I made you some soup today.
Actually (and obviously), it’s a soup slash chicken pot pie hybrid.
See… I’ve been doing this very depressing, terrible thing that consists of letting magazines pile up to the heavens on my dining room floor. If you were here, you might nominate me for Hoarders. Thank goodness you’re not here.
I am a serious magazine junkie. No, we are talking seeeeerious. s-e-r-i-o-u-s. I used to hear people say (and by hear people say I mean see people post on Facebook) all the time about how they couldn’t get through magazines, and thought, well… that was just insane. I will always have time to get through magazines! I love magazines! Magazines are my liiiife!
Guess what? I don’t really have time to get through magazines now. Whomp whomp. Well, I guess that is subjective considering that yesterday I was “busy” watching eight reruns of Sex and the City (so cliche) but hey, it is what it is. Apparently, I just don’t have time.
My point is, finally, that I grabbed the top magazine from my stack right before Thanksgiving and tried to immerse myself. What do I see first? Chicken pot pie soup. Hmmm. I like chicken pot pie. I like soup.
I think this will work.
It sure did. I made some spur of the moment puff pastry biscuits (I think on this specific day I also ate puff pastry for lunch. Like… only puff pastry.) inspired by our all time favorite chicken pot pie recipe in the universe (it’s that good.). When those little puffs sank down into the soup… OMG. I have decided that puff pastry is like bacon. I have to make about 32 times the amount I think I will need… because I can’t stop eating it.
The best news here is that you can successfully freeze this and drag it out later (did so last week) and it is just as delicious. If you’re feeling crazy you can also make your own puff pastry and all that jazz, but considering that the one time I tried making croissants I almost died (no, I am not dramatic at all), I stuck to the frozen stuff.
So long story long, this has Monday written all over it.
Yield: serves 4-6
Total Time: 30-45 minutes
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 cleaned and trimmed leek, sliced
1/3 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup lowfat half and half
1.5 pounds yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil and butter. Stir in onions, carrots, celery, leeks, salt and pepper, tossing to coat, then let cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in flour. Stir well to distribute the flour throughout the vegetables and coat them, then cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring to create somewhat of a roux and thickening agent. Most of the flour will stick to the vegetables, but you do want it to turn a slightly golden color and smell a bit nutty. (ha... that sounds interesting.)
At this point, use a biscuit cutter (or even a knife) and cut 12 "biscuits" out of your thawed puff pastry sheet. Place them on a baking sheet (brushing with some beaten egg if desired) and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Add in potatoes, chicken stock and half and half to the soup, stirring and allowing the mixture to come to a bubble. Reduce heat to medium low, add in chicken, peas and corn and cover, simmering for 10-15 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve with puff pastry on top!
Note: you can definitely use heavy cream or regular half and half (it will probably be even more delicious) in place of the low fat half and half. you can also use a mixed corn + peas blend if you have one, I just happened to have separate bags of organic peas and corn, which is why I separated them. you can also cube the chicken instead of shredding. finally, to reheat, add to a saucepan and add a little liquid (I do a bit of both stock/half and half or milk) and heat over low heat, stirring.
[slightly adapted from food network magazine, december 2012]
(I know I talked in parentheses a lot. It’s Monday.)