March 24, 2011

Chicken Pot "Pie"

There are some memories from pre-paleo days that bring back a pang of longing for a certain taste, mouth feel, or smell that cannot be duplicated.  When I was little, my mother would occasionally buy those little chicken pot pies. Mostly doughy crust with a filling of tiny bits of chicken, some onions, peas, carrots, and gravy were (and still are) junk food in a frozen box, but they were good.  They would arrive hot and bubbly out of the oven and you would burn your mouth on the underside of the crust that touched the hot gravy.  It became hard to find a good pot pie after a while.  Manufacturers began using cheaper pieces of chicken and vegetables became hard to find in the gloppy gravy.  

All of this leads to my mostly paleo discovery of a way to get the taste of pot pie without the carb and grain-laden crust and gravy.  First, I peeled and boiled in water two very large turnips with about 1/2 of an onion and 3-4 peeled cloves of garlic.  As that was simmering, I removed the meat from 4 chicken breasts that I had oven-baked the night before.  I placed the chicken chunks in a shallow pan, added about a 1/4 bag of frozen peas and about 2 cups of chicken broth.  Add plenty of salt and pepper.  I heated that to boiling and made an arrowroot slurry, added it to the broth, and a gravy was born.  By that time, the turnips were done. I mashed the onion, turnip, and garlic with a potato masher and about 3 tbsps of butter and some salt.
The dark stuff on the side is cranberry sauce.  Definitely non-paleo if you are avoiding any sugar. It is a can of jellied cranberry sauce mixed with a pint of real cranberries.  It is very tart and the sugar content is "watered down" considerably by diluting the jell with the cranberries.  

If you are orthodox paleo, substitute carrots or even pearl onions for the peas and leave out the cranberry sauce or make your own from scratch using cranberries and maybe some orange to sweeten.

1 comment:

  1. Yummy! Homemade cranberry sauce sounds delish too :)