Cooking is my love language. Since I can't cook for each of you and bring it steaming to your door after you welcome your baby, I'm going to share my hands-down favorite recipe for bringing a family a meal: Chicken Pot Pie with Apples, Leeks, and Cheddar Biscuit Crust. I put my modifications in parentheses. This is NOT Paleo approved.
From Pam Anderson's (not THAT Pam Anderson
) Perfect One-Dish Dinners
*make it a feast by serving it with spinach artichoke dip, green salad, and cookies for dessert
2 cups chicken broth (I use homemade stock)
1 12oz can evaporated milk (I use half & half)
6 TBSP butter, divided
2 large leeks, dark green trimmed away, washed, and chopped
2 large granny smith apples, quartered, cored, thinly sliced
1 large rotisserie chicken, shredded for 5-6 cups meat (or roast your own for less $)
1/2 cup + 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
2 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 cup cream sherry (doesn't have to have this, a white wine would be just as good)
1/3 cup chopped parsely (who measures herbs? Not me)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I use a combo of sprouted/spelt/all-purpose)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 stick butter, frozen solid
1 cup cold buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400. Heat broth and milk/half and half until steamy (microwave or stovetop). Heat 2 TBSP butter in large skillet, when foamy add leeks and apples and cook until just tender, about 7-8 minutes. Combine cooked apples and leeks with shredded chicken in a large bowl. Heating remaining butter in empty skillet. When foaming stops, whisk in flour and sage and cook at least 1 minute or until golden. Whisk in hot milk/broth mixture slowly until thick. Off heat, stir in sherry/wine. Season with salt & pepper, then add sauce to bowl with chicken, apples and leeks. Pour into a 9x13 pan OR 2 8x8 pans.
For the biscuits, combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork. Grate frozen butter into dry ingredients with a box grater. Mix quickly, then add buttermilk and mix just until dough comes together. Spoon rounds of dough onto pie filling. Bake until biscuits are golden and filling bubbles, about 30 minutes or so.
If you go the 2 8x8 pans route, you can eat one now, and freeze one for later. Bake it still frozen at 400 for an hour.