Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Pie I left Behind Me
While I was in Alaska dancing with bears, serenading the otters and discussing my plans for world domination with the mooses, I discovered a pie that changed my life.
And ya'll know how much I like pie.
After depleting Alaska of its halibut supply (have I mentioned I love halibut?), Daddy took us to a 50s style Alaskan diner promising me macaroni and cheese and fried chicken.
There was no fried chicken, but there was something better: chicken pot pie.
I love chicken pot pie. I adore chicken pot pie. But much to my embarrassment, I've never made a real chicken pot pie. My version of chicken pot pie is cream of chicken soup, chopped chicken and a can of peas and carrots with biscuits. Hey, I've told ya'll I'm not a real cook. Don't judge me.
Now this chicken pot pie was some of the greatest I've ever had. The chicken was soft and creamy, the vegetables were tasty and there was plenty of "gravy." I was determined to recreate this pie I had been dreaming and drooling over for the past six months.
You can guess what happened next.
My Alaskan diner pot pie somehow morphed into a Ben-tweaked creation. And since one pie is great, four mini pies would be even greater, right?
Sunday night, we mixed up the roux and vegetables.
Then Monday, I made the pie dough from scratch and steamed the chicken with some seasoning. Yes, I baked the pies in my ice-cream cone looking dessert bowls. What's your point? I like pink.
The results? Was this the Alaskan pie I had dreamed of and salivated over for months?
I wasn't the only one who couldn't wait to find out.
The pie was delectable. It was delicious. It was wonderful.
But it still needs some tweaking, so I'm not going to post a recipe. Like the meat pies, I see a re-do coming again. It needed a lot more spices, a lot less pie dough ( I can't believe I'm saying that) and that certain Alaskan something.
Don't worry, pie o' mine. I'm coming for you. Stay tuned for further developments...
Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! We have a new Miss Pickles tomorrow and the second edition to Bizzy on Saturday. Are you ready to find out who's watching her from the kitchen?