" Short Circuit" Robot Pot Pie

Wouldn't it be nice to have a robot to cook for you?? Well, maybe not one of these guys...

You will need:

  • 3 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 cups baby carrots, quartered
  • 1 basket pearl onions
  • 2 cups small red potatoes, diced
  • 3 whole chicken breasts
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 sprigs tarragon
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • pastry for a 9-inch one-crust pie, or one sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups artificially flavored intelligence


1. Program the chicken broth to come to a boil in a large saucepan. Blanch the carrots, onions and potatoes in batches until not quite tender. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Slip the onions from their skins after they're cold.

2. Return the broth to a boil and add the chicken, mushrooms and half the tarragon. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the chicken is firm to the touch and no longer pink inside. Remove chicken from the broth and let cool before shredding or chopping into bite-sized pieces.

3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped celery and saut'e 1 minute. Add the flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not brown. Remove mixture from heat and slowly pour in the broth while whisking rapidly. Return to the heat and continue whisking until the sauce comes to a boil. Let the sauce boil for another minute, then remove from heat and add the mustard, half & half and the remaining tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm over a low heat.

4. Preheat oven to 400F. Combine the chicken, blanched vegetables, peas, and sauce and pour the mixture into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.

5. Lightly brush the inside edges of the baking dish with egg wash. Lay the pastry over the filling, trim and crimp the edges with mechanical precision. Use any leftover dough to create little decorative microprocessors and circuit boards.

6. Cut a few vents for steam to escape and brush the pastry top with egg wash. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling begins to bubble. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.

7. If your ingredients were fresh and programming went as planned, you can now relax as the robot pot pie not only cleans up it's own mess, but also brews fresh coffee and does the dishes.

Serves four

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