Guests love Beatrice Tollman’s divine Chicken Pot Pie. It’s perfection when prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Putz in Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel & Residences in London.
A Life in Food written by Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is not just a cookbook. It’s a shared journey about a life of adventure and family. And along the way, Beatrice and her husband Stanley Tollman built award-winning family-owned and run companies in the travel sector under The Travel Corporation (TTC) umbrella.
One-third travelogue, one-part hotelier wisdom, Beatrice also sprinkles in her most requested recipes featured on the menus at the Tollman’s Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
A keen chef, Bea has perfected recipes from her travels, family favorites, and her own discoveries in the kitchen. Available on Amazon, the book’s proceeds benefit several hospitals and foundations in the UK, United States, and South Africa.
Pair Chicken Pot Pie with a Glass of Wine
Guests love Mrs. Tollman’s divine Chicken Pot Pie. It’s perfection when prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Putz in Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel & Residences in Kensington, London, and paired with a glass of wine from Bouchard Finlayson in South Africa.
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Note: Measurements are by weight and direct from her book. Makes 4 generous portions.
- 1 x 1 kg fresh chicken (approx. 2 pounds)- you can use a rotisserie chicken to save cooking one.)
- 1 each onion, carrot, and celery stalk
- 50g butter
- 50g flour
- 300ml chicken stock
- 300ml milk
- 200ml double cream
- 60ml white wine
- 1 chicken stock cube
- Salt and pepper
- 150g chopped carrots (2-3 depending on size)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 20g butter
- 75g pancetta, diced
- 100g button mushrooms cut in ¼ (if tiny leave whole)
- 75g frozen pearl onions
- 100g peas
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 2 egg yolks
- Chicken: If you are using a fresh chicken, season well and drizzle with olive oil, chop the onion, carrot and celery into 3cm (1 inch) pieces and place in the bottom of a roasting pan.
- Put the chicken on top of the vegetables and add a little water to the bottom of the pan.
- Roast at 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for 1 ½ hours until golden brown, basting every half-hour, until a thermometer (inserted) reaches 165C (329F) or juices run clear.
- Let the chicken cool, then remove skin and bones and cut into 3cm (1 inch) chunks, (do the same for a rotisserie chicken).
- Sauce: To make the sauce melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon; cook for a minute before adding the chicken stock, do this in 3 stages whisking well to incorporate.
- Add the milk in the same way and then the cream and the wine.
- Whisk in the chicken cube and then season well with salt and pepper.
- Let the sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Vegetables: Place the chopped carrots in a pot of cold water with a pinch of salt, bring to a boil, cook for 5 minutes until tender, then drain.
- Heat a sauté pan, when hot add the olive oil and butter, once melted add the pancetta.
- Cook for a few minutes until starting to color, add the mushrooms and pearl onions, cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
- Combine: Add chunks of chicken to the sauce, then the rest of the ingredients, and stir well to combine.
- Taste and correct the seasoning if necessary.
- Pour the mixture into a pie dish approximately 23cm x12cm. (9”x 4.5”). *Or if you prefer you can use individual pie dishes (ramekins).
- Pastry: Roll out the puff pastry a little on a floured surface.
- Make an egg wash for the pie by adding a tablespoon of cold water to the egg yolks.
- Brush the rim of the pie dish with egg wash, then cut a 1cm (.4 inches or just under ½ inch wide) strip of pastry and place all around the edge of the dish.
- Brush eggwash onto this pastry then lay the rest of the pastry on top.
- Trim the pastry from the sides, leaving a 2cm ( .78 or just under 1 inch wide) edge on the side. Using your thumb and finger, press the pastry together to form a decorative edge or use the back of a fork pressing down to form a pattern.
- Brush the whole pie with eggwash and score in a criss-cross pattern with the back of a knife.
- Make three slits in the top of the pie top allow the steam to escape.
- Bake: Place in the center of a pre-heated 180C (350F) oven and bake until golden brown, around 30 minutes. *If you are using individual pie dishes (ramekins) cover with pastry the same way and bake for around 20 minutes.