Saturday, March 8, 2014

Chicken and Butternut Squash Skillet Pie

This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit:

Chicken and Butternut Squash Skillet Pie

2-3 Tbs bacon grease or grapeseed oil, for greasing pan
2 large chicken thighs, chopped into small cubes
1 small onion, diced
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (peel with a potato peeler - it's easy, then cut in half, scoop out seeds, and chop)
1 small bunch kale, center ribs discarded, leaves chopped
2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 large cloves)
1 Tbs Wildtree Herb Grilling Marinade
1 Tbs Wildtree Chicken or Vegetable Bouillon Base
1/4 cup flour
2-3 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
grated nutmeg to taste

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg, beaten with a bit of water

Preheat oven to 425 F. Heat oil or grease in large cast iron skillet. Add chicken and saute about 5-7 mins, stirring occasionally, until browned but not cooked through. Add onion, squash and kale. Saute another 5-10 mins or until onions are translucent and tender. Add garlic, Wildtree spices, and flour. Stir one minute. Add water slowly, while stirring. Use as much water as you want until your gravy is as thick or thin as you want it. I did about 2.5 cups. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Simmer, stirring often, until squash begins to soften, about 10 mins. Add more water if needed. Turn off heat.

Roll out puff pastry using a bit of flour to keep from sticking. Place over skillet and brush with egg wash. Vent by cutting a few slits in the top. Place in preheated oven for 15 mins. Turn oven down to 375 F and continue baking another 10-15 mins or until deep golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest 5-10 mins before serving, if you can stand the wait!

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