Posts tagged: Cloves Of Garlic

Mama’s Polish Red Borscht Soup

By , September 9, 2013

mamas borscht 300x224 Mama’s Polish Red Borscht SoupSubmitted by Teresa B.G.

Of course when they made soup in Poland back in the 1930’s , they would always put some meat in it if it was available…perhaps a rabbit or pigeon.  After Mama came to Canada she started to cook it meatless.  So the borscht I am used to is a vegetable borscht and I am telling you, you will not miss the meat, however, if you are so inclined to throw a pigeon in there…..or sausage or beef, sautéed, it would be great. I make this borscht with fresh vegetables from the garden available in late August and September. I do not use canned vegetables at all, but you certainly can use canned tomatoes – 14 ounce can.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 large beets , cooked in pressure cooker, peeled and diced along with the tops if you have them.3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 3-4 red potatoes, cleaned and cubed.  I use the red because they do not ‘dissolve’ into the soup, they remain intact and firm.
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • Fresh dill to taste
  • Water with beef bouillon powder dissolved in it
  • 2 cups of sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (small jar if you have to purchase one )or ½ fresh shredded cabbage and ½ sauerkraut.  Then you would use less sugar Fresh Tomatoes from your garden – about two cups cut up into ½ to 1 inch pieces.  No need to peel them, the pressure cooking dissolves the skin
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper….however the powdered bouillon has lots of salt in it so I would not add salt
  • 1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon or more sugar to taste
  • Squeeze of ketchup or half a can of tomatoe paste….ketchup is easier and not wasteful (1/4 cup) Sour cream for topping Fresh parsley for soup and for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place your beets on steaming rack into pressure cooker.  Do not cut the root off and cut tops near beet but not into beet Put in a cup and a half water into pressure cooker Close lid and pressure cook beets for about 30 minutes Remove from cooker, run beets under cold water and slip peels off and clean them up when not too hot to handle Dice the beets and cut fresh beet tops into one inch pieces..if you have beet leaves then shred them Place beets/tops/leaves into a bowl.
  • Clean pressure cooker pot…..put a tablespoon to two of oil and put on sauté.
  • When the oil is hot, sauté the onions, parsley, pepper (salt) and dill until onions translucent Now add into the pot the cut up beets /tops/leaves, carrots, potatoes , sauerkraut, tomatoes, garlic .
  • Add water/bouillon  to make as thin or thick a soup as you like. I do not like a runny soup in this case….you want the vegetables.    I add bouillon about 2/3rds …..not so vegetables are completely under water.
  • Put in the wine vinegar, sugar, and ketchup and stir.  Taste it to see if right sweet/sour consistency for you Pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally.
  • Scoop the wonderful vegetables into a bowl, top with sour cream and fresh parsley….so delicious.

This makes the maximum limit in the Instant Pot so good for a few servings or a large crowd.  Just delicious.

 

 

Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)

By , November 22, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Squash and Rice Casserole 300x225 Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)I am finally back to cooking after what felt to me a lifetime away!  We all have journeys in life – up and down – boy it felt good to get back to recipes and my Instant Pot.Notice in the photo, my elderly cat Valentina is savouring the smells coming from my latest dish.  She is hoping for a taste, however, I keep reminding her she is NOT a vegetarian!  She does like to keep a watchful eye on my cooking!As it is fall, there are plenty of harvest vegetables from your gardens and from the stores….a huge variety of pumpkins, squashes to be had!  So good for you. Here is what I tried and was delighted with:

Squash and Rice Casserole – Pressure Cooked in an InstantPot

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of oil  (do not waste your olive oil as it loses in value when heated – becomes like any other oil.  Olive oil is great cold) One large or two smaller onions peeled and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 carrots, washed and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme (this also was from my garden)
  • 6-8 white mushrooms quartered or leave out if you do not like mushrooms
  • 2 – 3 cups of vegetable stock if vegetarian – chicken broth if not .  PLEASE READ BOTTOM NOTE ABOUT RICE WATER RATIO* About 9-10 ounces of brown rice – I use California brown as it cooks fast
  • 27 ounce tin of chopped tomatoes, liquid and all Flesh of squash  – I used a smaller butternut squash and a medium sized zucchini – one of my friends substituted pumpkin and it was very good.  I peel the squash, deseed it and cut into one inch cubes Salt and pepper

 Instructions:

  • In the Instant pot I put the sauté function on medium and I heat the oil.  I sauté the onions, celery, carrots and  red pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • I now add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and heat for another minute.  Then add the mushrooms and stir for 1 minute.  Add the rice, mix it all together.  Transfer all into a crock, corningware or metal bowl – any bowl that will fit the pressure cooker with a lid or that can be covered with aluminum foil.  *Add the tomatoes and the 2-3 cups of stock for a sticky rice.  If you prefer your rice NOT to be sticky use one cup rice to 1 ¼ cups of liquid.  Take into account liquid in the can of tomatoes. Now stir in the squashes.
  • Put about an inch and a half of water into the pressure cooker. Place the bowl with all the ingredients mixed on a flat trivet into the pot. Cover the pot with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil.   Place pressure cooker lid on securely  and pressure cook on rice setting.  If you are really saavy you can leave the ingredients directly in the pressure cooker pot but you may risk burning on the bottom if the water ratio is incorrect.  I have done this…..thank God for the InstantPot Stainless steel pot…so easy to clean up if that happens.
  • It is done, colourful and delicious.

 

 

Untraditional Beef Rouladen

By , April 26, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B. G.

Untraditional Beef Rouladen 300x225 Untraditional Beef RouladenWhenever we had friends for dinner my father would attempt beef rouladen…a traditional European Recipe.  He would do it the regular way with ham, dill pickles, celery etc.  Often it was hit and miss for him…sometimes the meat would turn out too tough, he slow cooked it in the oven for a long time.  We loved it any which way. When I started to experiment with a pressure cooker I would also make the Rouladen the traditional way.  Then I started to improvise and combine and came up with a Beef Rouladen Recipe that my family just loves.  I make it in an electric pressure cooker and have not had a failed result yet!  We love it.  Quick and easy.  It takes no time at all and company thinks I slaved all day!  Here it is:

Teresa’s Untraditional Beef Rouladen – Pressure Cooked

Ingredients:

  • Standing boneless rib roast – about 2 pounds boneless.  I buy it on sale and have it frozen on hand.  I am sure other cuts of  beef can be used as well, especially in a pressure cooker
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup raisins, preferably golden but the others work as well.  Or experiment and used  dried fruit cut up….apricots or prunes
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 cup seasoned stove top stuffing
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1/4 tsp of each)
  • 2 tsps. Powdered beef bouillon (optional).  If you use the bouillon, do not use the salt.
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 – 4  carrots (depending on size and preference) peeled and cut into pieces or a cup or two of packaged ‘baby’ carrots
  • 1 cup of beef bouillon – I boil water and put a tbsp. of powdered beef bouillon into it
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or 2 tbsp fresh thyme cut up Cooking oil Fresh parsley (optional)

Method:

Cut the roast into six equal slices (about ¾ to 1 inch thickness each).  I pound these slices to ¼ or ½ inch thickness.  Truly, I do not even measure – I just pound them flatter.

Heat up your electric pressure cooker on the sauté function.

Melt ¼ cup butter, add the powdered beef bouillon and swish around a bit.

Sauté ½ cup onion, celery, garlic, raisins until onions are translucent (few minutes) and then add the stove top stuffing and the 2 tbsp (or little more) of water. Season with a little salt and pepper.  When I use the powdered bouillon, I do not use the salt.  Mix together.

Divide this above ‘stuffing’ amongst the pounded slices of beef.  Mound the stuffing at one end of each steakette and roll it up .  You may tie it with a string or skewer it with small metal skewers to keep it rolled up.

I heat the pressure cooker again, heat the oil – amount depends on how many roll ups you have – and I brown all of the rolls.

On top of the browned rolls in the pressure cooker I put in the carrots, the other ½ cup of onions, the cup of liquid beef bouillon with the 1 tbsp of tomato puree mixed into it, bay leaves, thyme and the pepper to taste.

I secure the lid and on an electric pressure cooker I use the meat setting.  If you would rather use the timed setting then it is 15 minutes.  I let the pressure naturally release.  When done I put the rolls on a plate, place the carrots on top and remove the bay leaves.  I heat the pressure cooker and I thicken the gravy by sprinkling flour over top, letting it soak in and stir.  I pour some of the gravy over the rolls and put the rest in a gravy boat for company to use.  Sprinkle everything with fresh parsley (optional).

Absolutely delicious.

I will NEVER cook it any other way…..so tender, so full of flavour.  My family begs for  my rouladen.

Braised duck with potato

By , March 30, 2012

Submitted by Angel C.

Braised duck with potato 300x225 Braised duck with potatoThis recipe can be use for other poultries. But I like to use the instant pot to do the duck because the depth of the instant pot can do the best job of keeping the oil splatter in the pot that not a single splatter shield can do. We all know how hard is to remove the oil splatter on the stove and on the wall. And duck fat and potato is a perfect match. The instant pot is the ultimate solution to a quick, easy and delicious meals.

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole duck chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato chopped into cubes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced
  • 2 green onions cut into 2 inches length
  • 4 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 4 table spoons of sugar
  • 4 table spoons of rice/sherry wine
  • 1/2 tea spoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

Directions
1. Heat up the instant pot by pressing “Saute” for 1 minute.
2. Sear the chopped duck in the instant pot with skin side down till golden brown.
3. Stir in and mix all ingredients into the instant pot, except the potato, and press “Poultry.”
4. After the poultry cycle, release pressure and open the lid. Stir in the potato cubes and press “manual” for another 5 minute.

BBQ Hawaiian Turkey Meatloaf 

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.

I have more photos and a how-to video at my Website at: http://tinyurl.com/c6cznw3

P1080332 Large 300x225 BBQ Hawaiian Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 2 – tbls. – Olive Oil – Divided
  • 1 – med Onion, (minced)
  • 3 – cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 1- Red Pepper (finely chopped or you may use Green Pepper)
  • 1 – 15oz canned diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. – Sea Salt (or Himalayan)
  • 1/2 tsp. – freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. – Parsley (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. – Paprika
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • (NOTE: Save a Pinch of Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Paprika and Cayenne to season the Bread cubes.)
  • 1 1/2 cp – whole grain Bread (Cubed)
  • 2 lbs – ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cp – dry Red Wine
  • 2 – Eggs
  • 3 1/2 tbls. – Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche
  • 1 1/2 tbls. – Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbls. – Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbls. – Ketchup
  • 3 tbls. – favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cp – crushed Pineapple (drained)

Directions:

  • In a skillet, put in 1-tbls. Olive Oil and add Garlic, Red Pepper and Onions.
  • Sauté until Onions are almost transparent.
  • Add your chopped Tomatoes and cook down until almost all of the fluid has been cooked out of it.
    Set aside to cool.
  • Next – in a skillet add 1-tbls of Olive Oil and the Bread cubes and a pinch of the Seasonings you saved back: (Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Paprika and Cayenne) to the Olive Oil. Sauté until the Bread Cubes are well toasted.
  • In a mixing bowl add your ground Turkey, Eggs,Sour Cream, Worcestershire and Soy Sauces. Mix well.
  • Add your cooled Seasoned mixture to the Turkey mixture.
  • Add your loaf into your ceramic or glass dish.
    You may use a loaf pan that will fits inside your Instant Pot.
  • Top with the mixture of Ketchup and BBQ Sauce *Sprinkle Pineapple over top the sauces.
  • Foil the top of your Turkey Meatloaf to seal it and keep it moist.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the inside pan in your Instant Pot.
  • Set in your Trivet.
  • Add in your Turkey Meatloaf atop the Trivet.
  • Set your Instant Pot to the “Meat” setting.
  • Once done, let the the Instant Pot cool down on it’s own.
    This will help set up the Meatloaf. Note: DO NOT cut it until it’s cooled at least ten minutes.
  • Slice the Meatloaf and ENJOY!

Chholey – or Chickpea Curry – Vegetarian

By , February 27, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

This is an Indian vegetarian dish so full of flavour.  A meal on its own.  We enjoy it over rice but most of all I enjoy it as a side dish accompanying beef stroganoff that I also cook in the pressure cooker.

The pressure cooker is a wonderful cooking tool which I try to use DAILY.  I think I am eating a lot healthier because of it and learning so many ways to use it. Pressure cooking has opened my eyes as to the different ethnic dishes that can be made and enjoyed…and shopping in the various ethnic stores is a treat!

Chholey

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dry chickpeas – washed and soaked overnight in boiling water covering the chick peas
  • (Sometimes I want to make it and had not soaked the chickpeas overnight so then I soak them during the day for several hours)
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes ( 796 ml) with the liquid ½ – tsp of Garam Masala – which can be bought in any Indian grocery store – inexpensive
  • 2 tablespoons heaping of Chholey Masala, MDH brand also purchased in any Indian grocery store
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste – I mash and chop up 3-4 cloves of garlic if I do not have the paste on hand
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste – again if I do not have ginger on hand I will use ginger powder to taste (1-2 tbsp)
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to taste – I only add a little as I am trying to eliminate it from my diet
  • 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice.  Adjust it according to taste.
  • Coriander leaves – washed and minced  or again just use coriander powder – a tsp or so.

Method:

  • After soaking the chickpeas overnight put your pressure cooker to heat (sauté function)  boil the chick peas in about 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes.  Skim off the frothing otherwise the pressure cooker vent may get blocked. Pour the chick peas and water into another container and put aside.
  • Heat the oil in the pressure cooker – you may add more oil if need to, becareful not to burn the spices.
  • Heat the garam masala in the oil to bring out the flavour.
  • Add diced onion and when it is transparent add the turmeric.  Cook it a bit.
  • Add the ginger and garlic, stir it a bit to cook.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook a bit.
  • Now add the 2 heaping tablespoons of chholey masala Add the presoaked chickpeas with about 2 cups of water Add salt to taste Pressure cook for about 20 – 25 minutes Let the pressure release naturally Then add the coriander leaves or powder and the lemon juice to taste.

Enjoy as a dish on its own over rice or noodles or as a side dish.

I eat it on its own for lunch.

I also have to say that when I pressure cook, I like to do the rice at the same time….I have a metal container that seals (or use another heat proof type that you can wrap with aluminum foil).

I put one cup rice and two cups water in it, seal it and place it gently on top of the chick peas in the pressure cooker, then it cooks along with the Chholey.  25 minutes is long for rice but the rice comes out the way I like it….very sticky and thick.  Perfect for the chholey.  If you like fluffy rice then cook separately or pressure cook for much shorter time.  I use brown rice mixed with white.

Curry Meatballs

By , February 21, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Meatballs– ( Gluten free if you like):

For One pound lean ground beef

  • ¼ cup medium unsweetened coconut
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh ginger or ginger powder to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) soy sauce (I use VH Soy Sauce as it is wheat free)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper Mix altogether and form into meatballs – about a tablespoon size or little bigger.

Store covered in refrigerator until needed.

Curry:

  • 2 – 4 tbsp curry powder or paste
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • (Fresh basil – optional)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce ) can stewed, diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • (1 tbsp powdered chicken bouillon – optional)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • (1 cup Whipping Cream – optional)

Heat about two tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil in the pressure cooker that has sautéing feature with AT LEAST two tablespoons of curry powder or paste.(or use a pan). I use almost double as I really like the strong curry taste. If you use more curry powder, you would need more oil. Stir constantly.

Saute for about 2 – 5 minutes.

Stir in a half onion that has been thinly sliced and two cloves of garlic crushed and saute until onion is translucent, stirring (up to 10 mins.) Be careful not to burn the garlic. If you burn the garlic it will be very bitter. I also often add lots of fresh basil as I love basil. If you need more oil then add more oil.

Stir in a 14.5 ounce can of stewed diced tomatoes. I also add about a tablespoon of powdered chicken bouillon. Remember the bouillon is salty so do not add more salt.

Now add an eight ounce can of tomato sauce, the 14 ounce can of coconut milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir together.

Now take out your meatballs from the fridge and drop them into the sauce…..do not brown or cook them before hand. Put them raw into the sauce. Do not start stirring vigorously as you may inadvertently chop up the meatballs you have so carefully made!

Put lid on the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 10 – 12 minutes. If you have a soup or stew setting on an electric pressure cooker you can use that setting.

Let the pressure naturally release.

Often I add a cup of whipping cream to the sauce after pressure cooking…yummy. I do it after because to tell you the truth I do not know if it should be in the pot while pressure cooking.
If your sauce turns out too runny for your taste, you can cook it with lid off until it cooks off, but I have not had that problem.

A great option is to put one cup of rice with two cups of water in a metal bowl…cover with aluminum foil or lid and carefully place on top of the curry sauce….pressure cook it with the curry. Instant meal! Cooking the rice at the same time in the pressure cooker was someone else’s idea…a great one!

I also play with this recipe lots….sometimes I will add peanut butter to the curry sauce or mango chutney is a great addition. Very tasty.

Instead of meatballs I often use chicken breasts cut into pieces….marinate the chicken in the oil and curry power/paste first. Then sauté it before putting in the onion and garlic.

Sometimes I will use shrimp. I clean the shrimp and sauté it in butter then add it to the pressure cooked sauce at the very end. I only sauté the shrimp enough to change it to pink in the pan. If you sauté longer than that you will make the shrimp very tough.

Great Tasting curry!

Hyper Curry in a Hurry

By , February 11, 2012

Recipe submitted by Eliot.

I love my Instant pot, and have talked about it to all my friends. Amazing cooking tool for busy students!

This recipe has served me well and is always a hit with guests. It’s flexible delicious and quick to make Thai tasting curry. All you need is the instant pot.

Take your curry to another dimension!

HyperCurry 320x263 Hyper Curry in a HurryHyper Curry:

You will need:

  • 1 tbsb Yellow curry paste: (Green = Hot. Red = medium, Yellow = mild)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (match the meat option)
  • 3 tbsb of fish sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lime leaves (whole)
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1 piece of ginger (thumb sized)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can Coconut Milk

Meat Options: Chicken or pork or beef, or tofu)

Extra options: (bamboo shoots, root veggies, squash, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, peanuts, galangal, cilantro, green onions, tofu, shrimp)

Directions:

Add:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Selected Meat
  • 1 tbs curry paste.
  • fish sauce (or liht soy sauce)
  • garlic (rough chop)
  • lime leaves
  • lemon grass stalk (cut in half lengthwise) ginger (whole) carrot (pieces) large onion (pieces) large potato (Pieces) (Dried mushrooms, if you like) Close and lock Cook at pressure for 15-20 Release pressure While liquid is still hot, Add:
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Personalized options (I like bamboo shoots, green onions, cilantro, shrimp) Add curry paste + fish sauce to taste.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with rice or noodles.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice + drizzle some coconut milk over the finished plate.

Good luck!

Rack of Lamb Casserole

By , October 6, 2010

Rack of Lamb Casserole Rack of Lamb Casserole
For 6-8 Servings:

1 pound rack of lamb
1 pound of baby potatoes
2 carrots
1 large onion
2 stalks of celery
2 medium size tomatoes
2 cups of chicken stock
3-4 large cloves of garlic
1-2 teaspoons of salt depending on the salt content of the chicken stock
2 teaspoon of cumin powder
2 teaspoon of Paprika
A pinch of dried rosemary
A pinch of dried oregano leaves
2 table spoons of ketchup
3 table spoons of sherry or red wine
A splash of beer if you have one in hand

Wash all vegetables, and cut potatoes and carrots into 1 inch cubes. Dice the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Cut the rack of lamb to two halves. Put everything, I mean everything, in the cooking pot and mix well. Put the cooking pot in the Instant Pot base. Close the lid to Close position as you see flashes of “- – -“ on the LED display panel. Press the Stew/Meat button, and 35 (minutes cooking time) is shown on the LED. After about 10 seconds, you hear a beep and the LED display shows the running circle indicating the cooking process has started.

All you need to do from this point is to have a drink of your beer, sit back and relax, until you hear 3 beeps indicating the food is cooked. Wait for a few minutes until the Instant Pot cools down and you can safely or comfortably release the remaining pressure by turning the pressure release handle to the “Vent” position. Need to wait for a little longer if there is still jets of steam coming out when you try to turn the pressure release to the “Vent” position. You may open the lid once there is no pressure inside. Serve over rice or multigrain rice.