Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cups of milk
  • 2 uncooked pie crusts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Black Cherry Bourbon Pie

Delicious Homemade Cherry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups stemmed and pitted fresh dark sweet or sour cherries (that’s about 2 pounds whole unpitted cherries)
  •  3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar for sweet cherries, or 1 cup (200 g) for sour cherries
  • 1/4 cup of bourbon
  •  3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  Grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  •  ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into mini cubes
  •  1 egg beaten , for brushing the top crust
  •  Coarse or granulated sugar , for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Roll out the dough: Take one disc of dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften slightly for easy rolling. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Place the dough gently into a 9-inch pie pan; you can do this by flouring a rolling pin and rolling the dough loosely around it, then unrolling it into the pan. Brush away any excess flour on the surface. With a sharp knife, trim the edges of the pastry to fit the pie pan. Cover pan with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Roll out the other disc in the same fashion, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
  2. Make the cherry filling: In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, tapioca starch, and salt. Stir in cherries. Add bourbon and zest, vanilla extract, and mix to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F/220C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the lower third of the oven.
  4. Spread cream cheese across the bottom of the pie crust. Add cherry filling in an even layer, and dot with butter on top. Place the second crust over the filling, crimp the edges. Use either a lattice top or add four slits to a full top for the steam to escape. Brush the crust with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375F/190C and continue baking until the crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling through the slits, about 40-50 minutes longer. Cover the edges of the pie loosely with foil if it starts browning too much while baking.
  6. Allow pie to cool for at least 4 hours before serving so that the filling can set. Store pie in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples, skins on, quartered and cored
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 double crust pie dough
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut up into tiny cubes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle across the top of the pie

Directions:

  1. Slice the apples into pieces.
  2. Combine in a large bowl apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Mix until apples are thoroughly covered.
  3. Pour the mixture into an a pie crust. Mound high and dot with butter.
  4. Cover fruit with second pie crust. Crimp edges and vent with 4-6 slits across the top.
  5. Cover the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Brush the beaten egg across the top.
  8. Wrap around the edge with foil to keep from overbrowning.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer.
  11. Open the oven and carefully sprinkle the sugar across the top. Bake for another 10 minutes until top is golden.
  12. Cool the pie for an hour.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini - classic american casserole, top view

Ingredients:

  •  (8 ounce) package cooked egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet. Saute mushrooms for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in turkey, condensed soup, peas, and sour cream. Place cooked noodles in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling.

Perfect Pecan Pie

Pecan pie with whipped cream

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, and cornstarch. Bring to a full boil, and remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually beat in cooked syrup mixture. Stir in salt, vanilla, and pecans. Pour into pie shell.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until filling is set.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

French Toast

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or French bread
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces, plus more for serving
  • Warm pancake syrup, for serving

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan.
  2. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour evenly over the bread.
  4. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).
  5. For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a re-sealable plastic bag in the fridge.
  6. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
  7. Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup.

Crab Cakes

Organic Homemade Crab Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 8 small square saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 pound of crab meat
  • Salt, pepper, parsley to taste
  • Butter for saute

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl.
  2. Gently form into tight packed cakes.
  3. Saute in butter until lightly browned.