A quick note about this new term; “Starter Recipe”… I have two sons who are learning to cook. E has been playing around with recipes and ingredients for awhile now, but D has just started to venture into making his own meals. Because of D’s newly found interest, I’m going to start posting recipes (aptly named “Starter Recipes”) to help those, like D, who want to cook but are intimidated by huge lists of ingredients or just want to make something that can be pulled together with things that are easy to keep on hand. Use the search engine on my blog for more “Starter Recipes”… until I get more recipes posted, here’s our first of what I hope will become a long list of easy-to-follow and delicious recipes.
D wanted to use some of the leftover turkey that I had given him to take back to his apartment, but he didn’t just want to make a few sandwiches… he wanted to make a Chicken pie (with turkey). We started with a short list of ingredients.
- Leftover turkey/chicken NOTE: You can pull meat off a pre-roasted chicken if you don’t have any leftover from a previous meal.
- One can of mixed vegetables. NOTE: I like to use a can of “Veg-all” because it includes potatoes.
- One can Cream of Chicken soup, undiluted. NOTE: If I were making this, I would add a bit of white wine here.
- One can of pre-made Biscuits NOTE: Use whatever biscuits you like best… these will be your topping.
- Spray a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop or shred meat and cover the bottom of your pan with bite-sized pieces.
- Open and drain the canned vegetables. Spread them over top the meat in an even layer.
- Open and spoon the soup over the vegetables. If you would prefer to mix these three ingredients together and then pour them into the pan, feel free to do so. This is your dish, so make it however you like.
- Top with approximately 5 biscuits (as shown in the photo). You can also cut each biscuit into smaller pieces and layer them on top of your pie… again, this is your dish.
- Spray top of biscuits with cooking spray (“Pam” is cooking spray) so they brown as they cook.
- Put pan in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. Serves 2-4 (depending on serving sizes)
I do hope that you’ll try this recipe, especially if you’ve never cooked before. Cooking can be a relaxing experience, as long as you have all your ingredients at hand and feel confident that your final outcome will be tasty and satisfying. By following these recipes, I hope to help you learn how to become more comfortable with cooking for yourself and for others. There’s really nothing as wonderful as making a meal that satisfies both body and soul.
Enjoy the journey!