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The Hirshon Russian Chicken Pot Pie - Курник

The Hirshon Russian Chicken Pot Pie – Курник

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  • Pastry:
  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
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  • Blinis:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Butter or Lard for frying
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  • Chicken Filling:
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large leek, white part only, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and dirt rinsed out from the layers, then chopped (TFD change, use another 1/2 large yellow onion to be traditional)
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
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  • Mushroom filling:
  • 1 lb fresh brown mushrooms
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup Madeira
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. butter
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  • Rice filling:
  • 2 cups uncooked rice, boiled in 4 cups of water until tender, mixed with: 2 tbsp. fresh chopped tarragon, 1 tbsp. fresh chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup butter
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  • White Sauce:
  • Mushroom soaking liquid
  • Chicken poaching liquid
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
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  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg yolk (+2 tbsp milk)


  1. Pastry: Cream the butter and cream cheese in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle. Add the dry ingredients. Form into 2 disks and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Blinis: To make the blinis: In a blender, combine all ingredients (except butter or lard) and blend until smooth.
  3. In a crepe pan over medium heat, melt 1 teaspoon of the butter or lard to coat the pan evenly. Lift the pan at a slight angle and pour 2 tablespoons of the batter into the center, tilting the pan to spread the batter to the edges.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and cook until the blini is golden underneath, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the blini over and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat to make 6-8 crepes.
  5. Mushroom Filling: Rinse the dried mushrooms then submerge them in the Madeira, topped up with 1 cup of hot water. Let stand for at least 20 minutes. Strain the juice through a paper towel and reserve the liquid.
  6. Sauté the fresh mushrooms in 1 tbsp. of butter and a good glug of Madeira until they leach their liquid and re-absorb it. Add a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp. heavy cream. Toss with the reconstituted dried mushrooms.
  7. Chicken Filling: Sauté the chopped onions, garlic, carrots, and celery in olive oil until soft. Set aside. Bring the white wine, plus 2 cups of water, one celery rib and parsley to a simmer, then poach the chicken breasts for 9 to 11 minutes. Reserve the liquid.
  8. Place the chicken inside the standing mixer with the paddle attachment and process on medium to shred the chicken. Combine the chicken with the onions/carrot mixture and toss with tarragon.
  9. Make a white sauce with the combined poaching and mushroom liquids, adding heavy cream and a pinch of cayenne pepper to finish. Toss with the chicken mixture.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Separate the pastry for the pie into two unequal parts and leave a piece the size of an egg separately. Roll the largest piece out to a thickness of 5-8 mm (¼”), place a blini in the middle and spread half of the rice filling on top. Cover with a pancake and spread with the chicken filling. Cover it with another pancake and repeat the layers separating them with blinis.Insert the hard-boiled eggs, yolk side up in a decorative pattern on the top.
  11. Cover the pie with the second half of the dough having rolled it out and pinch the edges. Make a hole in the top.
  12. From ⅔ of the remaining dough, make a ball and cover the hole with it. Roll the final piece of dough thinly and cut out pastry decorations. Stick these to the pie using a mixture of the egg yolk beaten with milk. Cut a slit in the top to let steam escape.
  13. Brush with remaining egg wash (make more if needed). Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and continue until the crust is golden brown. Let stand for 20 minutes then serve.
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