Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chicken and Garlic-Herb Potato Shepherd’s Pie

2 large (or 3 medium) Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
1 pound chicken breast, cut into half-inch dice
Black pepper
1 cup shredded carrots, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock (or 1 can)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2-3 tbsp. of soft garlic and herb cheese, or garlic and herb cream cheese
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup (a handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup milk or chicken stock, enough to loosen up the potatoes

Place the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, salt the water and cook until tender, 12-15 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with about 1 tablespoon of EVOO. Add the chicken, season it with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan to a casserole dish, add a drizzle of EVOO to the pan, then add the carrots, peas, and scallions. Season the veggies with salt and pepper and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.

Scoot the vegetables over to one side and melt in the butter. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook for about 1 minute, stirring. Whisk 1/2 cup of the chicken stock, cook 1 minute, then whisk in the remaining chicken stock and cook for 1 minute to thicken. Season the sauce with mustard then salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce and vegetables over the chicken in the casserole and combine.

Drain the potatoes and return them to the hot pot, then mash with the herb cheese, egg yolks, parsley, milk or chicken stock, salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes over the chicken in the casserole dish.

Put in 500 F oven for about 3-5 minutes then turn on the broiler for another 3-5 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

NOTES:You just can't go wrong with Rachael Ray. This recipe is modified from her original recipe aired on her show. A really great take on the same old beef, beans and potato pie.

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