Because it's getting kinda cozy inside at night...
you may want to whip up a Chicken Shepherd's Pie (aka Potato-Topped Chicken Pot Pie)
5 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 C shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 C chicken gravy (made from scratch or favorite packaged or jarred – ** see note below)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp parsley flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 16 oz package frozen mixed veggies
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
(I use the breasts from a rotisserie chicken)
potatoes in a pot of salted water until soft. Drain and mash without
adding milk or butter. They will be a bit dry or stiff – that's ok. Stir
in 1/2 C of the shredded cheddar cheese and set aside. Reserve the rest
of the cheese for later.
Make or heat the gravy in a
medium sauce pan, adding the garlic and parsley. Add salt and pepper to
taste. Remove from heat and add the frozen veggies, stirring to coat.
Place half the veggie/gravy mixture in a greased deep dish pie plate or similar casserole dish.
Top with all the cubed chicken, then the remaining veggie/gravy mixture.
Place the mashed potatoes on the top, gently pushing down and forming a crust that covers the mixture.
30-40 minutes, until hot and bubbly and potatoes are starting to brown.
(I use a meat thermometer after 30 minutes to make sure the center is
above 165*. You want the center hot since the veggies were raw and
frozen at the start)
Top with the remaining cheddar cheese and bake until the cheese is melted. Let stand for5 minutes before serving.
Note on gravy: Since I eat gluten free, I always have to make my
gravies and sauces from scratch. It's so easy and tasty that I don't
miss the mix or jar (it's better for you too!)
Here's my method:
2 C chicken broth ready (homemade, canned or reconstituted bouillon) In
a medium saucepan, heat 2 T butter over high heat. Have 2 T flour ready
(I use a rice flour mix that's GF – but use whatever flour you prefer)
flour all at once and whisk until incorporated with the butter. Slowly
pour in the broth, whisking to keep smooth bring to a boil and whisk
until starts to thicken. Remove from heat.