Posts tagged: Mushrooms

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!



  • 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


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… 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.



Instant Pot Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Gluten Free)

By , April 19, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

YUMMY! Use ground beef or ground chicken for this recipe. You can also have the option to add potatoes for a full meal.


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 small can drained mushrooms (I like to chop these)
  • 1 cup milk


  • Thick sliced potatoes (about 1/2 ” slices) Sea salt and dry garlic grinder


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar


Spray inner pot with non-stick spray.

Mix Meatloaf ingredients, shape into a round loaf and place inside pot, forming to fit.

I like to form meatloaf more to one side of the pot and add thick potato slices stacked up in the remaining area next to the loaf. (If you decide to add potatoes, season them now with sea salt/garlic.)

Make your meatloaf topping and add to the top of your loaf.

Close and lock Instant pot lid and make sure the Steam Release Handle is in “venting” position. Choose the Slow Cook key and adjust (using – or +) for time. Then adjust for Temperature (using the Less/Normal/More keys – Less=Low/Normal=Med/More=High)

Cooking Time:

  • LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours

Multi-Grain or Brown Fried Rice

By , March 26, 2013

Multigrain Fried Rice 300x199 Multi Grain or Brown Fried RiceSubmitted by Robin R.


  • 3 cups TOTAL of the following types of rice:
  • Brown rice OR multi-grain rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of diced ham, chicken, or pork
  • 1/4 cup of sliced scallions
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil or butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot
  2. Set pot to Multi-Grain setting
  3. When cooking cycle is complete, fluff rice and serve

Options: You may also add 1 cup of frozen peas and/or mushrooms at the end of the cooking cycle–if you add them at the beginning they will turn out mushy

NOTE: This rice is going to be a much drier/less sticky rice than most of the recipes that are posted on the website or the ones in the recipe book. It is more like what we are used to here, in our Chinese restaurants.

Easy Fresh Green Beans

By , January 31, 2013

Gbeans 300x240 Easy Fresh Green BeansSubmitted by Kay A.

My three year old granddaughter loves these green beans. I love the fact that I can throw them in the Instant Pot and walk away. In slightly over half an hour we have healthy and tasty fresh green beans that are super soft but not mushy.

Makes 4 cups, 70 calories per cup


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh stringless green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 slice nitrite free bacon
  • 4-5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper


Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir to distribute the spices. Put the lid on, push the stream button and set the time for 25 minutes. (The pot will take 8 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 25 minutes.) When beeps finished, do a quick release of pressure. Transfer the contents to a serving bowl. (Save any extra liquid for use in other recipes. My broth came from cooking chicken breasts in the Instant Pot to make enchiladas.)

These are usually a side dish. They go really well baked sweet potatoes and cornbread.