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    Monday, March 27, 2017

    $10 Worth of Chicken - What to do with it? Why...Make Pies Of Course

    Its worth looking for specials when you are at the supermarket and throw into the freezer
    for later. Last week there was a special on chicken drumsticks, so I grabbed 3 packets
    Cost...Just cents over $10

    So I threw them into a roasting pan along with a carrot, on its last legs in the fridge and a pile of spring onions, that were looking a little sad
    Seasoned them with some Vegeta Chicken Stock Powder, and some freshly ground black pepper Threw on a good slosh of Olive Oil and about a cup of Hot water
    Toss well and into the oven 200C
    After 15 minutes, take them out and baste them with the tasty juices
    They took about 25-30 minutes to cook
    I let them cool and then removed the meat from the bones
    Add the bones, plus all the juices into a reasonable size pot
    Rinse the roasting pan, with some boiling water and scrape all those good bits off the bottom
    Then top up with enough water, to cover the bones
    Bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes
    Taste and add some salt and pepper if it needs it

    Voila… Chicken stock
    Now we can make the Pie Filling

    3 tablespoon butter
    1 onion peeled and chopped
    1/2  red pepper chopped
    1 stick celery chopped
    1 cup frozen corn, you don't need to thaw
    Sea salt and Freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup white wine

    3 tablespoon flour
    1 cup hot chicken stock
    Chicken meat chopped
    Frozen Puff Pastry
    1 egg beaten with a tsp water for glazing 

    Melt the butter in a pan
    Add the onions, season with S & P
    Sauce gently till soft
    Add red pepper and celery, season
    When they are soft
    Add corn
    Toss well
    Add wine and let reduce right down
    Add flour cook for a few minutes to cook the flour out
    Add hot stock, stir well and cook till thickened
    About 4-5 minutes
    You do need it reasonably thick
    It’s a pie filling after all
    But if too thick, just add a little more stock
    Taste and re-season if needed

    Put aside to cool

    AND there was stock left over
    Its was beautiful, all jellied.
    Maybe a risotto, some soup.
    There will be a use for it

    Now this amount of filling, was enough for 14 pies
    Into the freezer they went
    Still some filling left over,
    so I put it into a ovenproof dish
    Made some Mashed Potato
    1 large potato peeled, large chopped
    Cook in boiling salted water till tender
    Drain and mash with a little milk and good knob of butter
    Set aside

    Spread that over the top of the filling
    Chicken Pot Pie
    and that also is in the freezer
    waiting for another day

    So all up, I made all that Food for under $20
    Not bad for half a days work

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