Stricken by a sudden craving while we were roaming the aisles at the local Hy-Vee, I decided that I needed to attempt to bake a fake chicken pot pie. Growing up, I’ve eaten countless of those little frozen pucks of meat, but I’d honestly never tried a homemade version. Now that I’m vegetarian, I wouldn’t be trying the meaty version, but I definitely needed to try my hand at a meatless one.
I don’t know why I’m still so scared of pie dough. It’s never as difficult to make as I think it’s going to be. I’m just a lazy wuss, I guess.
It was pretty much the ugliest pie ever.
Until it was done! Then it just looked delicious.
Homemade Chik’n Pot Pie
- Half of a medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 4 Tbsp butter (I used Kerrygold)
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 can veggie stock
- 4oz. white mushrooms, sliced thin
- 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
- Fake chicken (I used Morningstar Farms’ Meal Starters Chik’n Strips)
- About 6 pinches dry sage
- About 1 pinch dry rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Smitten Kitchen’s All Butter, Really Flaky Pie Dough
- One egg, whipped, for eggwash
- In a large skillet, saute the onions and garlic in the butter on medium heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour until fully incorporated, and then slowly add the veggie stock until you’re left with a thick gravy. (While you’re doing this, you can be par-baking your lower crust in the oven. I baked it for 10 minutes at 325°.)
- Add your sage and rosemary pinches now, and adjust to taste. Add mushrooms and bag of frozen vegetables and lower heat to allow to simmer.
- Once the gravy is simmering again, add fake meat. Allow to heat up again to a simmer. Salt and pepper gravy to taste.
- Dump the contents of your skillet into the waiting pie crust. Add the top crust to your pie, crimp the edges, cut three slits in the top, and brush the top with your whipped egg.
- Bake pot pie at 375° for about 40 minutes, longer if necessary. It’s helpful to place your pie pan on top of a cookie sheet so that any overflow is caught and doesn’t dirty up the floor of your oven, smoking up and causing the smoke detectors to go off.
Spring Break Mania: Day 3
I don’t know why I try to set non-guest goal activities for myself when I have people coming over. Isn’t that silly? Like I’m going to be tromping around with a dirty laundry basket while people are trying to socialize! Tonight’ll be my catch-up night, to finish the things from the other two nights this week that I didn’t manage to get to, plus a few extra. Tonight starts my 5-day weekend, too, ahhhhhhh! I think I’m going to drink an organic raspberry ale in celebration. And eat a salad. I’m so subversive.
THINGS TO DO WEDNESDAY
- Vacuum bedroom
Order sink unit for basement bathroom
- Plan menu and grocery list for St. Patrick’s Day feast tomorrow
Spot vac floors
Spring Break Mania: Day 2
So, I didn’t end up being as productive last night after work as I had wanted to be. I was SO MOTIVATED! And then shit just ended up taking too long. Grocery shopping always always always takes forever, and this time took extra long because we got a crapload of (GOOD) food and spent too much money. Oh well, now Kevin will stop complaining about never having enough food in the house. I also ended up making some delicious homemade guacamole, which took an hour for some reason. And then, instead of cleaning the bathroom like I should have, I ended up editing the photos that K took at the Old Thrasher’s Reunion show last Saturday. I do it to myself, honestly.
Anyway, we’ve got friends coming over tonight! JoAnn and Dawn are coming over to hang, which I’m totally stoked for. Gotta get prepared!
THINGS TO DO TUESDAY
- Sweep kitchen
- Spot vac house
Make shortcake biscuit things for dessert
- Do the remainder of the laundry
Chillax by the firepit