I got up a little late so our Chicken Pie will be late. What is Chicken Pie? Well, in honor of America’s Independence Day, we are having a dish from The Little House Cookbook. That way we can celebrate the Pioneers building the future United States of America on the Great Plains and elsewhere. After all, Laura Ingalls Wilder represents the Pioneer spirit to so many of us. And “Chicken Pie” was what Almanzo Wilder’s mother would fix on Sundays for supper. I decided it was exactly the right dish for the 4th, although I did fix it for the 4th last year. I may also make–from the same book–Apple Popovers, but after the pie comes out of the oven. First, however, I will mention that my being Jewish, I use Crisco instead of lard and earth balance (vegan butter) instead of regular butter. Now you are required to “fix this pie 6 hours before you want to eat.”
Pie Crust Recipe
Ingredients for Crust
(I made two crusts)
1 and 1/4 Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Crisco
1/2 Teaspoon Butter
- Mix Flour and Salt.
- Fold in Crisco.
- Fold in Butter.
- I required more Crisco and Butter than the recipe required.
- I pressed one recipe’s worth into a deep pie dish, and then I made another recipe’s worth for the top part of the crust, but put it aside while I made the inside of the pie.
Chicken Pie Recipe
Ingredients for Filling
a roasting hen
Eggs, hard boiled
Turkey Bacon, 4 slices
Crisco, to taste
Flour, two tablespoons
Salt and Pepper
- Start preparing six hours before when you want to eat.
- Put giblets and chicken back bone in pan of 2 cups of boiling water and simmer 30 minutes (I cooked it longer).
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Fry eggs and hardboiled eggs in Crisco.
- Fry chicken meat outside of giblets in the pan where the turkey bacon and hard boiled eggs were.
- Put chicken mixture in pie crust in pie dish.
- Take giblet and backbone out of pot and pour the liquid into frying pan.
- Add flour.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Pour sauce from the giblet mix onto the pie in pie dish.
- Take other pie material–that not already in dish–and cover and press down on the pie filling.
- Place pie in oven for 6 hours.
So it is that my chicken pie is cooking. In the meantime I will have a root beer. After supper I shall fix an apple popover… and perhaps report on it in my Blog.