There's a time and a place for everything. No matter how much I love sugar and its sweetness, the two of us go our separate ways come dinner time. When I'm hungry, my tummy cries for nourishment in the form of a hearty meal and it's a need that no slice of cake (no matter how good) can satisfy. So, at around 6:30 P.M.--standard dinner time in my house--I yank out the sweet tooth, set it aside for later, have a seat at the table with my family, and consume the delicious savory dish that is my meal on that particular day.
I often like to prepare dinner, not because I have to but because I want to. It isn't unusual for there to also be some sort of dessert made that same day we sit down to eat (I like to go all out), waiting somewhere very nearby for mealtime to end and transition into dessert time. That's when I pop the sweet tooth back in. Until then, though, I focus on what's in front of me.
During my last meal, I was faced with a pie. It wasn't a sweet pie (though I am certainly very familiar with those), but a savory pie. The ultimate savory pie... Chicken Pot Pie.
The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie
I'm a big chicken pot pie fan, and a big fan of pie in general. Whether sweet or savory, I adore making pies from scratch. Once upon a time my family used to buy those Tenderflake pre-made pie crusts from the store. Not anymore. The day I made my first pie crust and tasted the difference was the day I promised myself I'd never buy another again. Now, pie crust--though it can be tricky to get the hang of at first--has become one of my favorite things to make. In terms of taste there really is no comparison. I do understand that not everyone has the time and patience required to prepare their own, that a pre-made version from the store is a more practical choice for busy people. Nonetheless, convenience comes with sacrifice. If you've never made your own pie crust before... take the plunge. I took on that same challenge and never went back.
This chicken pot pie is one of the first dishes to come to mind when I think of the word "savory". Wonderfully creamy, rich, and flavorful, I was glancing around me convinced it was some sort of trick--it tasted too good to be true. Though one piece will be enough to satisfy your hunger, you'll find it very hard to resist going back for seconds… and then scouring the empty pan after it's been eaten for any last bits of yumminess. Dieters beware!
If you want the full experience, go all out and make the crust as well. I've included the recipe for my favorite pie crust which I used to make this pot pie-- it's a delicious all-butter pie crust with the perfect amount of flakiness. This crust is totally worth getting covered in flour for. It makes the meal all the better.
I think I'd be content to have pie every day for the rest of my life. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner… pie. For dessert... more pie.
I think I've got my point across.
I love pie.