[Collegiate Meals] Easy Pot Pie

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Pot pie is easy to make, cheap, filling and fairly easy to clean up. I made this a few weeks before going on a camping trip in Wekiva Springs. The camp sites required kayaking, so we wanted things to be as non perishable as posible as hauling ice up a river isn't entirely fun.

Step 1: Ingriedients

You'll need

1 Can of Veg All
1 Can of Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can of Kidney Beans
A few potatoes (I like extra potatoes)
A tube of biscuits (or make your own biscuit dough)
Chili Powder
Some sort of meat (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc.)


Using a dutch oven is nice - but any pot that can go in the oven is just fine. If you're cooking over a fire, you'll probably want to use a dutch oven (if you like camping, it's a solid investment).

Step 2: Throw Everything in the Pot

That is, everything except the biscuits.

I start with a little bit of butter and the potatoes (chopped up, of course). The potatoes have the longest cook time, so hitting them with a lot of heat helps kick start everything.

All all of the ingredients, then enough water to cover.

Step 3: Toping

Bring to a simmer while occasionally giving it a stir. While that's happening, preheat the oven to 350F and separate your biscuits.

When the pot has simmer for long enough (the potatoes are tender), cover the top with the biscuits and place the entire thing in the oven.

If cooking over a fire, with a dutch oven, cover with a lid and place hot coals on top.


Bake until biscuits are browned - around 25-30 minutes.

Step 4: Serving

Scoop out of the pot and into bowls.

If cooked over a fire, you may need to discard the biscuit if ashes have fallen on them. Many of years ago the bread top was simply to protect the tasty food inside from fire ashes. It was fed to dogs or other beasts of burden on the trail. If you can cover your food with a lid, this is not a problem.

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    cathylllac1D

    Reply 1 year ago

    there is. You cook it in the POT.

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    Gregbot

    7 years ago on Step 2

    SOOOOOOOOO Thank You!!!!!

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    WoundedEgo

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I wish they had a place to give a thumbs up to a comment on this site because I wanted to give a thumbs up to ac1D for saying that he thought there was going to be pot in it! LOL! HEE HEE HEE! I haven't tried this, but it sure looks good.

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    Dragon MazeCrash2108

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ..or a Pot Pie... depends on where you are from. If it was a savory cobbler it would need more of a crumble topping.

    You're both wrong. Pies have a crust, and cobblers have a non-rising topping of grains, usually made with wheat flour or milled oats. This is a clearly a Dumpling Stew.

    In the Alleghany Mountains of central Pennsylvania, "Pot Pie" is rolled dough made from flour and broth (usually ham), cut into squares, and boiled with the meat in the broth, usually with potatoes.

    wiki/Dumpling Cuisine of the United States

    That's the British name for dumplings, and definitely not a true cobbler, any more than British "biscuits" taste good covered in bacon and sawmill gravy.

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    Oscelot

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is quite tasty. I couldn't bring myself to do it plainly the first time though.. I added cinnamon, basil, fresh ground coriander, celery seed, salt, pepper.. It needs perfecting, but it was pretty good. Also, because I don't have anything that I could cook the filling in that could go into the oven, I cooked most of the filling (barely managed to fit everything but about half of the tomatoes in) in my little saucepan, and then mixed it all together and stuffed it into a 9 inch round pan.. it worked out fairly well. I have to say, I've enjoyed your collegiate meals series immensely.. thanks for another great recipe! This one is sure to become part of our collection.

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    Plasmana

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Mmm, pot pies, my dad sometimes make those pies, they are very good! 1+ vote!

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    AidanG

    10 years ago on Step 4

    Given that ashes consist primarily of salts, and were used by the pioneers as salt, unless you drop gobs and gobs of ash on the buscuits, you'll be fine. And if you do drop gobs, dust them off and you'll still be fine. Worst thing that could happen - salty. You know there's no bacteria left! Otherwise, great instructable!

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    westfw

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I've been known to mix ingredients in a steel bowl, cover them with a pre-made pie crust, and throw the whole bowl into th oven to cook. A remarkably similar technique, given that my ingredients are so different: one-pot cooking! I haven't made that in a long time; perhaps it's time...