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On the Menu: Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie


Chicken pot pie is my ultimate comfort food. It is one of those foods I have eaten my entire life and never seem to get sick of or grow out of. When I was younger I used to love chicken pot pie that was topped with big fluffy biscuits – not homemade biscuits but the kind that comes in a tube – you know the Pillsbury Grand biscuits? Amazing. This chicken pot pie is slightly more elevated but just as good, I promise.


Instead of a biscuit topping this recipe calls for a filo dough topping. Filo is a dough that is made up of very thin layers and is usually used for making pastries like baklava. In this recipe the filo is layered together with melted butter and placed on top of the pot pie filling. The result is a crispy and crunchy topping that goes together perfectly with a hearty pot pie filling.


I baked my pot pies in mini cocottes, but a Dutch oven would work just as well. Make sure to let your Dutch oven cool slightly before placing the filo topping. Also, feel free to swap the filo dough topping with puffed pastry or even those good old-fashioned Grands biscuits, either way this pot pie will be delicious.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie


Chicken Pot Pie


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


7 Tbs. unsalted butter

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour

¼ cup dry white wine

2 Tbs. chicken demi-glace

1 quart chicken stock

1 yellow onion, diced

3 celery stalks, sliced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

½ lb small red potatoes cut into 1⁄2-inch dice

1 ½ lbs cooked chicken, cubed

1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 box filo dough, thawed if frozen

melted butter

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste


Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Preheat oven to 375F.


2.) In a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture smells fragrant and turns light brown, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the white wine and demi-glace. Slowly add the chicken stock, whisking until smooth, and bring to a boil. Add the onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, chicken, thyme, bay leaf and a large pinch of salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Divide filling among 8 cocottes or allow the filling to cool in the Dutch oven.


3.) To assemble the pot pie gently unroll the filo. Cut the filo in half and use remaining filo for another use or re-freeze.


4.) If using cocottes, cut squares large enough to cover the tops of the cocottes. Brush melted butter in between each layer, using about 10 – 15 squares per cocotte. If using Dutch oven, do not cut into squares, instead brush filo dough layers with melted butter and place on Dutch oven fanning out layers to cover the entire top of dutch oven. Trim filo if necessary.


5.) In a small bowl whisk egg and 1 tsp. water. Brush the filo with the egg wash, sprinkle with sea salt and cut a small hole in top of filo to let steam escape.


6.) Bake chicken pot pie until the filo is crisp and browned all over, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool about 10 minutes before serving.


7.) Serves 8.


TIP: This is a great make ahead recipe. You can make the filling up to 2 days before and store in the refrigerator or freeze for up 2 weeks but defrost before using.   When ready to eat top the filling with filo dough, bake and enjoy!


Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street



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On the Menu: Apple & Blackberry Crisp

Apple & Blackberry Crisp

Since we are officially in fall (although you wouldn’t know it here in the Bay Area with this brutal heat wave we are experiencing right now) it is time to start eating apples! I love apple desserts but sometimes I feel like they are a little one color, especially apple pies and crisps. Berries are still floating around the market and I thought apples and blackberries could be the perfect combo – a little tartness from the blackberries to balance the sweetness from the apples, not to mention the gorgeous red color that the crisp turns when baked. Top the apple-blackberry mixture with a crisp topping that is made with oat flour, toasted hazelnuts and butter and a delicious and gorgeous apple dessert it born.


There are a couple reasons this recipe is one of my favorites. I love recipes that work better gluten-free. I find that by using different types of flours that are naturally gluten-free you can actually make recipes taste better. This crisp is the perfect example. I swapped out regular all-purpose flour for gluten-free oat flour – I like even better. The oat flour adds a hint of nuttiness to this crisp that makes me forget the need for regular all-purpose flour. I’m not saying it is healthy, I wish it was because I am pretty sure I could eat the entire crisp myself, but I am saying it is one delicious gluten-free dessert.


I also love this recipe because it makes a lot of crisp topping – in my opinion that is the best part of a crisp. Apples and blackberries are great and all, but give me that crispy buttery hazelnut goodness any day of the year. Am I right? If you like a crisp that has a lighter amount of crisp topping, just halve the crisp recipe or save it in your freezer in an airtight container until you bake your next crisp.


Lastly, I love this recipe because you do not need any special equipment to make the crisp other than two bowls, an oven and your hands, which makes clean up the easiest darn thing ever.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Apple & Blackberry Crisp

Apple & Blackberry Crisp

Ingredients| Sacramento Street


3 lbs apples peeled and cut into 1” cubes

1 pint blackberries

1 tsp orange zest

1 tsp. lemon zest

juice of 1 lemon

½ cup brown sugar

3 Tbs. corn starch

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg



1 cup oat flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 ½ sticks butter

½ cup oats (make sure they are gluten–free if you want this to be a gluten-free recipe)
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

pinch of salt

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Pre-heat an oven to 350F. Butter a large baking dish (approximately 8 x 8 ).


2.) In a large bowl, combine the apples, blackberries, orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir well to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish.


3.) In another bowl combine the oat flour, brown sugar, butter, oats, hazelnuts and large pinch of salt. Using your hands mix well making sure the butter is incorporated.


4.) Spread the topping over the apple and blackberry mixture and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until the apples are tender and the fruit juices in the crisp are bubbling around the edges. Cover with foil if the crisp topping becomes too dark.


5.) Transfer the baking dish to a wire rack and cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with a large scoop of ice cream or crème fraiche.

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street



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On the Menu: Summertime Pasta

Summertime Pasta

I have been dreaming of pasta these days. Having just come back from Italy where I proved to myself I could eat pasta everyday and all day – I can’t help myself. Instead of hearty pasta with meat sauce I have been craving easy one-dish pastas that take advantage of the simple summer season and all of its fresh flavors. This summertime pasta is just that – a bowl of pasta goodness that is filled with garlic, tomatoes, basil and of course, Parmesan cheese.


I used to think that pasta needed a big heavy sauce to go with it. Something like a Bolognese or marinara (which are delicious don’t get me wrong) but after sampling pasta dishes all over Italy, I much prefer a simple flavorful pan sauce. Plus they are way easier to make.


This pasta’s pan sauce gets its flavors from sautéing shallots and garlic, then deglazing the pan with a little wine. By adding in cheese, butter and lemon zest, you have a delicious sauce that will highlight the pasta and the blistered tomatoes that top the dish. Make sure to add enough salt – the right amount of salt will take this dish from tasty to perfection.


Cheers to the last week of “unofficial” summer! ~ Amanda

Summertime Pasta

Summertime Pasta

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 cup cherry tomatoes

3 Tbs. olive oil

1 lb pasta, such as spaghetti or fettuccine

2 shallot, thinly sliced

3 gloves garlic, minced

2/3 cup white wine

2 Tbs. butter

2 tsp. lemon zest

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving

2 Tbs. basil or mint, julienned

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes, optional

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to the label instructions until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining and set aside (tossing with a little olive oil if needed to prevent sticking.)


2.) Warm 2 Tbs. olive oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have started to wilt and blister about 5 minutes. Remove tomatoes and their juices from pan and set aside.


3.) In the same pot, warm remaining olive oil over medium high heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook for about 1 minute until shallot is translucent. Carefully deglaze the pan with white wine and continue cooking until the wine is reduced halfway, about 2 minutes. Add a large pinch of salt and turn the heat to low. Add lemon zest, butter, and cheese and stir until butter is melted. Add pasta and coat with pan sauce, adding reserved pasta water as needed to loosen the sauce. Fold in tomatoes, herbs and a large pinch of salt and pepper.


4.) Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese.

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: BLT with Basil Aioli

On the Menu - BLT


I know that most everyone knows how to make a BLT. The name says it all, right? (BLT for bacon lettuce and tomato.) But consider this a public service announcement and reminder for how delicious a BLT is. I had completely forgotten and made one for myself recently with avocado and basil aioli and fell hard for this old school delicious sandwich.


There is no need for a recipe for this food post. You all know how to make a BLT but consider spicing up this tried and true sandwich with some different toppings and ingredients. I added avocado onto my BLT because, well avocado makes everything taste better. I also made some basil aioli which added a bright freshness to the sandwich. For your future BLTs consider adding anything and everything. Today I am sharing my easy recipe for basil aioli – think of it as fancy mayonnaise that goes well with everything from a BLT to grilled salmon to sweet potato fries.


I am already dreaming of my next BLT – I think I am going to switch out the fresh tomato in my sandwich for a fried green tomato and top the BLT with some creole aioli. Excuse me while I go make it.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


On the Menu - BLT


Basil Aioli

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 handful fresh basil

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp lemon juice

pinch of salt.

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) In a blender or small food processor, combine the basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt. Pulse until well combined.


Note: Makes about 1 cup and keeps well in the refrigerator for about 1 week.


Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: Honey Roasted Figs

Honey Roasted Figs | Sacramento Street

The recipes I am cooking these days are simple and easy. Mostly because summer produce is in full swing and less is more when you have ripe, juicy, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. One of the most seasonal fruits are figs. Figs don’t travel well and are best eaten within a couple days of being picked. I had some extra figs floating around my kitchen so I decided to roast them with honey and top some vanilla ice cream with these delicious warm treats.


Whenever I have a fruit or vegetable I can’t eat before it is past its prime, I either pickle them or roast them. Since pickled figs didn’t sound too appealing, I decided to roast my left over figs with honey – the result is a deliciously warm caramelized treat that goes perfectly with ice cream. Come to think of it, these honey roasted figs would also go well in a breakfast bowl with greek yogurt, granola and some toasted walnuts.


If you can’t get your hands on figs, feel free to swap any seasonal ripe fruit. I love roasted strawberries and roasted peaches.


Enjoy! ~Amanda

Honey Roasted Figs | Sacramento Street

Honey Roasted Figs

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 pint ripe figs, cut in half and stems removed

2 Tbs. canola oil (or any flavorless oil)

¼ cup honey

vanilla ice cream



Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Pre-heat oven to 400F.


2.) In a large bowl, toss figs halves with canola oil. Place figs on a baking sheet. Drizzle honey over figs and place in oven. Roast figs for 10 -15 minutes or until figs are caramelized and slightly wilted.


3.) Serve with ice cream, chopped pistachios and mint.

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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