Saturday, January 28, 2012

Recipe #6: Upside Down Chicken Pot Pie and #7 Reese's Brownies {Ala Rudy's}

This recipe is easy and delicious, perfect for a cold wintery day! :)

Upside Down Chicken Pot Pie

{Borrowed and Enjoyed from The First Real Kitchen Cookbook by Megan and Jill Carle}

Serves 4

1 small onion
1 carrot
1 russet potato
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken
4 cups chicken broth {low sodium is best}
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 tsp. dried thyme {or less if you plan on having leftovers, it gets stronger over time!}
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
3 T. cornstarch
cooking spray {or butter or oil}
One 9inch sheet puff pastry {THAWED, overnight!}

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Peel onion, potato and carrot, then cut into bite sized pieces along with the chicken.

3) Put the broth, veggies and chicken in large pan {we used our dutch oven} and bring to a boil. Cover over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Add the peas and thyme to the pan, season with sea salt and ground pepper and cook for 5 more minutes. 
4) Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water with a whisk in a small bowl until smooth. Add the mixture to the pan, stirring constantly and cook until mixture bubbles {a few minutes}.

5) Meanwhile, cut puff pastry into 6 rectangular pieces and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

6) Place a piece of puff pastry on a plate {or in a bowl!} and top with the chicken mixture. Serve immediately!


Note: leftovers are best heated on the stove, or stirred after heating. Otherwise it has a sort of gelatinous texture! :S


Reese's Brownies

{if you've ever been to Rudy's downtown you've possibly seen or tried their Reese's brownies. They are fantastic! So we decided to try making our own :)}


Brownie Mix/ Brownie Batter (from recipe)
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Cooking Spray

1) Grease glass baking pan {9 X 13}
2)Prepare brownie mix according to box directions or recipe.
3) Bake according to box, but take out about 5 minutes early.
4) Before brownies cool, press in Reese's cups.
5) Let cool, if you can wait!


Hint: plan out your Reese's pattern BEFORE you start placing them! Or you may not have enough and end up with some awkward half-Reese's brownies . . . :)

All For Now,


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