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Chicken Pot Pie with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

by Shawnda on November 19, 2014

in Bread,Chicken & Poultry,Goat cheese

Chicken Pot Pie with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

If you don’t use goat cheese in – and on – your chicken pot pie, I’d like you to reconsider how you make chicken pot pie.

Although technically this might be considered “Chicken & Biscuits” but let’s not get bogged down in the details. Humor me.

Chicken Pot Pie with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

The first time I made a completely from-scratch chicken pot recipe ~8 years ago, it took me close to 3 hours. You cooked the chicken at the same time you were making everything else from scratch (the filling and the pastry topping). And while I streamlined the process quite a bit over the years… man, ain’t nobody got time for that.

With all that heavy cream in the filling, it was a total fat- and calorie-bomb. But what really convinced me that all the work was worth it back then: the tangy, tender cream cheese pastry crust.

But you know what makes an even better chicken pot pie topping than that? Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits.

Chicken Pot Pie with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

Not familiar with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits? Today is your &^%$#@! lucky day. A heavy dose of black pepper, creamy goat cheese, and tangy buttermilk (or greek yogurt) are cut into ordinary old drop biscuit dough. The result? Far from ordinary old drop biscuits.

Under those crispy-tipped biscuits, an entire Costco rotisserie chicken, plenty of vegetables, and more goat cheese keep the filling hearty and flavorful even in the absence of heavy cream.

WHY ARE YOU SO DOWN ON HEAVY CREAM, SHAWNDA? YOU BASICALLY TAKE PICTURES OF DESSERT FOR “A LIVING” AND ‘TIS THE SEASON, RIGHT?! I know, I know. But I have recently dropped 25 lbs and I’d like to drop another 25. Andplusalso, I am paying someone to take pictures of us this weekend so this is a NO HEAVY CREAM zone until after photos on Saturday :)

Chicken Pot Pie with Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

A hearty, flavorful chicken pot pie topped with tangy Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits.

Ingredients

  • For the filling:
  • 4 Tbsp butter (I used Smart Balance)
  • 1/2 very large yellow onion, chopped (~2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (about 12 baby carrots stolen from my kid's lunch stash)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (that you picked up from Costco along with a whole bunch of stuff you didn't need)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp Tobasco (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 5 oz log of goat cheese, divided
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 8 oz frozen broccoli florets
  • For the biscuits:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Generous amount of black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter (again, more Smart Balance)
  • 2 oz goat cheese (that was leftover after making the filling)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I prefer 2/3 cup fat-free greek yogurt whisked with 1/3 cup 1% milk)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray (my dish holds 3 quarts) and set it on top of a baking sheet (safety first, clean ovens second).
  3. Heat 4 Tbsp butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion, carrots, and bell pepper and cover, stirring occasionally and cooking for ~10 minutes until softened.
  5. While the vegetables are cooking, skin, debone, and shred the rotisserie chicken - I save the "castoffs" in a large zipper bag and freeze to make stock later.
  6. Add the garlic, black pepper, generous pinch of salt, and flour to the pan, stirring to make a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes, stirring once or twice more (it will be thick and clumpy and do not panic).
  7. Add the Tobasco and then whisk in the chicken stock, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen any flour and vegetables stuck to the pan.
  8. Bring mixture to a boil, add 3 oz of the goat cheese, peas, and broccoli, and cook until everything is heated through and the goat cheese has melted completely.
  9. Stir in the shredded chicken, add additional salt and pepper, turn off the heat, and transfer to the baking dish.
  10. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper.
  11. Cut the remaining 2 oz goat cheese and butter into the dry ingredients until a shaggy, crumbly mixture forms - I do this with my fingers and it takes ~60 seconds.
  12. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk or yogurt mixture. Stir until all traces of dry ingredients are gone. If it feels a little crumbly, knead it in your hands a few times.
  13. Pull off golf ball-sized chunks of dough and place on top of the chicken mixture.
  14. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake ~20-25 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the biscuits are golden brown.
  15. Try not to laugh so loud that you startle your 4-year-old when you find that she has pulled a chair up to the range and is eating the biscuit topping straight off the pot pie.

Notes

Yields: 6-8 generous servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, Biscuits from Cook Like a Champion

Estimated time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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10 years ago, if you’d told me that I’d move to the far west, cookie-cutter suburbs of Houston and judge most of the restaurants frequent-visit list by the quality of their playground and not necessarily the food, I might have laughed in your face.

Probably would have, actually. All those margaritas I made with Mrs Ts neon-green bottled mix would have no-doubt left me pretty giggly.

But here we are 10 years later. In the far west, cookie-cutter suburbs of Houston. And we judge most of the restaurants that we frequently visit by the presence of a playground, the quality of said playground, and lastly: the food.

One of those restaurants shoots to the top of that list simply because of the playground. Because why else would anyone pay more for average TexMex when you can get better, for less?

But we have a 4 year old with endless amounts of squeals and climb-up-the-slide energy. And they have free ice cream and a covered playground smack-dab in the middle of the cookie-cutter suburbs. They are, as you can imagine, raging successful.

And sometimes being able to talk over a bowl of chips and green sauce on a patio while The Little plays 20 feet away is totally worth it. So you pick your battles. And I made peace with it once I discovered their Fish Tacos with double Cucumber-Mango salsa. Because the fresh, crunchy, and sweet salsa has been the best thing I’ve tasted there.

At home, we ditch the oily coleslaw and heavy chipotle mayo that comes on the restaurant version in favor of keeping it light and simple: chile-lime grilled fish, thin slices of avocado, cucumber-mango salsa, and whatever crumbled cheese I have (queso fresco or goat cheese).

Fresh, bright, light, and flavorful. And if we had a rocking playground like that our backyard, we’d never have to go back.

Grilled Chile-Lime Fish Tacos with Cucumber-Mango Salsa

Flaky white fish seasoned with chile and lime is topped with a sweet, fresh scoop of cucumber and mango salsa and queso fresco.

Ingredients

  • For the fish:
  • 1 lb tilapia
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Chile powder (I used chipotle)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • For serving:
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Tortillas
  • Crumbled cheese (queso fresco or goat cheese)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high.
  2. Squeeze a couple of lime wedges over the fish and then season both sides with salt, pepper, and dust with chile powder.
  3. When the grill is heated, lightly spray/brush the filets with olive oil and cook for ~4 minutes each side.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the mango, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno with a pinch of salt and the juice from 1-2 lime wedges (to taste).
  5. Squeeze the remaining limes over the fish when it comes off the grill.
  6. Flake the fish into large bite-sized pieces and serve on tortillas topped with a generous scoop of salsa and crumbled cheese.

Notes

Yields: ~6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Watermelon Salad with Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

Last week, a picture of a pumpkin cheesecake popped up in my Facebook feed and I was like no.

And then I went all Tracy-Morgan-from-Cop-Out.

NO. NONONONONONO.

HELL. NO.

It’s July. And I want no part of pumpkin creamy salted apple Thanksgiving caramel candy corn baked casserole pumpkin anything.

What I do want? Sweet, figure-friendly summer fruit. Doused in figure-unfriendly tequila.

And we all know that fruit and tequila go together perfectly.

Watermelon Salad with Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

One of my favorite throw-together summer side salads is watermelon, red onion, feta, jalapeno, and a big handful of cilantro, sprinkled with just a little salt and a squeeze of lime. It has everything you could want in a summer side, except tequila.

Cut in larger chunks, it makes a fabulous salad. Cut in smaller dice, it’s makes a fabulous salsa for a no-cook chips-and-salsa dinner on the patio.

So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite recipes from Pastry Queen Parties is a similar blend of flavors taken to the next level with a tequila-lime vinaigrette. It has everything you could want in a summer side, including tequila.

The Pastry Queen serves her spiked watermelon salad in scooped out personal-sized watermelon bowls. So fancy. I opt for the no-fuss approach: a 12-year-old tupperware bowl that’s missing its lid.

Watermelon Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

Watermelon and feta salad get a summery kick from a tequila and lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 5 generous cups 1.5-inch dice watermelon (about 1 small watermelon)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 3 oz crumbled feta
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional - but go for it)
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tequila
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Lightly toss the watermelon, onion, cilantro, feta, and jalapeno in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, tequila, 1 Tbsp honey, salt and red wine vinegar together.
  3. Taste for sweetness and whisk in the extra honey, if desired.
  4. Pour over immediately before serving.
  5. If you anticipate having leftovers, only dress half the salad with half the dressing - the watermelon will water down the dressing the longer it sits. Dress additional salad as needed.

Notes

Yields: ~8 servings

Adapted from The Pastry Queen Parties

Estimated time: 20 minutes

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Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

Let’s be honest here – anything more than salt, lemon, a little lime, and avocado isn’t really necessary to make guacamole. It’s pretty perfect, just like that. But that doesn’t mean you have to – or should – stop there. I know I almost never do.

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this year’s Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo Bash, I was thinking of doing a “guacamole bar” al a my friend Josie with bowls of fun toppings for guests to top their own smashed perfection, things like:

Pico de gallo
Chopped jalapenos
Grilled pineapple
Goat cheese
Bacon
Mexican grilled corn, cut off the cob
Grilled tomatillos
And a mountain of cilantro.

Because I’ve yet to discover that line where “too much cilantro” is actually too much cilantro. (As long as chocolate isn’t involved, I’m not sure that line exists.)

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this batch, I took three of those ingredients: The kernels cut from two Mexican grilled corn cobs, some tangy goat cheese, and a couple slices of salty, smokey, crispy bacony bacon. And I made what was quite possibly the best guacamole combo ever. (You know, aside from “best guacamole ever” that is simply the bare minimum.)

Guacamole with Grilled Corn, Bacon, and Goat Cheese

Guacamole studded with grilled Mexican corn, tangy goat cheese, and smokey bacon.

Ingredients

  • 3 large avocados, seeded and diced.
  • Juice of 1 small-ish lemon (~2-3 Tbsp)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • Kernels cut from 2 Mexican grilled corn cobs
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 slices of thick cut bacon, crumbled
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Smash the avocado with lemon juice, lime juice, and salt.
  2. Fold in the corn, goat cheese, bacon, and cilantro.
  3. Serve cold or room temperature.
  4. For breakfast or a party.
  5. Or lunch.

Notes

Yields: ~3 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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