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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Chicken, Fresh Asparagus & Mushroom Pie

Submitted by Andrea Grassby Valentini

This recipe was always a big hit on Sundays in the campaign offices when I was an organizer. Serving this hearty and delicious dish for lunch made sure the weary candidate would show up for another day of canvassing and kept the volunteers from starving.

1¼ cup cubed cooked chicken
¾  cup cooked fresh asparagus (the tips are most tender!)
½  cup sautéed fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp. crushed garlic
3 strips of bacon, cooked very well and crumbled up
½  cup shredded medium Cheddar cheese (or your firm cheese of choice)
3 large eggs
1 cup light cream
2 tsps. flour
½  tsp. salt
¼  tsp. Freshly ground white pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste (if desired)
Small handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Arrange asparagus and mushrooms in the bottom of pie shell, then top with the chicken, bacon, garlic and cheese.

In a bowl, beat eggs well then stir in the cream, flour and seasonings (except for the paprika). Pour the mixture into the shell and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 375ºF for 45-50 minutes. Poke a knife into the center of the pie; if it comes out clean, it’s done!
Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. This pie should yield about 5-6 generous servings.
Bon Appétit!

Andrea is a life long leftist activist and a former campaign organizer of both provincial and federal NDP campaigns from the 1960's through to the 1990's. She lives in Toronto.

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