Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie - Alton Brown
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- 1 lb chicken sausage (bulk-style, or removed from casings)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 ounces all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
- 1 1⁄2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons freshly chopped sage
- 1 1⁄4 lbs shredded cooked chicken, about 5 cups
- 3⁄4 lb all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
- 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped sage
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 lb extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1⁄4 lb unsalted butter, frozen
- 7 ounces low-fat buttermilk (1 cup less 2 tbsp)
- In a 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat, cook chicken sausage until just done (no longer pink). Add butter. When melted, add flour and stir 1-2 minutes to cook out the raw-flour taste. Slowly add milk and broth and stir; reduce heat and simmer until thick, 2-3 minutes.
- Off heat, add salt, pepper, sage and shredded chicken. Stir well, cover and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, thyme, sage and cayenne. Stir in cheese and butter. Add buttermilk and stir until it forms a dough, then knead 30-60 seconds until it just comes together. Roll into a 1/2" thick sheet. Cut with a 3" biscuit cutter; you will need at least 9 biscuits, so you may need to re-roll the scraps to get enough. Cut by pushing your cutter straight down, then twisting.
- Place one biscuit in the center of the chicken mixture (still in the cast iron pan), then arrange the remaining biscuits around the outer edge of the pan. Place in preheated 400F oven for 20 minutes until biscuits are browned. DO NOT open the door. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
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I made this recipe several years ago, and just like ALL of AB's recipes, it was a home run! (My suggestion would be to treat the cheese like wine in a recipe: if you wouldn't eat/drink it, then don't cook with it. A four year-old white cheddar mixed with a little asiago is AMAZING!) I am making it for family and friends for brunch tomorrow along with a blackberry/blueberry pancake bundt cake), and everyone is already drooling in anticipation. Keep your biscuit hand strong, and carry on!
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