Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What Do You Call a Chicken Shepherd?

Cooptender? Hensman?
Well, whatever it is, we made a "shepherd's" pie, but with chicken instead of lamb. (It was an original idea with me, but as soon as I Googled it, I discovered I was not the first to sub chicken for lamb.)
It was as easy as pie. Easier, because of the mashed potato topping replacing floury crust.
Take that, floury crust! Don't need you. (I like floury crust, but this is my story, and I'm sticking with it.)
Oh, yes, and no recipe. You just cook some vegetables al dente in a skillet with butter or oil. We used carrots, celery, onion and bits of broccoli. UPDATE: and mushrooms! Then make a gravy or sauce with some chicken stock and roux. A splish of milk. Cut up your leftover cooked chicken, and stir it, and the veggies, into the gravy. Salt and pepper. Herbs, if needed, but our chicken and stock were very herby. Pile this nice mix into a baking dish, top with mashed potatoes, bake for half an hour.
It's hard to tell you how happy this made me. I'm still happy, because we still have a couple more servings for supper tonight.
Yeah, let's call it Cooptender's Pie. I just Googled it; I'm first.

22 comments:

Zoomie said...

Now, that sounds downright perfect for the weather we are having now. Sustaining. Homey. Pure.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Nicely put. The eye craves those bright dabs of color in the vegetables, and the tummy craves the comfort.
Welcome home! If there's any jewelry missing, I have it.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

That golden brown color on the mashed potato looks so good. Cheers to Cooptender's Pie!

cookiecrumb said...

Denise: Oh. Well, a little broilage (under the "grill" to my Aussie friends) was needed at the end. Strictly cosmetic, but... the eye craves it! Merci, xoxo

namastenancy said...

That looks so delicious! Perfect for our chilly, rainy weather. But then, I never met a potato that I didn't like (alas for the waistline).

OT" I've uploaded all the watercolors that I think are fit to be seen by the public. There are in the folder titled "Flower Power." Quelle suprise, n'est pas? I also have a couple of recent paintings there - not the greatest photos in the world but you can get an idea of the art work. I also have a folder where I've put the professional scans of my "Elgin Marbles" drawings. I think that working in water based media on those is what encouraged me to do all these small watercolors.

Here is the link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49938734@N06/

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: I pretty much live on potatoes. I will allow the occasional pasta (*snort*).
Gosh, the flower power collection is so good! I see a lot of flexibility in your style -- well at least in the media you choose from piece to piece -- but it's always still you. I have a few favorites, but I'll never tell. :)
PS: I'm seeing what a departure the sunflowers was for you!

namastenancy said...

Actually, the sunflower piece is my least favorite. It's too close to the original photo and it was difficult to paint because I was going for a more realistic style. I used layers of almost dry paint to get the intense color that I was looking for; I may redo it in a looser style but in the meantime, I've got a half dozen more pieces on the work table as well as a bunch of drawings that I made as they took the Buddha in the Civic Center away.

kudzu said...

When I moved to California I was amazed when I heard about the "chicken ranches" in Petaluma -- and the fact that owners were actually called chicken ranchers. Still can't hear those terms without giggling.

Potatoes, yes!!

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Huh! Yeah, I was going to say it looked almost gouachey. It's good to stretch. And unhappy results... well, they might happen.
You must be doing at least one painting a day. Wow.

Kudzu: Oh, I guess I didn't know -- Chicken Ranchers! Cool. (It's possible, you know; I'm a tomato rancher. A jolly tomato rancher.)

Chilebrown said...

I like your winging it kinda style.

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: There actually was chicken wing meat in the pie.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

O, I was going to suggest Chook-keeper Pie, almost the same!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Nearly close to rhyming, in fact. Oh, so yum. Dinner tonight... better after a little stay in the fridge!

Greg said...

Chicken wrangler! Mashers make my day.

Zoomie said...

I rather like Henswoman, myself. All jewelry is accounted for. I have a small gift for you from Hawaii. Will mail once my luggage arrives.

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: I like it! I hear chickens are real nice, though. Probably don't need much wranglin'.

Zoomie: Yeah, henswoman has a D.H. Lawrence sort of ring to it.
Small gift from Hawaii? Oh boy, my very own cup of lychee sorbet! Right?
:)
Jeez, your luggage didn't make it back with you? Horrors.

Zoomie said...

The luggage arrived just a moment ago - they just forgot to put it on the plane in Honolulu. They knew their mistake before we landed and were already paging us to apologize as we walked into baggage claim. Now that it's here, I'll mail you your lychee sorbet (in a waterproof baggie). Stand by.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: XXX!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Ha! I like Cooptender - and Chicken Wrangler. And that pie looks so good I'd trade the 50 eggs a week we're getting right now for it! :) xoxo

cookiecrumb said...

Hey Susan! Wow, 50 eggs a week. I hope you're selling a few dozen here and there. But I could really get into an eggy diet... I even have two deviled egg plates.

bekaboo said...

I have kids who hate ground beef, so this is silly, should have thought of it long before genius!! Looks heavenly!! I make shepherd's pie quite often for my hubby, despite my kids, but now everyone can be happy. Thank you!

cookiecrumb said...

Bekaboo: Ooh, so happy to help! It's really good eating, and I bet your family will like it.

(When I was growing up, in the Pleistocene Era, ground beef was THE household meat. Didn't mean I liked it.)