Why not take some time to can up a chicken pot pie base. It's a time saver and always great to have on hand for quick and easy dinner prep. One quart jar fits a 9" inch pie dish. You will be thickening this base once opened to heat and eat. You also need to decide if you want to use store-bought pie crust or make your own. I'm thinking of having smaller foil tin rounds on hand so I can do smaller, individual pot pies. No matter how you slice it - its a great time saver and an even better addition to your canning pantry. Enjoy! Diane
Yield: 6 Quarts
Sauté on Stovetop:
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Cups onion, diced
3 Cups carrots, diced
2 Cups potatoes, peeled & diced
1 Cup celery, diced
1 Cup red bell pepper, diced
Add in once vegetables are lightly browned:
4 Quarts Chicken Broth
1-2 Tablespoons Organic Better then Bullion Roasted Chicken, optional
1 bay leaf, remove before jarring
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons salt
dash of cayenne pepper powder
Stir in at the end, before jarring contents:
6 Cups Raw boneless/skinless chicken, cubed into 1" inch chunks
1 cup peas, frozen
2 Tablespoons bottled lemon juice
Place butter in stockpot on stovetop over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add in your diced vegetables. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add your broth and seasonings and bring everything to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes (until vegetables are tender.) Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Make sure to remove your Bay leaf.
Ladle 2 cups of the hot stew mixture into each quart jar followed by 2 cups of the hot stew broth into each jar leaving 1" inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust liquid level if needed.
Process Quarts in your Pressure Canner for 90 minutes according to your canner type and altitude.
Want to turn your Quart of Chicken Pot Pie Base into a Pot Pie!!?
Make your pie crust;
make sure to make your crust at least an hour in advance as the dough will need to chill in your fridge! Pick your favorite Double-Crust "Flaky Pie Crust" recipe ready to make one 9" inch pot pie, you can use store bought pie dough too.
Here is a link to an easy flaky double-crust: King Arthur Flour Classic Double Pie Crust
make sure to omit the sugar when you make a pot pie crust!!
Make your Roux;
You will drain liquid from Quart jar into a large measuring cup. You should have about 2 cups of liquid. In a large saucepan melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and add in 2 Tablespoons of flour. Mix these two together until the flour starts to brown and smell a bit 'nutty'...you're making a roux; the thickener for our stew. Once roux is browned, slowly stir in the liquid from your measuring cup, raise heat to high and keep stirring as you add in all the liquid at a boil. Once the liquid is thickened into a "gravy" - lower heat to simmer and stir in the remaining contents of your Quart jar (all the chicken and vegetables.)
Assemble and Bake your Pie;
Preheat your oven to 400F
Place bottom crust into a lightly sprayed 'non-stick sprayed' pie pan (I use Pam for Baking *With Flour), place filling into shell and top with second pie crust, fold edges under and crimp pie crusts together. Cut steam vent slits into top of pie. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pie from oven and let cool at least 15 minutes ((you want your filling to cool a bit and firm up before serving.)) Slice and enjoy!
Canning Recipe adapted from: Ball's Hearty Chicken Stew
Pie Crust: Link to King Arthur Flour
Herbed Potatoes – Pressure Canned
**RECIPE NOTE: I processed whole less then 2” diameter potatoes and used about 3 cups of boiling chicken broth. The amount of broth you will need will depend on how you cut and pack your potatoes.
TO SERVE: Transfer contents of jar to saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes; drain. Stir in some melted butter and milk, and mash for super quick smashed potatoes.
Recipe from: The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving
Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
A great new soup addition to my canning lineup. I've retooled Chicken & Corn Chowder so that it can be canned. All you do is make a roux to thicken the soup once opened to heat & serve. Enjoy! Diane
Canning Chicken Corn Chowder Base
For each quart add:
1 Cup Corn
1/4 Cup Onion, diced
1/4 Cup Potato, peeled & uniform dice
1/4 tsp Garlic, flake
1/8 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp thyme
dash of pepper
dash of onion powder
1/4 tsp canning salt
1/2 Cup Chicken, cooked & diced
2 Cups Chicken Broth
Process per the NCHFP Soup Guidelines. https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/soups.html
Upon Opening to Heat/Serve:
Pour contents of quart into saucepan and bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer at medium for 10 minutes. While the soup is heating, prepare your roux (thickener for soup)
Recipe and Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
A simple pasta salad that packs a lot of flavor. Easy to assemble too! Great served warm or cold. Enjoy! Diane
Bakers Pasta Salad
8oz Salad Noodle
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
sliced black olives
2 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 Cup Cheese, shredded
3 Scallions diced
1 cup cooked Olathe corn kernels
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Cook 8oz of the noodle of your choice. Drain and add olive oil. Fold in all the remaining ingredients. Serve warm or chilled.
Cooks Note: Tuna Salad with sliced green olives makes a great addition.
This is a great way to serve Shrimp. Remember when grilling shrimp to cook the shrimp approximately 3 minutes per side (you want the shrimp to keep its "C" shape - and appear pink and opaque. If it overcooks, it will head towards a closed "C" or an "O" shape *making it a bit tough and rubbery.) I also suggest for those that want to get creative in the future with marinades, remember the sugar content - honey and added sugars will burn - make sure to brush any sugars on near the end of cooking time. As well, garlic can be found in a lot of marinades but, be aware that fresh garlic in oil can scorch on a grill and create a bitter taste. My opinion is, use powdered garlic in marinades for your grilling adventures. Hope you give this Marinade a try - it's excellent! I do make my own Italian Seasoning mix (its linked in the Marinade list below.) Enjoy! Diane
Grilled Shrimp in an Italian Lemon Marinade
2 pounds large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large Lemon, squeezed for all its juice *at least 3 Tablespoons needed
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Italian Seasonings
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon dried Parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake, optional *brings a little more "heat"
Rinse shrimp under running water once thawed, if frozen. Remove shells (you can save your shrimp shells to make Shrimp Stock, if preferred.) Place all the marinade ingredients into a large sealable bag with the fresh shrimp, I toss and "smoosh" the bag around to coat all the shrimp in the marinade. Place bag on a plate in refrigerator and let shrimp marinade for at least 30 minutes but, no longer then 90 minutes. While grill is being prepped, its a good time to grab your skewers and thread on the shrimp. I hold the shrimp in a "C" shape and skewer the head and then tail of each piece. I use steel skewers but, IF you are using wooden skewers remember to soak your skewers in water for a good hour so that when they are placed on the grill - so they don't burn! Grill your shrimp for 3 minutes per side, making sure not to overcook.
A Great "side" to this dish is steamed jasmine rice and a vegetable of your choice.