The Office is one of those quotable, memorable, pop-culturable shows that we can't get enough of. So layered in the writing and character development. Nothing can "beet" it. Fans of the show need to get their hands on Beet This: An Unofficial Schrute Farms Cookbook by Sam Kaplan, Tyanni Niles, and Keith Riegert-- self-proclaimed superfans of all things The Office.
“After years of thinking about it, we finally summoned the courage to write this book—a parody and homage to Dwight Schrute and his family’s rich history as the purveyors of Schrute Farms, the most respected and storied beet farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania,” the authors wrote in the foreword. “To get started, we asked ourselves one main question: What would a family cookbook look like if the Schrute family passed recipes down from one generation to the next, and then the next? Heavy on the beets, Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, and classic German recipes, Beet This is what we imagine our favorite quirky, stoic, and self-sufficient family would have compiled over the decades.”
It’s not Schrute Farms, but here's a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe from Bell & Evans that should put a begrudging smirk on Dwight's face...
Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie
1 Cup & 1 T All-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
¼ Cup Whole Milk
1 T Unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt
2 Bone-in Split Chicken Breasts
8 Cups Chicken broth
4 Medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & large diced
3 Medium Carrots, peeled & large diced
2 Large Stalks Celery, diced
1 Medium Sweet Onion, peeled & cut into quarters
Salt & pepper, to taste
Pinch, ground turmeric
Blend egg with milk and melted butter. Add liquids to flour and salt.
Mix until combined being careful not to overmix. Using extra flour, generously sprinkle dough on both sides to avoid sticking. Roll noodle dough to about 1/8” thickness. Cut into pieces/squares approximately sized 2” by 2”. No need to be perfect.
Lay pieces onto flour dusted wax or parchment paper. Cover and set aside until needed.
NOTE: Feel free to double the noodle recipe if you prefer extra. In the event you do, increase quantity of broth to 10 cups.
In a large stock pot add chicken broth, chicken and a pinch of turmeric. Bring to a slow simmer. Cover and cook for approximately 30-40 minutes until chicken is thoroughly cooked to an internal of 170°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Remove chicken from broth and allow to cool. Once cooled, remove skin and pull meat from the bone into large pieces. To the stock pot add potatoes, carrots, celery and onion. Cook for 10 minutes uncovered at a low simmer.
Bring to a boil and slowly add noodles piece by piece. NOTE: A rapid boil is key when adding noodles, otherwise they tend to stick to one another. Once all noodles have been added, reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for approximately 20 minutes until vegetables & noodles are tender.
Uncover, add chicken and continue to cook on a low simmer for another 20 minutes.
NOTE: This recipe gets better with time
Season with salt & pepper, to taste. Add parsley as garnish.
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