My boyfriend asked me to make him a chicken pot pie the other night, so I made a little individual portion. I used a beer to step up the flavors and give it that special tang. I chose a lager because I don't really cook with them that often and we thought the clean flavors and bready characteristics of Weihenstephaner Original might work with the dish.
I started out by cooking some onions, garlic, mushrooms, celery, and chicken with a bit of butter (everything cut into chunks). Then I poured in milk, evaporated milk, and some of the beer. To that I added chopped potatoes, carrots, and peas and seasoned everything with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chicken bouillon. I also included some fresh thyme. I let the vegetables finish cooking and used a little flour to thicken everything up. Then I just transferred the mixture into an oven safe bowl.
For the crust I actually used crescent rolls. I took three uncooked pieces and rolled them into a ball. I flattened out the ball of dough and covered the bowl with it, sticking it along the sides with egg wash. Worked perfectly. From there all you have to do is put it in the oven until the top is golden brown. The final result was interesting and flavorful and not at all dull. My boyfriend loved his chicken pot pie and the flavors the beer provided :)