Wintertime Means Comfort Food

January 18, 2021

Wintertime Means Comfort Food

I am ready for my Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

Let me begin with the obvious; it is winter here in the northern hemisphere!  And yes, that means that it is cold, windy, and snowy outside.  Fortunately, it is also warm, cozy, and homey inside! :o)

Winter means that it is cold, windy, and snowy outside.

Fortunately, it is warm, cozy, and homey inside!

 There have been many cookbooks written with comfort food and winter fare in mind.  I even own a couple! :o). They are filled with delicious-looking recipes, and I especially like the promise on the one cover that states “warm winter dishes for cold weather fun”.

There have been many cookbooks written with comfort food and winter fare in mind.
I even own a couple! :o)

Hello, Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

Wintertime means comfort food! And this recipe that I share with you today for Chicken Pot Pie Soup fits the bill!  Although, the definition of comfort food generally means food connected to “nostalgic or sentimental feelings”, I, actually, tasted my first Chicken Pot Pie Soup on a trip to Minnesota, a few years ago, in 2015, while visiting the General Store of Minnetonka’s, Cafe Bistro.  What a great place to dine and shop!  In addition to their soups and other menu items, they are. also, known for their light, yummy, over-sized popovers! Upon finishing up your meal, one can then spend time shopping and taking in their array of fun and fascinating items on display.

I tasted my first Chicken Pot Pie Soup on a trip to Minnesota in 2015, while visiting the
General Store of Minnetonka’s, Cafe Bistro.

They are also known for their light, yummy, over-sized popovers!

And for their fun and fascinating array of items for sale.

With the perfect blend of chicken and vegetable goodness, I became an instant fan of Chicken Pot Pie Soup.  The tasty recipe, below, comes from Chef Scott, whose Holiday Chicken Brie was featured in an earlier post, here. Thank you, Scott!

Preparing Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is sure to be a winter favorite. It can be prepared as a soup, or, if desired, a puff pastry top may be added just before serving.

This recipe can be prepared as a soup, or, if desired,
a puff pastry top may be added just before serving.

 

Ingredients needed for this recipe

The Recipe

 

Scott’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Ingredients

1 sheet of puff pastry, if desired
(found in frozen section, or in refrigerated section near pie crusts)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
(corn, green beans, peas, and carrots)

1 diced potato

1 stick butter

4 chicken breasts, cut up into cubes

1 quart/4 cups of water

1, or more Tablespoons chicken base
(found in jar near canned soups)

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2-4 Tablespoons cornstarch, and equal amount of water

salt and pepper

Directions

If using a puff pastry topping…
Cut puff pastry out just a bit larger than the circumference of the soup bowl you will be using.
Bake on parchment (some puff pastry includes this.)
Bake according to the directions, until lightly browned.
Set aside.

In the meantime…

Heat stock pot on medium, just until hot.

Add oil oil and chicken.
Brown both sides until halfway cooked.

Remove chicken and the chicken juice from the pan into bowl, and set aside.

Add butter to stock pot.
Sauté potatoes, onions, and celery are tender.

Add water, chicken and chicken juice, and chicken base.
Simmer on low heat, stirring often, until your potatoes and chicken are fully cooked.

Add frozen vegetables, and bring back to simmer.

Make “white wash” using equal parts cornstarch and water to thicken soup.
Bring back to simmer.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and additional chicken base to taste, if desired.

Spoon soup into bowl, and top with baked puffed pastry.

Enjoy!

Good-bye Winter Decor

 I like to sprinkle my house with a bit of joy for whatever season is around the corner.  With that in mind, I plan to put away my winter-related decor, later today, and pull out my Valentine’s Day stash.

I plan to put away my winter-related decor, later today.

Do you put up seasonal decor?  If so, when do you display your Valentine’s Day pretties?
I would love to hear about when, and how, you decorate for Valentine’s Day in the comments!

Cooking with Gammy

Enjoying my grandchildren at my house for some post-Christmas giggles,
we made these cute Rudolph donuts.  They were easy to prepare, and the
grandchildren had fun creating them.  :o)

Rudolph the Donut Reindeer

Donut Reindeer

Gather

pre-made chocolate-covered donuts,

canned white frosting

colored squeeze decorator frosting

red m & m

edible “eyes

mini pretzels

Allow your little one to create a reindeer face, similar to above.

Made Me Smile  :o)

As you may have gathered, I enjoy cookbooks.  (I read them like a novel!)   Over the years, I have reduced my cookbook inventory to a special few, and rarely add to my collection these days, EXCEPT when it comes cookbooks that feature recipes from Disney World and Disneyland.  I recently received the wonderful Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World cookbook as an early birthday gift. (Thank you!).
I will be taste testing these many of these recipes soon, and some may find their way into a post in the future!

The Mystery Machine

My youngest son was a big fan of Scooby-Doo growing up, and the Mystery Machine was the show’s splashy mode of transport for Scooby and the gang.  On a drive home, recently, I spotted this van in a drive way.  Cool! Scooby-Dooby-Doo! :o)

Enjoy these winter-related blog posts, below.
Just click “here” after the blog title, and enjoy.  :o)


From the January 2014 post

Touring with Swiss Miss/Mrs., August 2013, here.
Includes a Hot Chocolate recipe.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside, January 2014, here.
Includes winter movie recommendations and an Onion Soup recipe.

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
Includes recipes for Chicken and Dumplings, and Chocolate Frosting

An Ideal, Lazy Cozy Winter Afternoon, January 2015, here.
Includes winter movie recommendations and a winter printable.

Minnesota Nice, October 2015, here.
Includes a recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

One Wedding and a Whale of a Snowstorm, January 2016, here.

Life in the not so Fast Lane, or How do you mend a broken (heart) leg?, January 2018, here.

This Boot is Made for Walking?  OR (Love) Leg Hurts!, February 2018, here.
Includes a Spaghetti and Meatball recipe.

Look Ma, No Boot!, March 2018, here.

Winter Magic, February 2021, here.
Includes the recipe for Snowball Cookies.

A Very Merry Royal Christmas!, December 2021, here.
Includes the recipe for Holiday Chicken Brie.

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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2 Responses to Wintertime Means Comfort Food

  1. Donna and Tony says:

    Pot pie soup looks delicious.

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