With temperatures plunging, all that I have been craving is comforting meals. I don’t know about you, but in my humble opinion chicken pot pie is comfort at its best… So yes, chicken pot pie is what we will be preparing today… but this is no ordinary pie, folks!!! This is a Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie or Empadão de Frango — one of the best you will ever have. Trust me!
Our chicken pot pie is made from a homemade flaky dough called pâte brisée or massa podre (the French version of classic pie pastry), filled with a tasty, creamy, and chunky chicken-and-vegetable filling… A true party in your mouth!
In my home country of Brazil, pot pies come in 3 basic sizes: mini (about a size of a mini muffin), small (a bit smaller than a standard-size muffin or cupcake), and large (family-size pot pie). The mini pot pies are served as small bites at birthdays or holiday events, or as hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties — such as our shrimp mini pot pies. The small size pot pies are usually available at cafés and bakeries, or from street vendors. The large size pies– such as this one– are served either for lunch or dinner, and are called empadão in Portuguese .
The filling varies, of course! The most popular filling is chicken — although shrimp (with or without catupiry cheese), hearts of palm, and others are also available.
I know that making this pie from scratch is a labor of love, but both its taste and texture are worth every bit of the time spent preparing it. To save some time, our recipe yields 2 pies. You can serve one and freeze the other to serve up to 3 months later. If desired, you can also use a store-bought pie dough instead, shaving off a bit more time from the recipe. It’s really up to you!!!
In contrast to some American pot pies that have only a top crust, this Brazilian double crusted pie should not be served bubbly hot, but warm instead– otherwise it will be prone to falling apart. Our chicken pot pie can also be accompanied by white rice (the Brazilian way) or by a fresh salad (my favorite way).
Enjoy our Brazilian chicken pot pie and make your family and yourself quite happy…
P.S.: What’s your favorite comfort food?