Savory Southern Chicken Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can ready to serve chicken broth (14oz.)
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  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 package frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • Savory pastry (Recipe follows)

Directions

Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble meat. Drain on paper towels; set aside. Melt butter in a 3 qt. heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add broth and milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Stir in chicken, peas, and sausage; cook until thoroughly heated. Pour chicken mixture into 4 individual 1 1/2 cup baking dishes or an 8 inch square baking dish.

Roll Savory Pastry on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness in a slightly small shape than the individual dishes or large dish; scallop edges. Place pastry over chicken mixture (edges should not touch side of dish). Decorate with pastry cut-outs, if desired. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until crust is browned.

Savory Pastry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2-3 Tbsp. water

Directions

Combine flour, celery seeds, salt, and paprika in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. With a fork, stir in enough water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to moisten dry ingredients. Shape dough into a ball.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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