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Ham, scalloped potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes

By , August 15, 2013

Ham scalloped potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes 300x224 Ham, scalloped potatoes and mashed sweet potatoesBy Teresa B. G.

Some people have the mistaken idea that Pressure Cooking means that the WHOLE meal must be cooked in it…..this is the case yes, in the way of stews, sauces etc.  But a pressure cooker is also a very great aid to daily cooking.  It shortens cooking time for any meal.  People like to pressure cook ribs and then put them on the BBQ.  Well, I often use my pressure cooker to speed up the process in some of my dishes.  Scalloped potatoes being one of the dishes where I shorten the time and the flavour seems to be better as well.

 

Ham, Scalloped Potatoes and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

 

This is my go to meal when I have company as it can be prepared ahead of time and also cooked in a very short time.  Everyone always loves it.  My friend just visited from BC and I made this for supper.  She did not want a different supper the next day…..she wanted to finish this and enjoyed it both times!

 

Ingredients:

  • Costco’s double cooked ham. Usually is a large ham, so I cut off a piece large/small enough to fit in my pressure cooker
  • Onions, diced. As many as you like in the amount of  scalloped potatoes  you are preparing– we like lots
  • Mushrooms: ½ to 1 cup cleaned and sliced
  • Garlic: 2 cloves mashed and diced
  • Coconut Oil: 1 – 2 tablespoons. Or use what you like.  The coconut – virgin-organic, gives the scalloped potatoes a ‘sweet’ type of taste
  • Baker Potatoes: I usually do one large potatoe per person so that I can have leftovers
  • Sweet Potatoes. As many as you like
  • Butter
  • Milk/Cream

Preparation:

The day before my company came I peeled the baker potatoes, washed them, and then sliced them in even slices with my mandolin I diced the onions, sliced the mushrooms and mashed the garlic

Heat up the pressure cooker on sauté.  I place the coconut oil in the pot, melt it, sauté the onions and the mushrooms just until onions start getting soft and then throw in the garlic for a short time – just till aroma of garlic starts wafting through.  Add a little salt to taste,  some butter, melt and then add some flour to thicken.  Pour in a cup of milk, I sometimes mix cream with the milk and stir together in pot.  It should be liquidy. Place all of this into a bowl.  Shut off pressure cooker.  It will thicken in the oven later.

Peel the baker potatoes and slice into even thickness more or less – I use a mandolin for this (Goodwill .99 cents!).  Winners or Homesense – anywhere from $ 9.00 to $ 30.00 Place up to one cup of water into InstantPot, place vegetable steamer in, place potatoes into vegetable steamer and steam for 2 minutes.  When done, release pressure.

Mix the potatoes with the onions/mushrooms/garlic/milk sauce .  The potatoes should not be swimming in the sauce but can be as some people like them very saucy, look up scalloped potatoe recipes to know how much liquid.   I just go by eye and it works every time, doesn’t much matter.  I grease a casserole or cake pan, place the potatoe mixture into the pan and distribute evenly.  You can cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake….I prepare a day in advance, or you can bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes until browned.  What you have done is just shortened the time for cooking scalloped potatoes.  The steaming is just a way to shorten the process.

The day of the meal I place the ham on a trivet in the InstantPot and pour in a cup of water.  I pressure cook the ham for 30 minutes…..it is then heated right through and just wonderful flavour.  You can let pressure naturally release or if you are ready, release it manually.  Ready to slice and serve.

I always like a sweet potatoe mash with my ham.   Peel your sweet potatoes, dice them and steam them in the InstantPot (1 cup water) for 2 minutes.  Release pressure or let it release itself, then I just mash them with a potatoe masher, add  butter, cream, and if you like salt.  Ready to serve and delicious.  You can do this ahead of time as well and just reheat it.   Serve with buns or sliced bread and a nice salad.

 

 

Spicy Roast Beef

By , September 11, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

This is one of our favorites and so easy in the Instant Pot on the slow cook setting!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs roast (I use London Broil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp minced dehydrated garlic or two cloves fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard *

Instructions:

  •  Slow cook setting  4 hours
  • Make several slits in the roast.  I like to smother the roast in the mustard then place the roast in the cooking pot. If using fresh garlic you can stuff pieces of garlic in the slits.
  • Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the mixture over the roast in the pot.
  • Put lid on securely and set slow cook on the Instant Pot to 4 to 5 hours.  I’ve found 4 hours works just fine.

 

* I use my own homemade mustard that can be found here: http://brewmaven.blogspot.com/2009/11/nut-brown-mustard.html

 

Easy Osso Bucco

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Frank R.

Ingredients: Serves: 4

  • 4 veal or lamb shanks cut to size for the pressure cooker
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 medium carrots chopped in large chunks
  • 2 stalks celery cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium to large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth (keep in mind of the size of the pressure cooker)
  • 2 lbs red potatoes (washed)
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Instructions:

Add the flour and the seasonings to a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend everything together. Rinse the shanks and dry with a paper towel. Roll each shank in the flour mix and set aside on a plate (Keep the remaining flour). Preheat a large skillet. Add the oil and bring to almost smoking. Place the shanks in the skillet and brown turning each shank to brown all sides of the shank. Once they are browned, set aside. Add the flour to the remaining oil and make a rue. Once the rue is made add the broth to loosen the rue into a sauce.

Pour ½ of the sauce on the pressure cooker and place each shank into the sauce standing upright. Fill in the gaps with the vegetables. Pour the remaining sauce over the shanks and vegetables. Seal the pressure cooker and cook for approximately 90 minutes.

Towards the end of the cooking cycle, boil the red potatoes (skin on) until tender. Mash the potatoes adding 2 TBsp of butter. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve a lamb shank on a bed of potatoes. Add a large spoon of the vegetables. Ladle on some of the sauce from the cooker over the shank, vegetables and potatoes.

Marilyn’s Wheat and Vegetable Breakfast

By , March 19, 2012

Submitted by Marilyn D.

Ingredients:

  • Soak 2 cups white wheat berries over night in lots of water
  • Combine wheat and about 6 ½ cups water in Instant Pot. (I use the soaking water and add whatever is necessary.)
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 tablespoon regular salt
  • 2 medium potatoes sliced or cubed (I don’t peel). I use my food processor to slice all the vegetables.
  • 2 cups sliced carrots (I don’t peel)
  • Saute in frying pan in 2 to 3 tablespoons oil or butter. I do not brown.
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 5 stalks celery sliced
  • 2-4 cloves smashed garlic if desired
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp thyme

Instructions:

  • Use Instant Pot multi-grain setting and cook wheat, potatoes and carrots.
  • When wheat is cooked add sauteed vegetables.
  • Can be eaten at this point or turn on slow cooker and simmer for about ½ hour to mingle flavors better.
  • I garnish with flat leaf parsley and serve as is or with plain yogurt.

This dish tastes better after it has been cooled and refrigerated. I make a pot and then eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I have also varied this recipe by cooking the wheat and then adding the potatoes and carrots on then cook the potatoes and carrots on slow cooker setting and then add the sauted onions, celery and garlic.
Everything is approximate in this recipe with the exception of the amount of wheat.