Friday, April 6, 2012
Dinner and a Miniseries: Pride and Prejudice
Chicken and Parsley Pie
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cold, cubed salted butter
2 tablespoons lard
1 teaspoon butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon flour
2/3 cup chicken stock
Shredded meat from a roasted or boiled chicken thigh and drumstick
Minced leaves from 20 parsley stalks
2 cooked rashers of bacon, sliced into lardons
salt and pepper
1/3 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the pastry, work the butter and lard into the flour until the mixture is like lumpy sand. Add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture comes together in a dough. Cover and refrigerate.
Start the gravy by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When bubbling, add the shallot and cook until translucent, turning down the heat if shallot starts to brown. When shallot is cooked, stir in the teaspoon of flour and cook about a minute, then stir in the chicken stock. Turn heat up and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Boil for about a minute then remove from the heat.
Place the shredded chicken, parsley and bacon in a 1-quart capacity baking dish and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour gravy over the top and set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out to about 1/8" thickness. Cut a hole out of the middle and place on the baking dish. Trim and use trimmings to make a rose to place over the hole. Place baking dish on a baking sheet and bake for about half an hour, or until pastry is lightly browned.
Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan then lift the pastry rose off the pie and pour the cream into the pie. Replace the rose.
Adapted from "Chicken and Parsley Pie" in Laura Mason, The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook (London: National Trust Books, 2009), 110-111.
Darcy and Elizabeth / Bennet Sisters
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