Biscuits & Chicken Veg Gravy

I’ve previously mentioned that Sunday is roast chicken night, well 2 people can’t exactly finish 4lbs of chicken, so we usually use the leftovers for chicken salad, casseroles or my favorite – pot pie filling on a biscuit, in our house we call it biscuits & chicken gravy.

This is a very flexible chicken pot pie, but make sure to stick to the basics, and add whatever other ingredients you like. You can make your own biscuits or buy some Pillsbury butter biscuits, they do the trick.

Biscuits Chicken & Veg Gravy – 2 servings 
4 biscuits
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/3 cup white wine
8 ounces roasted skinless boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1 1/3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 1/2 cups total mixed veggies, ie: leeks, carrots, peas, ect
Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

Prepare biscuits according to recipe or package instructions.

Melt butter in heavy large saute pan oven medium-high heat, add the flour and 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Stir until combined, and smells nutty, stir in wine. Add the chicken, stock and vegetables. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat, cover skillet and simmer until broth is thickened, about 8 minutes. Simmer for longer depending on how you prefer the filling. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Top biscuits with the chicken filling, serve with a simple salad and glass of white wine.

Bon appetit!
Happy Cooking!

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Pawsicles

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I know, you were expecting me to post a Mexican feast – well that’s the theme of tonight’s cooking class, so once my students have left I’ll put together the menu, recipes and post about it in the following weeks.

I decided that while sipping on a delicious homemade margarita, I would make my pups some pawsicles using their favorite flavors: pumpkin, yogurt and maple bacon. Too bad that when John came home from the gym I was out of the kitchen, and he decided the 4 last slices of bacon we had, that were perfectly crisp and glazed in maple syrup were a surprise treat for him. Soooo I was left with using Zuke’s Specifically the mini naturals rabbit flavor.

I hope your pups love these as much as mine do. And feel free to be creative, our Piper loves strawberry yogurt – so I use this instead with mashed bananas and peanut butter. Chandon thinks sweet potato and cheese cubes should be eaten so slowly, that he actually lays and licks the pawsicle slowly, until he finds cheese.

Pawsicles – about 2 cups
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup treats, such as zukes mini naturals, cheese cubes, cooked bacon, carob chips

In a large bowl combine puree, yogurt, milk and maple syrup. If necessary thicken with more puree.

Prepare your molds by dividing the treats among each one. Pour the batter into pastry bag, and fill the molds, shake mold to even out, and add more batter if necessary.

Freeze for at least 2-3 hours. Temperatures does vary from home to home, but we keep ours at 0 degrees F. Remove from molds and serve in an area you don’t mind cleaning up after – we enjoy our treats on the lawn.