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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.

 

 

Steamed Bread Pudding in the Instant Pot

By , October 8, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

TSteamed Bread Puddinghis is already such a favorite.  My husband is now convinced that he loves the Instant Pot!  I made one batch of this tonight and then had to make a second because I had none left to share with neighbors!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 c Goya Coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 c cubed stale bread
  • ½ c cranraisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Optional ingredients can be:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Macadamia nuts or other nuts such as walnuts or pecans Apple ½ of a fresh apple minced

 Instructions:

  • Put 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.  Add the steam rack.
  • Use a casserole small enough to fit into the Instant Pot, but large enough to hold the bread and liquids.  I use a casserole dish that is sloped up to 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches high.
  • Cut bread in cubes.  I like to use my homemade challah but any sweet or white bread will do.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl to combine.  Put in the cubed bread crumbs. Mix well.
  • Cover with wax paper and secure (I use silicone rubber bands that can withstand temperatures up to 600 degrees).
  •  Set Instant Pot to steam and adjust time to 15 minutes.  Let pressure drop of its own accord.
  • I usually wait an additional 15 minutes before removing the lid.  Remove the casserole dish carefully.  Remove the wax paper and whatever secured it.
  • At this point I like to put it under a low broiler flame for about 5-8 minutes just to brown the top.

 

Instant Pot Chipotle style rice at home

By , August 31, 2012

Submitted by Ezraella B.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 2 c rice
  • 2 3/4 C water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 C fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tsp salt (or to taste)

 Instructions:

  1. Rinse rice well, then put in Instant Pot.  Add bay leaves and hot water.  Set Instant Pot to rice setting.  Since you are adding hot water it takes less time to heat up.  The 10 minute setting is perfect for it.
  2. Immediately after rice is done let off the steam until you can safely remove the lid.
  3. Pour in oil, lime juice and sprinkle cilantro and salt over the rice.  Mix all together well.
  4. Serve.  This rice goes extremely well with the Instant Pot Mango Dal.

 

Note:  I freeze chopped cilantro to keep it handy anytime as this is one of our favorite rices.  If you can get it experiment with coconut oil, or grape seed oil.

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.

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.