Wednesday, September 7, 2011

pastel de pollo

if you ask me to name 3 dishes that i could have everyday for the rest of my life, chicken pastel will definitely be one of them. i just love it! for special occasions we make it with the crust although as a regular, everyday meal the crust is ommited. it was just one of those "regular" days last sunday but i felt like going the distance a bit and made a crust. i even made a miniature one for my little boy! 

chicken breast fillet, cut into chunks
chorizo de bilbao
1/2 cup butter
onion, chopped
garlic, crushed
carrot, cubed
potato, cubed
mushrooms, chopped
sausage, cubed
1 cup evaporated milk
chicken or beef broth
cheese, grated
salt and pepper

brown garlic in butter
add onions chicken and chorizo, cook for about 2-3 minutes
add carrots and potatoes. let them brown a little
add some broth, cover and simmer
add mushrooms, sausage and olives
stir in milk, remaining broth and cheese
when chicken and vegetables are cooked transfer onto baking dish
cover with crust*

2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

add salt and sugar to flour
cut in shortening using 2 knives
gradually add water
mix with hand but do not knead
roll on a well floured board
fit to top of prepared pastel
brush with beaten egg or milk
bake at 350 degrees F until golden

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