Tonight You Should Have African Chicken Pie

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African Chicken Pie Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 5 lb stewing or roasting hen
  • 1 large onion (peeled, quartered)
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ¼ tsp mace
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 peppercorns
  • ½ lb ham (cubed)
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup cream of wheat
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs (sliced)
  • 1 recipe puff pastry (see below)
  • 1 egg - beat with 1 tbsp water and use as coating for pastry
Directions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, place chicken, onion, allspice, cloves, mace, salt, and peppercorns.
  2. Add 3 cups of water and bring all to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until tender - one to two hours.
  4. Then place chicken on a platter to cool.
  5. Strain out spices and save 3 cups chicken stock.
  6. When chicken is cool, debone chicken and cut into 1-inch pieces and throw the skin away.
  7. Next, make the sauce as follows: add wine to chicken stock, bring to a boil and slowly add cream of wheat.
  8. Reduce heat to low, stir constantly until thickens.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together egg yolks and lemon juice.
  10. Stir 3 to 4 tbsp of sauce into yolks and then add yolk mixture to sauce.
  11. Bring to a boil for one minute.
  12. Then remove from heat.
  13. Place ½ deboned the chicken in a baking dish, scatter chopped ham on top, then place a row of egg slices.
  14. Redo above and then pour sauce over the two layers.
  15. Make top puff pastry as follows: cut ¼ lb sweet butter into two cups of flour until it is the consistency of pie dough.
  16. Add 4 to 6 tbsp water and knead into a ball. flour a board and roll out with a floured rolling pin as you would pie dough.
  17. Place on top of baking dish and pinch edges.
  18. Brush top with water and egg mixture.
  19. Bake at 400 °F for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 °F and bake for 45 minutes.

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