Curried Cock-a-Leekie Pie

SERVES: 6-8

All curry powders will vary in pungency and spiciness so pick one that suits you best, and if you’re not quite sure, add some, give the broth a taste and continue adding as you see fit! Because we’re using rotisserie chicken, you’ll want to find a high-quality chicken bone broth or stock to really drive home the chicken-y flavor of the gravy. Look in the freezer or refrigerator section of your grocery store as that's where you’re likely to find a nice quality bone broth.

Active Time: 45 Mins

Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins

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Produce

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 pound leeks (2 medium or 1 large)
  • 8 garlic cloves

Pantry

  • 4 ounces prunes (about 1 cup)
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons plus 1 ½ teaspoons medium curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ cups highest quality chicken bone broth or stock
  • ⅓ cup pearled farro or white rice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 to 10 sheets Phyllo dough (thawed)

Dairy

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons unsalted butter)
  • ⅓ cup creme fraiche

Protein

  • 12 ounces pulled rotisserie chicken

1. Do some prep:

  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Peel and chop 1 large onion. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Cut 1 pound of leeks in half lengthwise. Separate the white and light greenish parts of 1-pound leeks from the darker green parts by cutting in half. Thinly slice the white and light greenish parts. Cut the darker green parts into 1 ½” pieces. Give the leek all a really good rinse and dry to remove and grit. Add to the bowl of onions.
  • Peel and thinly slice 8 garlic cloves.
  • Pull the skin off the rotisserie chickens and discard any bones if there are some. Chop or tear the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Chop or tear 4 ounces (about 1 cup) prunes in half or in quarters, depending on how large they are. You want ¾”-ish pieces.

2. Build the filling:

  • Set a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons unsalted butter. Once melted, add the onions and leeks, and a few big pinches of salt and some pepper. Cook over medium, until very softened and beginning to turn sweet (taste!!), turning down the heat as needed if they are starting to brown, 10-14 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant and soft, 2-3 minutes longer.
  • Stir in 1 ½ tablespoons medium curry powder and 3 tablespoons flour and cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in 3½ cups chicken bone broth or stock. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. As soon as the broth simmers, add the chopped chicken, and ⅓ cup farro, and the prunes. Stir well. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and ⅓ cup creme fraiche. Taste the broth, it should be highly flavorful before it gets transferred to the baking dish–it will likely need lots of salt and more black pepper. Once seasoned to your liking, pour the contents into a 2-3 quart baking dish.

3. brush the phyllo, top, and bake:

  • In a small bowl (if using a microwave) or small saucepan (if you prefer to use the stove), melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, stir in 1½ teaspoons curry powder.
  • Open up and unfurl the phyllo sheets. Keep them covered in plastic wrap, or a very lightly damp towel to avoid them drying out and cracking.
  • Set the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet with a clean area nearby to brush each phyllo sheet. Working one at a time and keeping the phyllo covered in between, very lightly brush each phyllo sheet with some of the curry butter. Gently gather each sheet up in your hands, lightly scrunching it, and place it atop the potpie (see the final dish for a visual reference!). It's totally fine if they hang over the sides a bit. Repeat with remaining 7 or 8 phyllo sheets and butter until the whole pie is covered.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drop the oven temp to 375 and continue baking until the frilling is burbling at the edges and the top is deeply golden brown, 35-40 minutes longer.

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