Side Orders: White wine sauce lifts chicken potpie into gourmet territory

Anne Braly

Potpies are an easy solution to dinner. They're an all-in-one dish that require no sides other than a fruit salad using whatever fresh fruit is available this time of year ... Mandarin oranges, pineapple and bananas, for example.

The delicious savory pies have certainly come a long way since Swanson introduced those convenient frozen pies in the 1960s. They were an answer to a working mother's dream - and kids loved them. Why, I will never know.

photo Anne Braly

Years ago, I found a recipe for chicken potpie with a white wine sauce that was without a doubt the best potpie I have ever tried. It had a grown-up taste that was so much better than the average potpie made with chicken gravy and vegetables.