Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Time for a new recipe - Creamy Pork Potpie

Sometime in May, I started rebelling against structure and routine. I was ready for school to be out so that we could throw the daily grind out the window and be free as birds. Here we are, beginning of August, and I'm begging for my routine back! Go figure. I do this every year.

So what is one way to get a handle on things? Go back to menu planning. Did I actually make a menu?

Yes...and no.

Well, sort of....

I started it, but then things were all thrown off again thanks to summer. But I am "planning" my cooking again. Tonight's meal was a new recipe I've been eyeing for a while now, but finally made it. The crazy part is, I don't like cauliflower. I never have. And yet this recipe jumped out at me as looking yummy despite the fact it called for cauliflower. So, for that, I should get my props! This recipe just made it onto the "Keeper" list after one bite. And it is on the "comfort foods" list as well. What was it? Creamy Pork Potpie.

Want the recipe? OK, here you go!

¼ cup butter, cubed
½ cup all-purposed flour
1 can (14½ ounce) chicken broth
¾ cup milk
2½ cups cubed cooked pork (I used leftover pork chops)
2½ cups frozen broccoli-cauliflower blend
1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
Dash of pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (I made the pie crust)
1 egg, beaten

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the pork, vegetables, cheese, seasoned salt, and pepper; heat through.

Transfer to a greased 11"x7" baking dish. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into an 11x7 rectangle. Place over the pork mixture. Brush with egg. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings

*I'll admit that the leftover pork chops didn't amount to 2½ cups, and I had about 1 cup of shredded beef that needed to be used - so I added the beef in. It was fantastic!


  1. Looks good! Think I'm gonna' try it with chicken.

    See you soon!!

  2. Anonymous8:53 PM

    This sounds YUMMY! I'm going to try it.