Clever shortcuts make these individual potpies from 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.

Everyday Food, September 2008

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with rack in the middle. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add carrot, onion, fennel, and fennel seed. Cook until carrot is crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add milk and broth, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens, 5 to 8 minutes.

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  • Remove from heat; stir in chicken, ham, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Divide filling among eight 8-ounce ramekins or ovenproof bowls; set aside.

  • On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 15-inch round. With a 3 1/2-inch floured biscuit cutter, cut out eight rounds; place one on each ramekin. Transfer ramekins to a rimmed baking sheet; bake until filling is bubbling and crusts are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

  • To store: Prepare through step 3; let cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil; store in freezer, up to 3 months.

  • To reheat: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Uncover ramekins; bake on a rimmed baking sheet until bubbling and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Reviews (2)

22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
02/16/2010
Beanryan, sorry you that trouble, you can usually find pie crusts in the dairy case. They come two to a package. Pillsbury has good ones but I have also gotten the store brand that was good as well.
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10/13/2009
The recipe was very tasty, love the fennel, but I have one major complaint. I could not find the dough in any of the stores. I ended up having to make the dough from scratch. Took me longer to finally make the recipe after searching for the dough and finding the time to make the dough.
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