Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkin Chicken Pot Pie for your Little Goblins~~#PumpkinWeek

Today is the very last day of this year's Pumpkin Week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections.  She has worked very hard on this project and it shows.  What a wonderful gathering of friends and recipes all featuring the very best in pumpkin and fall flavors.


As soon as we see these cute little fellows starting to show up at the grocers, farmer's markets and our gardens our minds automatically turn to Halloween followed closely by Thanksgiving.  Last year Terri held Pumpkin Week during October which was wonderful for us, the bloggers, but maybe a little too late for you, the readers.  So this year Terri decided we would post earlier so that all of you would have time to plan for your Halloween and Thanksgiving tables.  Terri is just that kind of a gal!!


I wanted to finish out this week with a special Halloween treat for you to give to your little goblins before begging.  This is guaranteed to fill them up, keep them warm and give them all the energy they need to be their cute little monsterous selves.


I baked up some small pumpkins, including the tops that I cut off because that puree can be saved for another use, and filled them up with Chicken Pot Pie filling.


Then I topped them with these ghosts made of pie crust and baked them again.  Any pie crust will do, your favorite homemade or store bought recipe, just roll them out and use a ghost cookie cutter to make the shapes.  Use a straw to poke out some eyes and you are all set.


What little witch or warlock could resist these cute little Pumpkin Chicken Pot Pies.  Every little Elsa, Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker will leave home with a full belly.  My Little Miss got an adorable cat costume for her birthday.  I can't wait to see her all dressed up.  My recipe is for 2 pumpkin pot pies but can be doubled or tripled very easily.  

Last year I participated in Swapoween.  A fun little activity where another blogger and I were assigned to each other and we sent each other some great Halloween items.  When I got my Swapoween Package it contained many wonderful things, including a book titled Frightfully Fun Halloween Crafts and Cooking.  This recipe idea came from that great book.  Thanks Jennifer of Living La Vida Holoka.

Pumpkin Chicken Pot Pie
adapted from Frightfully Fun Halloween Crafts and Cooking

2 small pumpkins, tops cut off and seeds removed
salt and pepper to taste
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 t. thyme
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 c. frozen vegetables, thawed
2 c. cooked chicken, chopped
1 pie crust
1 egg
1 T. milk

Sprinkle inside of pumpkins with salt and pepper.  Wrap tightly in foil and place cut side up on a cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 30-45 minutes, until the skin is just easily poked with a fork but still firm.  Remove from oven, unwrap from the foil and set aside.

Melt butter in a skillet over med high heat.  Add flour, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until flour starts to brown and becomes nutty smelling.  Add the broth.  Cook and stir until smooth and thickened.  Stir in the vegetables and chicken.  Cook until heated through.  Spoon the chicken mixture into the pumpkin shells.

Roll out the pie crust and using a ghost cookie cutter (or cutter of your choice) cut out the dough. The ghost was large enough that I only needed one per pumpkin.  Using a straw poke out eyes on the ghost.  Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl.  Brush the underside of the pie dough cut out with the egg wash and place on top of the pumpkin.  Brush the top of the pie dough cut out with the egg wash mixture and place back into the 350* oven for another 30-40 minutes, until bubbly and the dough is browned and cooked through.


Let's see what others are sharing on this final day of Pumpkin Week!


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8 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea! I can't wait to have little goblins to make this for!!

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    1. Thanks Liz. You could make it with leaf cutouts for the big goblins in your life.

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  2. So cute! I have never made a pumpkin into a bowl to eat out of. I love to use them as flower vases!!

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    1. This was a fun little project and would be fun for you and Harley to do together.

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  3. What a fun idea!! My little goblin would definitely think he was special if he had one!

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  4. These are so clever and festive. Love!

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    1. Thanks Lora, they were fun to make and delicious to eat.

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