On Saturday, when Shannon came for a visit, I made one of my favorite Crock-Pot meals—chicken thighs on top of sliced carrots and potatoes. For spicing, I used garlic, dried thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. For a little something extra—a splash of olive oil. At noon, I set the Crock-Pot on high and then turned it to low when everything started to bubble. Around 6:00, the chicken and vegetables were cooked, and all I needed to do was make some cornbread to go with the meal.
Naturally, there were leftovers, and in our house, this is never a bad thing. Instead, it is a challenge to come up with a dish that will not only use the leftovers but will also be just as good if not better than the original meal. Because the leftovers were a little scanty, I knew I would have to add something to round them out, and to my way of thinking, biscuits are a good way of rounding out almost any meal. Biscuits on top of chicken, potatoes, carrots, and gravy definitely qualify as an old-timey meal, but that’s all right. Clif and I like old-timey meals.
When I packed away the leftover chicken, potatoes, and carrots, I also saved the broth in a separate bowl. After a night in the refrigerator, the fat rose to the top of the broth, and I skimmed off the fat. There are a couple of ways to make the gravy—with a roux of butter and flour (or that skimmed chicken fat) if you want it really rich. Or, for a less rich gravy a bit of cornstarch and water can be used. In this case, I mixed a tablespoon of cornstarch in 1/3 cup of cold water. I brought the broth to a boil, and stirring all the while, I added the cornstarch and water and let the gravy thicken for a few minutes. Then, I poured the gravy over the leftover potatoes, carrots, and chickens.
I poured the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan, made a batch of biscuits to go on top, and baked it in a 425° oven for about 25 minutes. “Pretty good,” Clif said, as he went back for seconds, and coming from a Yankee, this is high praise. In fact, Clif took so much for seconds that there probably isn’t enough left for both of us to have another meal. Never mind. Clif can have the biscuits and chicken, and I’ll have one of my favorite night-time meals—eggs and toast.
For new readers, here is a link to my mother’s biscuit recipe.
Biscuits and Chicken in Eight Photos: