Posts tagged: High Heat

Honey and Thyme-Infused Red Wine Pot Roast

Submitted by Erin OC.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottom round roast, about 4 lbs.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 small onions, medium diced
  • 1 head garlic (about 10 to 12 cloves), lightly smashed
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 medium), cut roughly into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups medium-bodied red wine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes

Directions

    Edited based on comments (see comments below): Pressure cook all ingredients except the carrots and potatoes for 45 minutes a high pressure, quick release the pressure – then add carrots and potatoes and pressure cook for another 10 minutes, with a natural release.

    Original/Traditional directions for comparison:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season roast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large oven-safe pot over high heat for a couple minutes. Add the meat and brown well on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Remove and set aside on a plate. Lower heat to medium and sauté onions, garlic, and carrots for 5 minutes. Add the broth, wine, honey, and thyme, stir to combine, and then add the roast back to the pot.
  4. Cover pot and transfer to oven. Bake for 2 hours, turning the meat over twice. Add the potatoes to the pot and bake, uncovered, for another 30 to 45 minutes longer until both the potatoes and the meat are fork-tender.

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.

The Sautéing/Browning Function of IP-LUX60

By , February 25, 2012

Sautéing is a method of cooking food with a small amount of oil or fat at relatively high heat. Food that is sautéed is browned while preserving its texture, moisture and flavor.  A typical use of sautéing is to brown the meat before pressure cooking.

The new Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is equipped with an advanced sautéing/browning function key.  3 levels of temperature can be chosen with the “Adjust” key for best results.

  • “Normal”: ~160°C (320°F) for regular browning,
  • “More”: ~170°C (338°F) for darker browning,  and
  • “Less”: ~105°C (221°F) for light browning.

The “Sauté” function can also be used to thicken the sauce after pressure cooking, by adding starch or simply evaporating liquid. In fact, it can be used for anything related with a sauce pan, e.g warming a canned soup, reheating porridge, etc.

During sautéing, the lid needs to be opened at all time to avoid pressure building up.  If the lid is closed, the display will show a flashing “Lid”.

The procedure of using “Sauté”.

  • Press the “Sauté” function key.
  • Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”, “More” or “Less”.
  • Sauté Temperature ReachedWhen Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” and you can start sautéing/browning meat.
  • One full “Sauté” session will run for 30 minutes. You can cancel it at any time by pressing the “Cancel/Keep Warm” key and continue with a pressure cooking function.

A brief video demo of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 for browning (sautéing) in action.