Smoked Chicken Pot Pie With Sweet Potato Crust

smoked chicken pot pieWhen the weather turns cold, there are few dishes that can warm your body as well as your soul like comfort food can. Here’s an incredible recipe that combines the savory taste of a pot pie, with the sweetness of sweet potato.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium Spanish onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoons flour
4-5 cups whole milk, heated
¾ pound cremini mushrooms, quartered and sauteed until golden brown
2 turnips, peeled, cut into medium dice, blanched and drained
2 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks (about 2-inches long by ¼-inch thick), blanched and drained
½ cup each red and white frozen pearl onions, blanched and drained
1 cup frozen peas, blanched and drained
1 chicken (about 3 lbs) roasted, smoked and shredded , optional or add 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo or 2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika to the base sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley