CHICKEN AND HEARTS OF PALM PIE
4 cups flour (3 tablespoons more later)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups lard or butter
INGREDIENTS – FILLING
1½ pounds chicken breast
3 garlic cloves
1 large onion
1 pound hearts of palm
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons parsley
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
INGREDIENTS – ASSEMBLY
2 tablespoons flour (1 more tablespoon flour later)
1 tablespoon flour
1 egg yolk
8″ x 8″ casserole dish
Serves 9. Takes 2 hours.
PREPARATION – DOUGH
Add 4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt to large mixing bowl. Blend together with whisk. Add lard and egg. Moosh together, or knead, with hands until dough is well blended. Separate dough into 2 balls. One ball should be almost twice as big as the smaller one. Cover dough balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
PREPARATION – FILING
While dough refrigerates, cut chicken breast into ½” cubes. Mince garlic cloves and onion. Dice heart of palm and tomatoes. Add garlic, onion, and vegetable oil to pan. Sauté at medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until garlic and onion soften. Stir frequently. Add chicken cubes. Sauté for 10 minutes or until chicken starts to brown. Stir frequently. Add hearts of palm, tomatoes, parsley, pepper, and salt. Sauté for 5 minutes at medium heat. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
PREPARATION – ASSEMBLY
While filling cools. preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dust flat surface with 2 tablespoons flour. Flatten larger flour ball until you get a square that is 12″ wide or large enough to cover the bottom of the casserole both and its sides . Spray casserole dish with no-stick spray. Carefully place 12″ dough square into pie pan. Remove any dough hanging over the edge with a knife. Ladle filing into pie pan. Smooth filling with spoon.
Dust flat surface with 1 tablespoon flour. Flatten remaining, small dough ball until you get a square that is 8″ wide or large enough to cover the filling. Carefully place 8″ dough square on top of filling. Remove any dough hanging over the edge with a knife. Add egg yolk to small bowl. Beat egg yolk with whisk. Brush egg yolk onto top crust. Poke 4 holes crust with toothpick or fork. This will let steam escape. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
1) Some stores carry hearts of palm.
2) Others do not.
3) Mine didn’t. When I went to pay for my groceries the checker asked, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” I answered no, I had been looking for hearts of palm.
4) The checker favored me with a deer in the headlights look.
5) They called over a box boy to help me look. He couldn’t find it. I think we were all happy when I left.
6) The same thing occurred even when I was looking for galangal, Thai basil, or dandelions.
7) Also, don’t even think of asking for a type of radish that is found only in Northwest China and then only occasionally.
8) So the next time the checkers ask you, “Did you find everything?” answer yes.
9) I know we thought the supermarkets had everything when we were little. But they don’t. It’s disillusioning I know.
10) Kinda like finding out Santa Claus didn’t exist.
11) Life is hard.
12) But I have bunnies living in my front yard and that’s way cool.
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef
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