Savory Pot Pie with Herbed Crust

Holy Batman is it COLD here in Chicago! I took Remy out this morning and all I wanted to do was cry, curl up in bed and/or set myself on fire because I was absolutely chilled to the bone. When all you want to do is warm up, it's wise to make some good ol' comfort food. But, where to begin?

While I've learned to refocus my New Years' goals on experiences more than appearances, there are a few things I want to cross off my list that I'm not sure I'm physically prepared for yet. This means I'm pushing myself harder and longer at my workouts and I need to make sure I'm feeding my body the nutrients it needs. I'm making sure to cook up recipes that are even more full of veggies and protein than usual. If I'm going to eat a lot of food then you can bet your bottom it's going to be good food.

I combined my body's need of nutrients with my desire to forget about winter with this dish. This Savory Pot Pie is warm, creamy and bold. It has an herbed crust (made with cassava flour) on top that adds texture and a hint of flavor without overpowering the "guts" of the pot pie. If you're looking for some warmth from the inside out, look no further.


Savory Pot Pie with Herbed Crust

Time: 1 hour
Yields: 4-6 servings

Filling:
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 med white onion, diced
1 ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 ½ cup coconut milk, full-fat
1 tbs butter, ghee or oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper & garlic
¼ tsp paprika

1 ½ lb chicken, cubed

Vegetarian Variation:
+ 1 cup diced mushroom &/or potato
Crust - Option 1
1 ⅓ cup cassava flour
⅓ cup tapioca flour
¾ tsp each: garlic, rosemary & thyme
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
3 eggs, whisked
½ cup water
¼ cup butter, ghee or oil, melted
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Crust - Option 2 (if no cassava flour)
1 Quiche Kathleen crust
¾ tsp each: garlic, rosemary & thyme
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Steps:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, begin making the crust. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and all wet ingredients together in a small bowl. Slowly pour wet into dry and mix/combine until your batter has formed. If batter seems too moist, add in 1-2 tbs of additional tapioca starch. Place it in the fridge to chill. (Note: If using the Quiche Kathleen crust, be sure to use all ingredients from that recipe + the herbs, baking powder & ACV mentioned above)
  2. Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a large pot. Once boiling, add cubed chicken (if using) and diced veggies, except for onion. Boil for 15 minutes or until veggies are tender & chicken is cooked. Then drain water from pot.
  3. While these are boiling, melt 1 tbs butter/ghee/oil in a small pan and saute your onion. This should only take about 5 mins.
  4. Add onion and all other filling ingredients, except tapioca, into the chicken and veggies already in the pot. Bring to a simmer. Whisk in your tapioca and allow the filling to thicken for a 5 minutes or so.
  5. While this is simmering, remove your dough from the fridge. Place it between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to a shape that will fully cover the top of your casserole dish.
  6. Lightly grease the casserole dish. When filling is done thickening, pour it into the dish. Carefully lift your crust onto the top and cover. Cut off any excess. You can toss this or cut it for design to add to the top of the crust.
  7. Move your casserole dish onto a baking sheet, in case anything spills over. Place in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove & let rest for 10 minutes before serving.