The fifties was an innovative decade and one of the wonderful time-saving inventions for the American housewife was TV dinners. During WWII, a majority of women had to do the jobs men did while they were at war, and it turned out that some women liked to work and collect a paycheck more than being a wife and mother, which left little time for homemade dinners, so when Swanson came out with a complete meal in a tin pan you tossed in the oven, it was a godsend and relief - and they were actually pretty good. My mother was a "Rosie the Riveter" type who worked at the Schwinn bicycle factory. I'm sure you've seen pictures of Rosie with the scarf tied around her head and donning trousers - yep, that was mom. In fact, I don't think I ever recalled seeing her in a dress. Donna Reed, I thought, was a freak of nature. In any event, occasionally, when mom was too tired to cook, we popped TV dinners in the oven, set up the tray in front of the TV box, and watched The Honeymooners. Below is my version of a homemade pot pie.
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Chicken Pot Pie
2 cups of each, diced: celery, onion, frozen carrots, peas, corn 2 tbsp butter 1-1/4 lb. (about 3 cups) of diced, cooked chicken (make it simple on yourself and buy it that way) 1 egg w/tsp water for a wash Salt 'n pepper to taste 1/2 tsp each: parsley, thyme, rosemary 4 individual soufflé cups or oblong casserole dish Pie Crusts (Pillsbury roll out - 2 per pkg. - cut to fit the baking cups Gravy (recipe below)
Preheat over to 350.° Sauté your veggies in butter a couple of minutes until soft. Fold in chicken and spices. Adjust seasoning if need be. Divide evenly into baking cups. Set aside to cool while you make your gravy.
Gravy: 8 tbsp butter 1/4 cup flour 6 cups chicken broth Pepper to taste
Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour, blend and stir until it bubbles (should be thick). Whisk in (slowly) the chicken broth and simmer for about 10 mins. Add pepper.
Pour gravy over veggies, place your crust on top, brush with egg wash and bake for approximately 10-15 mins. If you have leftover pie crust and wanna get fancy, cut out shapes with a knife or cookie cutter and place on top of crust before egg wash.