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Buttermilk Biscuit Ham Potpie

As part of my job, I helped concept a bunch of food trucks, and Biscuit Box was our first. We spent months coming up with recipes. This is a play on our chicken and tarragon potpie. —Michelle Clair, Seattle, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • BUTTERMILK BISCUITS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Toss celery, onions, carrots and fennel in oil to coat. Spread in a single layer in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Roast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Cool. Reduce heat to 350°.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth; add thyme. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add roasted vegetables, ham, tarragon, salt and pepper, cooking until heated through. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • For biscuits, pulse flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a food processor until blended. Add cubed butter; pulse until butter is the size of peas. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in buttermilk until no flour is visible. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times. Roll dough into a 13x9-in. rectangle; cut into shapes of your choice.
  • Arrange biscuit pieces, overlapping slightly, over ham mixture. Bake until biscuit topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 444 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 1239mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • ms11145
    May 29, 2020

    Left out fennel because I never have that on hand. Used oregano (dried from my garden) instead of tarragon: just preference. I did sprinkle some shredded cheese over ham/vegetable mixture before adding the biscuits. We loved it.

  • Stacy
    Apr 13, 2020

    I think 4.5 stars as written. I ended up making a few changes based on my thinking and also what the other reviewers had said. These changes made the recipe better and maybe that was just my opinion. I made broth because I only had chicken base on hand and so I made 24 ounces worth because a few people said the sauce was thin. I think that was a perfect amount liquid actually. Also, I doubled the carrots and took out the fennel. I used refrigerator biscuits because I had some and wanted to use them up. I also put in only 1/4 tsp of thyme and 1 tsp of dried tarragon. The recipe was quite good and my kids even liked it. Thanks!

  • kmpatch
    Jan 7, 2018

    4.5 stars as written. I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand, and left out the fennel due to personal preference. I added a cup of thawed frozen peas with the ham to add more veggie volume. I might add some diced parsnips to the roasted vegetable mixture as a sub for the fennel next time. I will probably also simmer the sauce longer to thicken it some more. The biscuit topping is worth the effort!

  • i_like_pie
    May 10, 2017

    I agree with the other raters that the sauce is a bit too thin, but I thought that was because I left out the fennel and didn't have enough "filling" per sauce. I also thought it needs more vegetables, but the recipe is a delicious start.

  • curlylis85
    Apr 30, 2017

    My husband and I fought over who got the leftovers! You really can't beat a homemade biscuit topping. My best tip for keeping the filling a little thicker is to add the broth just a little at a time and make sure it is completely thickened before you add any more. That also makes it easy to stop adding broth if you notice that the filling is at a consistency that you like.

  • Corambo
    Apr 17, 2017

    I would give this 4.5 stars. I agree with the first comment that the sauce was a bit too thin. Either add more flour or cut back on the stock. I would also add more veggies as I like more filling. The biscuits were great. It was a time consuming recipe, not for a week night but the flavor was amazing! You could do store bought biscuits to speed it up but I am a biscuit snob and refuse those if I have a choice! This will make the cut for my spell book (a book of tried and true recipes!) and I will definitely make again.

  • Roseann
    Apr 1, 2017

    Was delicious. Took a lot of time though to do it all - cleaning and cutting up the vegetables,etc. Making the dough for the biscuits, too, took time. The only thing is the sauce was too thin I thought. You needed a bowl to serve it in. I think the next time I will add a little more flour to make the sauce thicker. (I didn't have any fennel so just skipped it) It was very good anyway.I gave it a 4 because it took a lot of time to do. Could use shortcuts by buying biscuit dough.