You can recreate a popular comfort food in low-carb version with this recipe. This recipe will amaze you. I’ve made it numerous times now and it’s consistently tasty and reminiscent of the little frozen pies I was raised on. The crust is fantasticon this meat pie. It would also be good for making sweet empanadas with their fruit or traditional sweet potato fillings. This recipe is not suitable for Induction and should not be eaten until the grains rung of OWL. Substituting daikon white radish or turnip for the rutabaga will cut the carbs a bit on this dish, as will using grean beans instead of peas. You can also substitute half a recipe of my homemade low-carb Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup in place of the broth, cream and xanthan gum listed if you have that made up.
VARIATIONS: Instead use turkey or one 6.5 oz. pouch tuna. All 3 are versions are delicious!
2/3 c. CarbQuik bake mix (use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for gluten-free)
1/3 c. golden flax meal
1/3 c. oat fiber (or 1/3 c. more of Jennifer’s gluten-free mix)
2 T. cold butter
3 T. cream
12 oz. cooked chicken meat, chopped (or turkey)
6 oz. diced rutabaga (use daikon radish or turnip for lower carbs)
3 oz. diced carrot (use less or omit for lower carbs)
1 oz. chopped leeks (or 1 green onion)
3 oz. frozen green peas (use frozen green beans to lower carbs)
1 c. cream
2 c. low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1-3 drops yellow food coloring
pinch salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. In a small saucepan, boil diced rutabaga, carrot, leeks and peas (beans) in water until just tender. Drain and pour into large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix all dry crust ingredients together. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add beaten egg and cream and mix well. Using hand, knead into a ball of dough and place on plastic wrap. Place another piece of plastic on top and with a rolling pin, roll dough to slightly larger than the size of pan you are using. I use an 8″ square Pyrex glass dish that is greased with butter. Let rolled dough set while you mix the filling.
Placed chopped chicken or turkey meat into the large bowl where you placed the veggies. Stir in chicken broth, cream, xanthan gum, food coloring, and salt and pepper. Pour filling into butter-greased pan. Now pull the top plastic off the rolled crust. Grabbing the bottom plastic, pick up the crust at the midpoint (plastic and all), let it fold gently in the middle and place the fold at the pan midpoint. Gently lift the other half of the dough over onto the pie and remove the plastic carefully. Finish by folding the excess crust edges inside the pan rim and crimp decoratively if you wish. Poke 3-4 holes in the top of the crust with a fork and bake in a 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until crust is nicely browned.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:
442 cals, 28.2g fat, 30.2g carbs, 19.55g fiber, 10.65g NET CARBS , 36g protein, 510 mg sodium