CEimB: Tuna Pot Pies

by Joanne on October 21, 2010

Rush, rush, rush again today.  It was out of bed by 4 am and out the door with Shane.  We packed and are currently en route to Florida.   It’s a WEDDING CELEBRATIONDon’t you just LOVE weddings?!  I get to rest my weary running legs for a day but I’m really looking forward to some beautiful mornings of running in Del Ray Beach. 

Speaking of which, another quote from Runner’s World:

Desiree Davila, marathoner: 

Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be.  If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting.

Personally, I think knitting is more difficult than running but I guess that’s not the point.

CEimB:   TUNA (Chicken) Pot Pies

The recipe was suppose to be “Chicken Pot Pies” but due to my crazy schedule, there was no time for extensive grocery shopping.  We’re no sooner returning from Kansas and we’re back on the plane to Florida.  There were a few ingredients I remembered we needed for this weeks Ellie recipe, picked by Shandy of Pastry Heaven


This is the Apple Crumbles version of “Chicken” pot pies. 


TUNA Pot Pies

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 leek, bottom 4 inches only, washed well and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped 
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 12 oz can of water packed chunk light tuna
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, lima beans)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram chopped 
  • 4 Flakey Pastry Cups:  Bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Remove tops and set aside.  *I always keep these puff pastry shells on hand in the freezer. They are quick and easy to make delicious main dishes and desserts.

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  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese (Parmesan, Romano, or other)

Bake your pastry cups first and reduce the oven to 350 F.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and put the pre-baked pastry cups in the dish.

Add oil to a large sauté pan and over medium high heat cook the leeks and celery until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste and cook for 2 more minutes.

Add milk to the pan. Stir the flour into the vegetable broth until dissolved and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally! 

Add the tuna, mixed vegetables, marjoram. Spoon the mixture into the flaky pastry cups.  Reserve the rest of the tuna mixture to put under the pastry cups when you plate the dish.

Top each of the filled pastry cups with cheese and finally the top pastry crust you removed earlier.

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Place on a baking sheet and bake about 10 more minutes.


I love the flaky little pastry cup lids…


…and the filling was light, yet creamy.  Not overly flavored, but just enough to suit the pastry. DSC_5916

Hope everyone’s pies turned out absolutely wonderful.  I won’t be able to check them out for a day or so.  Please forgive.  In the meantime, Shandy – GREAT PICK!


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  • At 2010.10.21 07:03, Heather said:

    This looks fantastic! Wow!

    Have a great weekend – can’t wait to hear all about it. I love weddings!

    • At 2010.10.21 09:51, Bri said:

      Wow, that looks luscious! I love the presentation!

      • At 2010.10.21 11:29, Chaya said:

        This is absolutely inspired, using the cups. I must buy a package today.

        I like the tuna idea also. Chicken was great but tuna is a wonderful option.

        • At 2010.10.21 13:15, claudia lamascolo said:

          hi there this sounds wonderful a must try for me love it! Tuna pot pie, geesh why didnt I think of it!…Have a safe trip would be great to get together sometime, but Del Ray is the other side so have a great time !!!!

          • At 2010.10.21 15:43, Monet said:

            Wow, Joanne, these look beautiful and they sound delicious! I have a package of those shells in my parent’s fridge, and I think I’m going to make these for them when I go home to visit. Have a safe trip to Florida and enjoy a weekend of celebrating love.

            • At 2010.10.21 17:27, Marthe said:

              These look so good! Using tuna instead of chicken is a great idea!

              • At 2010.10.21 19:58, Karen said:

                I love this idea…a great twist on a classic chicken dish. And the puff pastry shells are such a time saver! This just screams comfort food to me. Yum!

                • At 2010.10.21 20:24, Liz said:

                  I saw several posts on the Food Network site recommending puff pastry over the phyllo dough, but having never worked with either, I decided to stick with the phyllo. Seeing the pictures of your beautiful pastry makes me wish I had tried that instead! We were very happy with our pot pies, but the phyllo didn’t hold up to the filling well at all. I would have considered omitting it completely, but now I know I will try this next time instead 🙂

                  Hope you have a great trip!

                  • At 2010.10.22 11:04, Hannah said:

                    I must say, this is one of the most elegant pot pies I’ve ever seen- Nicely plated and photographed!

                    • At 2010.10.22 11:30, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                      Awesome job on the pies! Hope you have tons of fun in Florida!

                      • At 2010.10.22 11:52, The Rookie Baker said:

                        Wow, yours looks delicious! After looking at your post and several others, I wish I would have used puff pastry instead of the phyllo. Definitely trying that next time! Enjoy your trip!

                        • At 2010.10.23 15:50, Sophie said:

                          What a stunning & very stylish dish!! Looks incrdibly tasty & inviting too!

                          • At 2010.10.24 20:53, Kayte said:

                            These look lovely…so pretty and colorful! We liked this recipe a lot. I will make this one again.

                            • At 2010.10.28 17:58, Margaret said:

                              Great way to make these. I could not find phylo anywhere so used puff pastry. Still good.

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