Thursday, September 20, 2012

Leftovers...This is as good as it gets (Chicken Pot Pie)!

This evening I have added a new "first" to my blog and actually posted my "leftovers"....yes LEFTOVERS...not leftovers that I have transformed into some other fabulous meal...just plain old leftovers...repeats...reruns... whatever you want to call them!  To some folks (hubby included)...leftovers have such a bad reputation.  To others (like me), it means not only getting to enjoy eating something you loved eating once before, again...but it also means you get a night off from cooking (win / win)!   Last night, I made a Chicken Pot Pie w/ Cheddar Herb Almond Crust that was absolutely delicious and we had plenty of it leftover for another meal.  I originally began to pop it into the microwave to reheat it for dinner this evening...but then realized that would "ruin" much of what I loved most about this recipe...the crispy/flaky/richness of the crust that would certainly be turned into some weird, mushy, doughy textured, pasty, non-crust like substance -- all courtesy of my microwave (and the desire to save a few minutes reheating it).  Surely it would also turn the tender chunks of perfectly cooked chicken breast into "rubbery eraser-like chunks".  I decided that at the cost of having it take 25 minutes or so to reheat it in the oven versus the 10-12 minutes to reheat it in the microwave that it simply wasn't worth it.  So, if you feel the same way about it that I do...preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place your casserole dish in the oven while the oven is cold and let it heat up along with your oven, with foil wrapped very loosely on top for about 20 minutes.  Then remove your foil and let it re-crisp in the oven uncovered for another 5 or 10 minutes....your mouth, stomach and tastebuds will thank you for it!  It was just as good, if not better tonight.  I am SO glad I didn't reheat it in the microwave!  Check out these leftovers...even hubby was in heaven with these tonight!  Enjoy!


*Note:  You may want to let your casserole dish sit out on the counter about 20 minutes so it isn't icy cold when you place it into your cold oven that will become hot quickly...just to make sure you don't crack your dish from a quick change in temperature.



Sharon said...

I made the pot pie for dinner last night and I keep looking at the clock to see if it is lunch time yet! Thanks for the great recipes!!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks Sharon! I'm glad you liked it -- the leftover are good too (when heated in the oven) -- don't know about the microwave though. Hope you enjoy your leftovers as much as I did! ;-)