Our pies are filled with a rich mixture of chicken, artichoke hearts, onions, and peas, and topped with flaky pie crust. If desired, they can be decorated with hearts cut from the scraps of dough and attached to the crust with an egg wash.
Single-serving potpies are ideal for a buffet because they are easy to eat; their glossy, golden puff pastry tops are cut into snowflake and wreath patterns, which hide a delicious filling of pork and winter vegetables that have been braised in white wine.
Clever shortcuts make these individual potpies from Everyday Food reader Martha C. Neumann of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, surprisingly easy. Store-bought rotisserie chicken and pie dough cut the prep time; fennel bulb, fennel seed, and cubed ham update it.
A handful of tweaks turn this comfort food into a smarter choice: white-meat chicken (not dark), extra veggies, low-fat milk in the filling, and a lighter crust. Brushing the phyllo with just a small amount of oil instead of butter makes it just as tasty.
It's back to school and back to work -- all the more reason to have dinner ready in the freezer. This gluten-free recipe can be baked in an eight-inch square baking dish or two nine-inch deep-dish pie pans; you will need to add about fifteen minutes to the baking time.