Posts tagged: Inch Pieces

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.

 

 

One Pot Chinese Beef Stew

By , October 31, 2012

Submitted by Glenn R.

Prep time 12 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1-2 T oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tsps rice wine or sherry
  • 1 Tb soy sauce
  • 1 kg beef round, cubed into one inch pieces
  • 2 tsps cornstarch
  • Pinch of smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 tsp (to taste) garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup broth, preferably beef
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can of mushrooms (optional)
  • 1-2 tsps (to taste) fresh ginger chopped finely
  • 1-2 tsps cornstarch slurry if needed

Instructions.

Directions are for Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker (IP-LUX).

  • Add oil, sauté onions until just translucent.
  • Add sugar, rice wine and soy sauce and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Toss beef in dry ingredients, stir into pot and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, stir and set cover for pressure cooking.
  • Pressure cook on “Soup” for 30 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 making sure there is enough broth.
  • When meat is done, add chopped ginger, mushrooms (optional) and more salt and pepper (if needed). Add cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired taste (if needed).
  • Sauté for another minute. Serve with rice and stir fried greens or fresh cut veggies.
  • Variation, cook your favorite steamed greens along with the meat by setting a bowl on top of the steamer stand after interrupting the cooking time.

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.

Savory Swiss Steak

By , March 10, 2012

Submitted by Ruth A.W.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 1/2″ thick round steak, cut in serving size pieces
  • 1 28 oz an Dei Fratelli crushed all natural tomatoes, no salt
  • 1 6 oz can V-8
  • 1 T Worchestire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Beau Monde Seasioning
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Lawrys seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion cut in chunks
  • 4 stalks celery, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup small carrots

Instructions:

  • Brown round steak lightly on both sides Add 1 small 6 oz can V-8 to the Instant Pot cookpot, then add the steak.
  • Add celery, carrots and onion
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables.
  • Secure lid, set to seal and select Meat setting. Increase to 50 minutes and then when cycle is finished, let pressure drop automatically.