(NC)—Here's a great comfort food recipe for a cold winter's night. It tastes good and is good for you too.Filling:
4 carrots, chopped 4
3 stalks celery, chopped 3
1 onion 1
4 tbsp Crisco Canola Oil 50mL
3 tbsp chopped fresh thyme 45mL
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Robin Hood All Purpose Flour 50mL
2 cup shot chicken stock 500mL
1 cup peas 250mL
1 whole, cooked chicken, cubed 1Canola Oil Pastry:
2 1/4 cups Robin Hood All Purpose Flour 550mL
1 tsp salt 5mL
3/4 cup Crisco Canola Oil 175mL
1/4 cup water 50mL
1 egg, beaten 1
Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).Filling:
Cook carrots, celery, and onion in canola oil in large skillet over medium high heat, until tender crisp. Add thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with flour and mix so that all vegetables are coated. Cook, about 3 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully stir in hot chicken stock, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until sauce has thickened to desired consistency. Add peas and chicken and stir. Pour into 2L casserole dish or 4 individual oven proof bowls.
Meanwhile, prepare pastry: Combine flour and salt in large bowl. In separate bowl, combine oil and water. Add to flour mixture all at once, using a fork to combine. Dough will look "mealy". Line rolling surface with waxed or parchment paper. Drop dough onto prepared surface and knead until dough comes together. Dough will be sticky and difficult to work with. Place another piece of waxed or parchment paper on top of dough and roll with rolling pin to 1/4" (0.5 cm) thick.
Brush beaten egg around edge of casserole dish. Carefully place pastry on top, pushing down on edges so they stick to casserole. Trim pastry and save for another use. Cut slits on top for steam to escape and brush with remaining beaten egg.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until pastry is golden brown. Serve immediately. Filling will be very hot.
Prep Time: 30 minutes Baking Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings Freezing: excellent