Happy New Year!!! I know I’m a few days late. Alan and I toasted the New Year with TamiFlu in lieu of Champagne (ugh) and I’m just now feeling human again. So, I’m celebrating right now. With this Chicken Pot Pie with Camembert. Holy smokes, this stuff would have been so worthy of New Year’s Eve. A snuggly, cozy New’s Year’s Eve in front of a fire, which is so my kind of New Year’s Eve. I want a do-over.
It’s that time of year when we want ALL the comfort food. You survived the wonderful, magical, yet hectic craziness that the holiday season brings. The decorations are put away and it is your turn to relax. Cozy up to a fire, read a good book and dig into a bowl of this gorgeous, super silky, Chicken Pot Pie with Camembert. The cheese doesn’t make the dish cheesy, per se- it just creates a silky gorgeous texture that makes this the most cravable chicken pot pie you will ever make!
The idea was born reading a blog post by Beth Kirby of Local Milk. If you are not following her gorgeous blog- you are missing out; her recipes, her wanderlust and oh, my word- her PHOTOGRAPHY- I swoon. She recently posted a recipe for a mushroom camembert pie. It looks delightful and it is high on my list of “things to cook right now” and I will try it soon. As Alan and I are die hard carnivores, we need a main dish with more protein, but I l-o-v-e the addition of the cheese. Take a gander at all our big, giant flavor boosters in this recipe. In addition to the usual suspects, we add shallot, fennel, thyme, sherry and oh, hello beautiful– the lions share of that round of camembert cheese. You can snack on the smaller piece while you cook- works out perfectly, right? 😉
This is by all means COMFORT FOOD, however, we cut down on the carbs a little by skipping out on the traditional potatoes and bottom crust.
My favorite thing about this dish is the puff pastry on top. For me, the very best part of chicken pot pie is the flaky, crumbly crust on top. Without that beautiful, flaky, golden brown crust, chicken pot pie is simply just plain old (although delicious) chicken stew. By baking the puff pastry separately, it gets super fluffy and all crackly on top without any of it getting soggy on the bottom. It was Alan’s idea- I suppose I should give him credit. Regardless, it is winter. comfort. food. perfection.