Tonight I am hosting a dinner for about 10 young moms who are so excited to be getting away from kids (and probably hubbies, but don’t tell the husbands that) to come allow me to serve them. It is always a joy to have precious young women who are sleep deprived, frazzled and just tired of having to think up meals, carpool kids and all the while be attentive and trying to be a sweet, pretty wife. I hope that tonight when they leave, they will feel loved on, waited on, with absolutely nothing to think about except what joy and fun they had just being “girls” for a few hours.
I can think of nothing better to feed them than comfort food. So the menu will be:
Homemade Chicken Mushroom Pot Pie, Dilled-Broiled Asparagus, Homemade Rolls, Salad and Homemade Peach Cobbler topped with Real Whipping Cream.
The Chicken Pot Pie is a new recipe that I am thrilled with the results. It begins with a cream sauce and was very simple, but tastes quite differently than most homemade pot pies. Try it during the holidays, it is such a great dinner for Fall nights and for impressing in-laws.
6 chicken breasts, baked and chopped (I sprinkle seasoning salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and parsley on them before baking. Bake them using 2 cups water or chicken broth. Makes the broth much tastier)
Save 2 cups of the chicken broth that the chicken is baked in. Set aside.
Cook 4 medium potatoes, chopped with 5 large chopped carrots, until tender. Drain, reserving the liquid and set aside. (won’t you be glad when you get to sit aside).
Melt 1/2 stick butter in a skillet. Add 1 cup each: chopped onion and chopped celery. Add 1 8 oz package of white mushrooms that you have washed and sliced. Sprinkle Seasoning Salt, pepper and garlic powder to your liking while veggies are becoming tender. Set this aside.
In another skillet ( I know, I know, all the pots and pans that you will have to wash, but isn’t that what either a dishwasher or hubby is for?), melt 1 1/2 sticks butter. Add 2 tables dried or fresh parsley, 2 teas garlic powder, 1 teas dry mustard, pepper and seasoning salt to your liking. When butter is melted add enough flour to make a paste, stirring with a whisk all the time you are adding the flour so that it does not lump. When you have a gravy like paste, add the 2 cups left over chicken stock,1 to 2 cups milk (adding the milk 1/2 cup at a time, until you get a thick cream sauce) and stir until thick. Add 1 8 oz package of shredded cheddar cheese to this gravy and stir until cheese is melted. Add chopped chicken, and veggie-mushroom mixture to sauce.
Pour into a large casserole dish which you sprayed with Pam. Using canned biscuits, or crescent rolls (but do not roll them up, leave them as they come out of package), place them over meat mixture to cover. It’s ok to leave a little room between the biscuits or rolls, as they will expand. Bake at 350 until mixture is bubbly and rolls or biscuits are done and lightly browned.