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Potpie Party

1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen

2 cups cold whole or low-fat milk

2 tablespoons cornstarch

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1 box puff pastry dough (allow 20 to 30 minutes to thaw)

1 egg white

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the oil, onion, garlic, sweet potato and salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the adobo sauce and corn.

In a small bowl, combine the milk and cornstarch, then pour the mixture into the sweet potato pot. Leave the heat at medium-high for a few minutes to bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook until the filling starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and season with more salt to taste. Pour the filling into small ovenproof bowls, each three quarters full.

Cut a piece of puff pastry dough to fit over each bowl, with some overlap. Place the dough on the bowls and fold over the edge of the dish. Brush the dough lightly with egg white (this creates a golden crust).

Using a fork, poke a few holes in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape, and bake until the crusts are tall and deeply golden, about 15 minutes. Tip: Bake the potpies on a baking sheet lined with foil in case some of the filling bubbles over. Serves 4 as a main course.

Per serving (based on 4): 598 calories, 12 gm protein, 73 gm carbohydrates, 30 gm fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 7 gm saturated fat, 498 mg sodium, 6 gm dietary fiber

Don't want to cook? Order a belly-warming one-dish indulgence at one of these local spots:

The American Cafe. Locations in Maryland and Virginia. www.americancafe.com. This Tennessee-based chain serves a delectable chicken potpie topped with almonds and cheese ($9.49), and the jambalaya potpie has shrimp, smoked chicken, sausage, rice, peppers and scallions, spiked with Cajun spices and baked in a cream sauce ($9.99).

Bistrot du Coin. 1738 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-6969. www.bistrotducoin.com. At this bustling eatery, try the French equivalent of potpie: Bouchee a la reine features chicken and veggies baked with cream sauce in a flaky puff pastry ($9.50).

Daily Grill. Locations in the District, Maryland and Virginia. www.dailygrill.com. From Beverly Hills, that bastion of chic, sprang forth these restaurants specializing in beautifully presented comfort food. The chicken potpie comes stuffed with onions, peas, mushrooms and carrots ($13.50 at lunch, $14.95 at dinner).

Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store. 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-927-2740. This cheerful, two-year-old spot pours homemade beer, sells kitschy toys, bakes pizza in a wood-burning oven and features a huge, diverse menu. The chicken potpie is served every day at lunch and dinner ($10.95).

Trio's Fox & Hounds. 1537 17th St. NW. 202-232-6305. Can't wait for Thanksgiving? Order the turkey potpie at this neighborhood favorite -- it's a daily special Monday and Wednesday ($8.95). Christina Talcott


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