Now who doesn’t love Grandma’s cooking, I know I sure did, so for this challenge I thought of an Italian Grandma, and what she might have come up with. I can’t remember ever seeing a pot pie in Italian cooking, but I do remember that wonderful flaky crust that surrounded everything from meats to vegetables…..so the answer was easy, make a Crostata!
For my Crostata I did change up some of the vegetables and instead of cooking everything together in a stew, I roasted the vegetables to bring out the flavors and pan seared my chicken, to keep it moist and tender! I wanted all the ingredients to keep their individual taste, and I didn’t want the sauce overpowering everything, so I didn’t add the sauce until serving…..that was definitely the right decision! Everything retained their own flavors and the pastry stayed flaky.
I made individual Chicken Crostata’s but you could make a larger one and just cut it into portions or just spoon it onto plates, either way you do it, just make sure you have enough, because everyone is going to want seconds!
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/c cup cold Unsalted Butter (1 Stick) cut into 1/4 inch pieces
2 Large Egg Yolks
1/4 cup Ice Water
I made my dough in a food processor, but feel free to do it the old fashioned way.
Add your flour, sugar and salt in the food processor and pulse 2 times to mix.
Scatter the butter over the flour mix and pulse 7 or 8 times to cut in the butter.
Add Egg yolks one at a time and pulse 2 -3 times to incorporate.
Fluff mixture with fork and then add your ice water and pulse 5 or 6 times or until the dough begins to form clumps, do not let the dough form a ball on the blade!
It should look like coarse crumbs, dump mix into a large bowl, form into two equal balls, then flatten into a disc, wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1/ 2 hour. While your dough is setting prepare the chicken and vegetables.
1 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cooked and pulled apart
Stop by these blogs to see the rest of the entries in this months swap!
Burwell General Store, Boulder Locavore, Rosemarried, The Tomato Tart, Spicy Living, The Unexpected Harvest, The Adventuresome Kitchen, The Cake Dutchess, Good Food Week, Fat and Happy, Tyro Tidbits.
One last thing before I leave, you may have noticed that I am now part of the Motherhood, I have been asked to help with an online class that will be held on March 9th, check the link for more information.
I have also joined Bloggy Moms……I know, I know you see a trend here….lol…..one of the bloggy moms was nice enough to post my blog onto their site, and it seemed like a really nice group of mom bloggers, and they didn’t mind the old chef joining their group, so now I’m part of that community too!! Check it out if you have time!
Thanks for stopping by today I do appreciate your support!
Have a great week and lets hope for warmer weather!!