Seafood Pot Pie

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    Seafood Pot Pie

    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1 pound sea scallops, cut in half if very large
    1 large baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
    3 tablespoons butter, softened
    1/2 cup peeled and minced tart apple
    1 large carrot, minced
    1 celery rib, minced
    1 large onions, minced
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 1/2 cups chicken broth
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
    Pinch of cayenne pepper
    1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
    1 cup corn kernels
    1 small jar (3 1/2 ounces) pimiento strips
    2 tablespoons minced parsley
    Flaky Pastry

    In a medium nonreactive saucepan, bring the wine to a boil over high heat.
    Add the scallops and cook until just opaque throughout, about 1 minute.
    Drain the scallops, reserving the liquid. In another medium saucepan of
    boiling salted water, cook the potato until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes;
    drain and set aside.

    Preheat the oven to 425F. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the
    butter over moderately high heat. Add the apple, carrot, celery and onion
    and cook until the mixture softens and starts to brown, about 6 minutes.
    Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Pour in the chicken stock
    and increase the heat to high. Boil until most of the liquid has
    evaporated, about 5 minutes. Transfer the apple-vegetable mixture to a
    food processor. Puree until smooth. Return to the saucepan and stir in
    the reserved scallop liquid and the heavy cream. In a small bowl, blend
    the flour into the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to form a paste.
    Bring the scallop cream to a simmer over moderate heat. Gradually whisk in
    the butter paste. Bring to a boil, whisking until thickened and smooth.
    Reduce the heat to low, season with the salt, white pepper and cayenne and
    simmer, whisking occasionally, until there is no raw flour taste, 2 to 3
    minutes.

    In a shallow 2 quart buttered baking dish, arrange the scallops in a
    single layer; top with the shrimp and then the corn, potato and pimiento.
    Sprinkle the parsley over the top. Pour on the sauce and gently shake the
    dish to distribute evenly. Roll out one portion of the dough (see Note)
    about 1/4 inch thick, a little larger than the dimensions of the baking
    dish. Place the dough over the top of the pan and press against the
    outside rim to seal the edges. Cut at least several steam vents into the
    top. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.

    Note: The pastry recipe makes enough dough for two pot pies; use only one
    ball of dough in the above step.


    Flaky Pastry

    1 egg
    About 1/4 cup ice water
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

    In a measuring cup, lightly beat the egg. Add enough ice water to measure
    1/2 cup. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, shortening and
    butter. Turn the machine on and off quickly about 10 times, until the
    mixture is the texture of coarse meal. With the machine on, gradually pour
    in the egg and water. Process just until the dough begins to mass
    together; do not overmix. On a sheet of waxed paper, knead the dough
    briefly into a smooth ball. Divide in half and pat each into a 6 inch
    disk. Wrap separately and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


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