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This recipe is from the www.kingarthurflour.com website. These crusty, single-serve bread bowls are scented with sage and thyme, reminiscent of the stuffing you enjoy with your holiday bird. We've filled them here with turkey (or chicken) pot pie filling, the perfect solution to "what can I do with this leftover turkey?" NOTE: The directions on the website contain step-by-step instructions with pictures.
For the Bread Bowls
- 1 1⁄4 cups water, make sure it's lukewarm
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup semolina
- 2 teaspoons ground sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons potato flour (or 1/2 cup dry potato flakes)
- 2 tablespoons dry milk (or nonfat dry milk)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons instant yeast
For the Filling
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 3⁄4 cups chicken stock (or broth)
- 1⁄2 cup half-and-half (or milk)
- 5 1⁄2-6 cups turkey, cooked (or chicken)
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon salt, depending on the saltiness of the broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry, for flavor (optional)
- 1 1⁄2 cups frozen peas and carrots, cooked and drained
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions, cooked and drained
- Combine all of the dough ingredients, and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, to make a smooth dough.
- Place the dough in a bowl or rising container, cover it, and let it rise for about 90 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk.
- Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into six pieces.
- Round each piece into a ball.
- Stagger the balls on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover, and let rise for about 1 hour.
- The balls should become quite puffy. Towards the end of their rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F
- Bake the buns till they're a deep, golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool right on the pan.
- When you're ready to make bread bowls, cut the top 1/3 off each bun.
- Gently and carefully scoop out the bread inside. Reserve it to make herb-flavored crumbs, if desired.
- Place the bread bowls on a baking sheet or platter, and set them aside while you make the filling.
- Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and add the flour, stirring to combine.
- Slowly add the broth in a stream, stirring constantly to keep the mixture from becoming lumpy. If it does get lumpy, just keep stirring till it smooths out.
- Add the half and half or milk, stirring till smooth. Bring just to a boil, then simmer gently, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken or turkey, salt, thyme, and sherry, stirring to combine.
- Add the cooked, drained vegetables, stirring to combine.
- Bring the mixture just to a simmer, and immediately spoon a generous 1/2 cup into each bread bowl. Serve immediately.