Turkey Pot Pie-Recipe of The Day 11/29/2010


Turkey Pot Pie

One of the most ubiquitous casseroles around, the pot pie has many incarnations, both good and bad, but when it’s good, it’s memorable. With tasty Creamed Turkey (or chicken, if you prefer), loads of vegetables, and a no-fuss puff pastry crust, this one falls in the good category. We think you’ll agree.

What to buy: Try Dufour puff pastry, but if you prefer a denser crust, try topping your pot pie with frozen store-bought flaky pie dough.

 

TIME/SERVINGS
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Active Time: 35 mins
Makes: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), plus more for coating the dish
2 cups pearl onions, peeled
1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
1 cup potato, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup celery (leaves too), coarsely chopped
2/3 cup carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped
Creamed Turkey
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
14 ounces store-bought puff pastry dough, defrosted if frozen

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Melt the measured butter over medium heat in a large frying pan until foaming. Add the onions and sage and cook until the sage aroma is released, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the potato, celery, and carrots and season well with salt and pepper. Cook until the carrots and onions are just beginning to soften, about 6 minutes.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat, stir in the peas, parsley, and creamed turkey, and season with additional salt and pepper.
  5. Turn the filling into the prepared baking dish. Whisk the egg together with the water and a pinch of salt until evenly mixed. Set aside.
  6. With kitchen shears, cut the dough to fit over the baking dish. Place the dough over the filling and tuck it into the edges of the dish.
  7. Brush the dough with the egg wash and cut 10 evenly distributed slits in the top to vent. Cook until the crust is golden brown and the mixture is bubbling, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

wine pairing: 2008 Concannon Vineyard Chardonnay Conservancy Livermore Valley, From the Livermore Valley, the Concannon Vinyeard bottling struck a perfect balance between richness and freshness with its abundant apple, citrus, pear, and sour cream aromas and flavors. This well-made wine will appeal to those who like their Chardonnays rich, without turning off those who prefer a wine with a lighter flavor profile.

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