saute for another few minutes.   Next add your bay leaf, thyme, red chili flakes and saute for a few more minutes.

Next add your flour and butter.  Allow the flour to cook with the other ingredients for a few minutes.  Finally add your frozen vegetables and half and half.  Cook for a few minutes until the gravy thickens.  Taste for seasoning and remove bay leaf.
 Take out a grands biscuit and roll out so it is bigger than a small oven safe baking dish. Fill the baking dish with the pot pie filling and cover with the biscuit.

Then secure it around the edges. Then make sure you make some venting holes on the top of the pot pie so the steam can be released. 

Brush some half and half or milk or beaten egg on the top of the biscuit dough so it gives it and nice gloss after it bakes. Bake until crust is golden brown.

I made only 4 individual pot pies.  I did bake off the rest of the biscuits to use for additional dunking.  Enjoy.

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