When I was growing up, my mom would make this dish that we called Potpie- sometimes with an s at the end and sometimes without. It wasn’t a chicken pot pie with a pastry crust, it was broth with these flat dumplings simmered until tender. It was one of my absolute favorite comfort foods. Depending on where you’re from, you might call this Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken and Pastry.
Since we started following a Paleo-type diet about five years ago, I have not had this potpie dish. Then one day this winter – one particularly cold and dreary day, I decided to try my hand at Paleo-fied Potpie. Low and behold, it worked!
In Paleo cooking and especially baking, subbing flours is tricky. This particular dish is kind of like baking because you are making these pastry like dumplings. They really need gluten, or something a whole lot like it, to work properly. So I started my recipe with a lot of cassava flour because it’s very stretchy – sort of like gluten. The potpies came out great in terms of texture, but the taste was not what I wanted. Cassava flour has a taste that I do not enjoy.
Thus began the real experimenting. I slowly increased the amount of almond flour and decreased the amount of cassava. Then I switched to tapioca because they work very similarly, but tapioca doesn’t have as strong of a flavor. Once I got to two cups of almond to one cup of tapioca, I was happy with the flavor and the texture. And we can now enjoy Potpie/Chicken and Dumplings/Chicken and Pastry whenever we want!
One great thing about this recipe is that it freezes beautifully. You can make the soup part and freeze that separately. Then make the dumplings, lay them flat on a baking sheet to freeze, then toss them in a freezer safe bag or container. Whenever you’re ready for a big bowl of hearty comfort, thaw that soup, bring it to a simmer and toss in the dumplings. Wait about two minutes and an amazing, warm, delicious dinner is ready!
Because this recipe might seem a tiny bit complicated from the instructions, I’ve made a video so you can see that it’s really not hard at all. And the final result is totally worth it!