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Broccoli Beef Soup with Kelp Noodles

By , January 23, 2013

Created by Dana Miller

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 pounds grass fed beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups homemade beef bone broth
  • ½ cup dry sherry
  • ¼  cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 heads broccoli, flowerets cut small and stemmed peeled and diced
  • ½ of a small savory cabbage, chiffonade
  • 2 packages Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Sriracha to taste

Directions

  1. Heat liner of the Instant Pot using the Sauté button. Add Sesame oil.
  2. Salt and pepper the meat and add to the pot. Cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the onion, carrots, celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the browned meat, garlic, ginger, broth, sherry, and coconut aminos. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli and cabbage, stir well, and replace lid. Cook an additional 20 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over the Kelp Noodles with a little Sriracha.

One Pot Sweet and Sour Spareribs

By , November 1, 2012

Submitted by Glenn R.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1 Tb oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine (or cider) vinegar
  • 1 20 oz can of pineapple
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lbs of ribs, trimmed and cut for serving.
  • Corn starch slurry

Instructions:

Directions are for Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

  • Add oil, sauté onions until just translucent.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except cornstarch slurry. Make sure spareribs are submerged in sauce. You can marinate refrigerated in the pot for several hours.
  • Pressure cook on “Stew” for 12 minutes, leave on keep warm for 3 minutes. Release pressure. Check meat for doneness and moisture. If needs more time set timer to “Stew” for a few more minutes.
  • When meat is done, remove meat to bowl and adjust seasoning (if needed). Set to sauté, when sauce starts to boil, add cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired taste and stir for one minute.
  • Serve with rice and veggies of your choice.
  • Variation, brown meat in oil on sauté before cooking. Alternately, “char” firmer meat on bbq or under broiler after pressure cooking, basting with strained sauce. Either of these are preferable if you aren’t using fish sauce.

Bahn Mi Sliders

By , September 27, 2012

SLIDERS PULLED PORK 2 Bahn Mi SlidersSubmitted by Diane H.

Ingredients: 12 Sliders

Pickled Vegetables:

  • 1/2 Pound peeled baby carrots
  • 1/2 Pound radishes (I prefer white Icicle [baby daikon] radishes, but any kind will work)
  • 1 large chunk of peeled ginger
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt

Pork:

  • 1,  1.5 – 2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Tablespoon  fish sauce (found in the asian foods aisle)
  • 2 Tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 walnut-sized piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Other Ingredients

  • 1 dozen Hawaiin Dinner rolls
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 12 lettuce leaves
  • Sriracha hot sauce to taste

Instructions:

For the pickled veggies: Cut the carrots and radishes into matchstick sized pieces.  Cut the ginger into very thin slices.  In a medium saucepan combine water, vinegar, sugar and salt.  Bring just to a boil and remove from heat.  Add carrots, radishes and ginger to hot vinegar.  Cover and allow to cool for 30 minutes before  transferring to refrigerator to chill.  Drain immediately before serving.

For the Pork: Cut the pork into two large chunks and pat dry.  Place pork in the INSTANT POT pressure cooker with remaining pork ingredients.  Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes.  Let the steam release naturally.  When the pressure valve drops, remove the lid, tilting it away from your face to allow residual steam to escape.  Test the meat for doness by prodding it with a fork , it should be easy to pull apart.

Transfer the cooked meat to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, then shred using two forks to pull apart.  Pour any liquid from the pot over the meat.

To assemble: Cut open a roll and spread both sides with a small amount of mayonnaise.    Top with a portion of pulled pork and pickled vegetables and a lettuce leaf..  Season the top bun with Sriracha if desired.   Repeat for remaining  sliders. Serve immediately.

Casablanca Chicken

By , September 15, 2012

Submitted by Darlene P.

moroccan chicken lemon olives 5 Casablanca Chicken

This recipe has wonderful flavors from Morocco.  Takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare and ten minutes in the pressure cooker.  My husband often requests this meal.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds of “boneless” Chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 tsp bouillon granules
  • 1 small can of sliced Calamata (black) Olives
  • (1 medium Lemon sliced for decoration)

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Make the White Rice in your Instant-Pot Pressure Cooker or Rice maker according to directions.  If you have both, the recipe be ready quicker
  • While the Rice is cooking:
  • Mix Cilantro, paprika, cumin, salt, tumeric, ginger and garlic in food processor.
  • Rub the cilantro mixture on both sides of chicken pieces.
  • When the rice is done, Remove the rice  from the Instant-Pot Pressure Cooker, cover and set aside.
  • Put the chicken in the Pressure Cooker.
  • Mix the water, lemon juice and bouillon and pour it over the chicken.  Toss in some black olives.
  • Instead of the normal oven baking time of 60 minutes, Cook this in your Instant-Pot for 10 minutes!
  • Serve over white or yellow rice or couscous.   Top this with a lemon twist and a fresh sprig of Cilantro.

While this cooks, heat up your favorite vegetable side dish and dinner roll. Layer rice with chicken over top, and spoon on gravy. Enjoy, you will make this one again!

Carrot Sunrise – Walking on the ‘Gourmet Side’ of pressure cooking!

By , September 7, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B.G.

Carrot Sunrise - GourmetDue to the abundance of carrots in my garden, I have been playing with ways of cooking them and presenting them so they are flavourful as well as more ‘gourmet’.  I only cook my vegetables in a pressure cooker….so much more flavour and colour.

This dish does take some time as it is done in steps and in ramekins.  However, I did want to make it fancy to serve to guests to hear them ‘ooooh and ahhhh’ so here it is:

1. Prepare your rice:

  • 1 cup rice, I used white
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of water – I mixed in powdered chicken bouillon into the water – a couple of teaspoons, but that is optional Place the rice, butter and water/bouillon into the Instant Pot bowl, secure lid.

Cook manually for 8 minutes or on rice setting.  Release pressure manually and place rice in a bowl, set aside.

2. Preparing the carrots:

  • 4 cups of diced carrots
  • 1 ½ cups water

Pour water into pressure cooker

Place carrots in steamer basket above water or in vegetable steamer on trivet, secure lid Steam it in the Instant Pot for 3 minutes, natural release, set aside

3.  Preparing the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup or more of grated cheese (cheddar or cheddar mixed with mozzarella) Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs beaten

Press sauté, Heat the butter and oil and whisk in the flour, gradually add the milk and whisk so no lumps, cook until thick (if need to add more milk, then do so), add the cheese into it to melt, add salt and pepper and put aside.  When cool, beat the sauce into the eggs.

You may do this in a saucepan, although I used the pressure cooker for all of the steps.

4.  Preparing cooked carrots:

  • The cooked carrots from step 2
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced thinly
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 ½ tbsp. white or cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Press sauté, melt the butter, mix in the cumin, paprika, garlic, cayenne, sugar and carrots and sauté for a couple of minutes….do not burn the garlic.  Add the vinegar, salt and pepper, remove from heat.

Combine the carrot mixture with the prepared thick white sauce.

5. To assemble and cook your gourmet Carrot Sunrise:

  • Grease your ramekins or custard cups – 9 – 10, depending on size of your ramekins – I spray with cooking oil Pam.
  • Place equal amounts of cooked rice into each ramekin – do not pat down.  Spoon the carrot/sauce mixture onto the rice in each ramekin.
  • Place 1 cup water in pressure cooker
  • Place custard cups/ramekins on trivet or cooking rack, I could fit three at a time.
  • Secure lid and pressure cook for 3 minutes.  Release the pressure manually.
  • Remove Custard cups/ramekins from cooker and proceed with the rest of the ramekins.
  • Let them cool down somewhat, run knife along edge and unmold onto individual plates or onto serving plate.

I also thought of perhaps doing this in an 8 inch cheesecake pan rather than individual custard cups.  I am positive it would work just as well, but I have not as yet tried it as I like the individual cups.  If I have any left over, I do not unmold them…..I heat them for lunch and eat them out of the custard cups.

Anyway, they look great and are great tasting.

For those who do not like the spices, you can leave them out…..other than salt and pepper…still good.

It would be great to have two pressure cookers to prepare this quickly.  The length of time it takes to make this dish depends on how efficient you are in the kitchen!

 

 

Instant Pot Spanish Style Brown Rice

By , August 24, 2012

Another Recipe to share with Instn Pot uses (not for te recipe contest)

By Natural Chef Dana Miller

I love to make this rice when we make tacos or enchiladas for dinner. It was inspired from one of our local Mexican Restaurants’ recipe they shared for their rice. Plus it is a great way to get your kids to eat brown rice!

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups of long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

1.    Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Add onion; sauté about 5 minutes until translucent.

2.     Add garlic, oregano and tomato paste; stir and let sauté for about 1 to 2 minutes.

3.     Add brown rice; stir to combine and let cook for another minute or so. It begins to caramelize a little bit and deepens the flavors.

4.    Add the chicken stock and sea salt. Give it a good stir to incorporate all the flavors..

5.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Manual button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

6.     Serve.

Instant Pot Mango Dal

By , June 28, 2012

Mango Dal 300x225  Instant Pot Mango DalSubmitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 4-6

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (or ½ teaspoon cumin seeds)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 4 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric
  • 2 mangos peeled and diced
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

1.     Place dal in a colander and rinse until water runs clear.

2.     Set the pressure cooker to Sauté to heat up the insert. Heat coconut oil until melted; add cumin and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion; sauté until soft and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, cayenne and sea salt and sauté for 1 minute more.

3.     Add the dal, chicken broth, and turmeric to the pot. Keep on the Sauté feature and bring to a boil; boil for about 10 minutes removing any foam that comes to the top.

4.     Add mangoes. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Beans/Chili button; adjust time so that the pressure time is 20 minutes.

5.     When done and pressure has naturally released, remove the lid; stir in lime juice and cilantro.

6.     Serve over cooked rice. (You can cook the rice at the same time if you want. Place 1 cup brown basmati rice with 1.5 cups chicken broth in a separate metal bowl sealed with either a lid or aluminum foil. Set gently on top of the dal before putting the lid on the pressure cooker.) Add Grilled chicken, if desire.

7. Chicken thighs marinated, for at least 30 minutes, in ½ cup greek yogurt with 2 teaspoons garam masala. Grilled

Arroz con Pollo

By , June 28, 2012

Submitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Marinade

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

Sofrito

  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Rice

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, with liquid
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups Spanish Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive brine

Directions

Marinade

1.     Combine olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and lime in a large non-reactive bowl or zip top bag. Add the chicken and coat evenly with the marinade. Let marinade for at least one hour up to overnight. Stir occasionally.

Sofrito

2.     Combine garlic, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, sea salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.

Rice

3.     Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Remove chicken from the marinade, save any leftovers, brown the chicken in batches for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4.    Add onion, red bell pepper, cumin and oregano. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.

5.     Stir in the sofrito and sauté another 3 minutes. Add any leftover marinade, diced tomatoes, stock, and sea salt; simmer for 2 minutes.

6.     Stir in the rice, olives and brine. Add the browned chicken pieces to the pot.

7.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

8.     Serve.

Seared Marinated Artichokes

By , June 21, 2012

Seared Marinated Artichokes 300x225 Seared Marinated ArtichokesRecipe by Natural Chef Dana Miller

Ingredients

  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions

1.     Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel knife cut off the stems about ½ inch from the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke. Trim the thorny tips of the petals with kitchen shears.

2.     Place the artichokes, bottom up, in the inner pot of the Instant Pot fitted with a steamer basket and 2 cups of water.

3.     Choose the “Steam” setting and reduce cooking time to 8 minutes.

4.     While the artichokes are steaming prepare the marinade by placing the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small jar with a lid. Shake well to incorporate all of the ingredients. Set aside.

5.     When the “Steam” cycle is complete, release the pressure and carefully remove the artichokes.

6.     Allow to cool slightly so you can handle them. Cut the artichokes in half. Remove the center cone of purple prickly leaves. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke.

7.     Drizzle the marinade over the warm artichokes. Turning to make sure to coat them well with marinade. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes to overnight.

8.     When ready to serve, sear artichokes cut side down on a grill pan or BBQ for 3 to 5 minutes

Instant Pot Cassoulet with lots of Veggies

Submitted by Dana M.

Instant Pot Cassoulet with lots of Veggies Adapted from Thomas Keller (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/thomas-kellers-slow-cooker-cassoulet.html)

Ingredients

  • 2 slices nitrate free bacon, cut crosswise into ½-inch strips
  • 2 pounds boneless pork ribs, cut into 1-inch chunks Sea Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 bunch kale or chard, chiffonad
  • 2 cup white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 fully cooked chicken garlic sausage links, sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 cups dry great northern beans, soaked overnight and drained if possible
  • 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch piece of kombu (optional: makes beans more digestible)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups herbed croutons

Directions

  • Season the pork ribs generously with salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Set pressure cooker to Sauté to heat up the insert. Add the bacon to the insert and cook until crisp on both sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Reserve the bacon fat in the insert.
  • Add half of the pork to the insert and brown on all sides, 7 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining pork.
  • Add the onions, carrot, celery, zucchini, kale and 1 teaspoon salt to the insert and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes and broth. Turn off the Sauté feature. Add the pork, sausage, beans, rosemary, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, kombu and garlic. Stir everything to combine.
  • Place the lid on the pressure and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button. When done and pressure has naturally release remove lid, skim off the fat, and remove and discard the bay leaf and piece of kombu. Adjust the seasonings with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Ladle Cassoulet into individual serving bowls, top with croutons, reserved bacon and fresh minced parsley. Serve.

InstantPot Pork Carnitas

Submitted by Dana.

Serves: 6 – 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 3 – 4 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of beer, lager is best
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Combine the ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and salt in a small bowl. Take the pork out of its netting, cut into 2 inch cubes and rub the spice mixture all over, getting into all the nooks and crannies.
  2. Using the Sauté setting on your InstantPot, melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Brown the meat on all sides in 3 – 4 batches. Remove browned pieces of meat and set aside.
  3. When all the meat has been browned add the beer and orange juice to the pot. Scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaves to the pot and place the pork pieces on top.
  4. Place lid on the InstantPot, lock into place and press the Meat/Stew button.
  5. When done, remove the roast from the pot, leaving the cooking liquid. Turn the InstantPot back to sauté and allow the cooking liquid to simmer until it has been reduced by half.
  6. Heat your Broiler Oven to High
  7. While the liquid is reducing, shred the meat with 2 forks. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. When the liquid has reduced, turn off the pot, spoon some of the reduced cooking liquid over the shredded pork. (Just enough to keep the meat from drying out too much) Broil the meat until crisp and brown.
  8. Serve on a platter with guacamole, lime wedges, salsa and a basket of hot tortillas.

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Donna B.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cubed
  • 1 small-medium onion diced very finely
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 T olive oil

Instructions:

Place olive oil, onion, garlic, and ginger in the bottom of the pressure cooker and cook on “Saute” until soft and fragrant. Add remaining ingredients, except lemon juice, and bring to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes and allow to depressurize naturally. Using an immersion blender, blend soup, add lemon juice, and serve.

Traditional Chinese Pork Belly

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Jenny W.

This is something my Grandmother always made for me as a special treat. After she passed away, I didn’t eat this for years because I couldn’t find an acceptable version – until now!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs pork belly, cut into 5in slices
  • 1/2 cup GF soy sauce (I usually use San-J)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 4 star anise
  • 1-2 teaspoons white pepper powder
  • 2 cups water (or more if needed)
  • 4-5 slices fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

Directions:
1. Heat saute pan on high heat and sear both sides of each pork belly slice (roughly 2 minutes per side).
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger and garlic and keep sauteing in the rendered fat for 5 minutes.
3. Transfer all ingredients to pressure cooker.
4. Bring up temperature of pressure cooker as directed. Cook for 30 min or so until lean meat is almost falling off with the touch of a fork.

Pressure Cooker Cassoulet

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by: Jamie B.-M.

Cassoulet is a classic provincial French dish, which can take a few days to make when one has to soak beans and cook meat to the right tenderness. The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker yields a cassoulet in under an hour!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless pork ribs, cut into 1-inch chunks Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups great northern beans (or similar)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups herbed croutons
  • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

Instructions:

Heat olive oil to medium high heat in a large skillet. Sprinkle pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown in the skillet on all sides.

Add the pork to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, then add the beans, broth, carrot, celery, onion, rosemary and garlic. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on the stew setting for 35 minutes.

Dish cassoulet into 4-6 large soup bowls, then top with equal amounts of croutons and goat cheese. Serve.

Serves 4-6.

Cabernet Short Ribs on Rosemary Fettucine Alfredo

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by: Jamie B.-M.

Ingredients:

  • 8 beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ bulb fennel, sliced
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches watercress, trimmed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups asiago cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 package fettucine

Instructions:

Sprinkle beef short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat canola oil to medium-high heat in a large skillet and add beef short ribs. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place beef short ribs in the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 Pressure Cooker and add the fennel, cabernet sauvignon and beef broth. Lock lid in place, choose the beef setting and cook for 35 minutes.

While the beef cooks: Whisk together the mustard, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl. Toss with the watercress and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low-medium heat. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Add the asiago cheese a little at a time and melt completely. Add the nutmeg and rosemary, stirring to blend. Keep this sauce on low heat until ready to use.

When beef short ribs have 15 minutes until they are done cooking, boil a large pot of salted water. Add fettucine and cook according to package directions. Strain and add to the saucepan with the sauce and stir to combine. Divide onto four dinner plates and top with equal amounts of the dressed watercress. Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and place two ribs onto the watercress on each plate. Serve.
Serves four.

Baked Beans

By , February 19, 2012

Submitted by Deborah P.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. small white beans (sometimes called Navy beans, or Northern white beans)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ground pepper
  • 4 cups of water or more as needed to cover beans
  • 2 tsp. salt (optional)

Instructions:

Soak beans over night in pot with cold water. Discard water in morning, and rinse the beans. Cover with 4 cups of fresh water, or more as needed. Cook the beans with the “Bean/Chili” at high pressure for 10 minutes to begin the softening process; skim off and discard any frothy stuff that rises to the surface. Add all of the other ingredients, top up water if necessary and pressure cook on “bean” setting for 45 minutes. The beans turn out uniformly soft and delicious. The Instant Pot will accommodate this recipe doubled which can be easily frozen in serving sizes.

I like the way the Instant Pot does the Baked Beans better than any other method. I have been doing Baked Beans for over 30 years. Originally, I did them in a casserole in the oven which took about 12 hours and required someone to top up the liquid frequently… terribly inconvenient. My next attempt was with a crock pot, which was much more convenient, but the product with both methods often had some hard beans remaining which detracted from the flavour and texture. Now, the Instant Pot produces a perfectly even product, superior in every way to the other methods; and because it requires so much less power (less than an hour) it is a more eco-friendly method as well. :-)

Sue B’s Sweet & Spicy Fat Free Red Beans

By , February 18, 2012

Submitted by Sue B.

Great with BBQ menu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag dry small red beans (10 oz)
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped fine)
  • 4 cloves garlic (smash first, then grind in coffee grinder or mince)
  • 1 large crisp apple peeled/chopped in 1 inch squares (Jonagold easter apple is good)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 10 tablespoons ketchup (w/o high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1 rounded tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 generous dash of celery salt
  • 3 tablespoons dry oregano
  • 4 generous dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 12 twists fresh black pepper
  • 2 dashes cumin powder

Instructions:

Soak beans overnight.  (15 min prep time)

Place soaked beans and the ingredients in the inner pot.

Add fresh water with 2 inches over top of beans.

Pressure cook for 45 minutes. Let it cool naturally.

Enjoy!