I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mini Pot Pies

These are very easy to make and very good. They make a great dinner or yummy appetizer. You can add chicken, turkey, or just leave it with the veggies.






MINI POT PIES
(Makes 20-24 mini pies)

Ingredients:

*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 cup lard, chilled (or shortening)
*3 tablespoons ice water
*1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
*2 cups, cooked chicken/turkey, cubed
*1 cup sliced carrots
*1 cup frozen peas
*1 cup celery, sliced
*1 cup potato, chopped
*1/2 cup onion, chopped
*1/3 cup butter
*1/3 cup all-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*1/2 teaspoon celery seed
*1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
*1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
*1 3/4 cups chicken stock
*2/3 cup milk
*2 cups swiss cheese, shredded

Directions:
~Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium bowl.
~With a pastry blender, cut in the cold lard until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
~Mix the vinegar into the ice water.
~Drizzle ice water/vinegar mixture over flour.
~ Mix mixture with clean hands to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
~Gently mold the dough into a bowl.
~Wrap in a plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
~Remove dough from refrigerator and take plastic wrap off.
~Roll dough and take a large biscuit cutter and cut as many circles as possible.
~Press cut out dough into muffin pans.
~Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
~In a medium saucepan, combine chicken/turkey stock, water, carrots, peas, onion, celery, and potatoes.
~Cover and boil for 15 minutes.
~Stir in flour, salt, pepper, celery seed, poultry, and garlic powder.
~Slowly stir in milk.
~Simmer over medium-low heat until thick.
~Add chicken/turkey.
~Remove from heat.
~Scoop into muffin pans to about 1/4 from top.
~Sprinkle with cheese.
~Bake 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
~Remove from oven.
~Let cool 10 minutes, before serving.

Variations:
-Instead of making the pie crust buy refrigerated pie, crusts.
-Substitute the pie crust of refrigerator biscuits. Flatten each biscuit out, and form into muffin pans.

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