Posts tagged: Sour Cream

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.

 

 

Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek Yogurt

By , February 8, 2013

MashedPotatoes 300x226 Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek YogurtSubmitted by Kay A.

I make Greek yogurt at home every week for our family, so I always have it on hand to use in cooking to replace sour cream, cream cheese or butter. It is high in protein and the whey from making Greek yogurt can be used in pancakes and homemade bread.

Here is a healthy and tasty mashed potato recipe. If you like sour cream on your baked potato, you will like this recipe. Although the Instant Pot does not save a lot of time in this recipe, what I absolutely love about the Instant Pot is that you can throw the potatoes in without chopping them, and then walk away worry-free from the pot. There’s no boiling water or hot oven and very little cleanup. When you hear the very loud beeps, you know to head back to mash the potatoes.

Makes  3 1/2 cups of mashed potatoes. Each half cup serving is about 115 calories (without cheese garnish)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled baking potatoes (about 3 medium-sized)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Dashes of pepper (to taste)
  • grated cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

Directions

Pour 1/2 cup water in the Instant Pot, add the trivet that came with the pot, set the potatoes on top of the trivet, and put on the lid. Press the steam button, and set the time to 35 minutes. (The Instant Pot will take 5 minutes to come to pressure, and then it will cook for 35 minutes.)

When it beeps that it is finished,  do a quick release of the pressure, and remove the lid. Insert a fork in the largest potato to confirm that it is soft in the middle.  (If not, steam a few more minutes.)

Turn the Instant Pot off. Carefully remove the hot trivet (with a fork or tongs). With the potatoes still piping hot and still in the pot, add the butter, half of the skim milk, yogurt and garlic. Insert a potato masher and mash the potatoes to the consistency that your family likes. Add a little more of the skim milk until you reach the consistency that your family likes.  Notice that as you mash, the Instant Pot stainless steel insert rotates in a circle and makes it really easy to mash right in the pot! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with grated cheese (if desired).

This goes well with meatloaf and my Easy Fresh Green Beans recipe.

Enjoy.

 

Beef Barley Mushroom Stew With Sour Cream

By , September 29, 2012

Submitted by Sharon W.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 lb stew beef cut into chunks (decide how much or how little meat you want)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 cups beef broth(unsalted or low salt preferred)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig (replace with dried if necessary)
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1 T  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley

Add after pressure cooking is complete:

  • 1 cup sour cream   (allow to stand at room temperature 15 minutes before adding.)
  • 1 T chopped parsley, chopped (optional)

 Instructions:

Place all above ingredients into pressure cooker.  Alternatively, if you are not short on time, brown the beef in oil or butter together with the chopped onion before commencing pressure cooking.

Bring pot to pressure and let cook for 25 minutes on meat setting.  Let pressure drop of it’s own accord.   Remove bay leaf and thyme spring.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper accordingly. Add 3/4 cup of sour cream and mix well.

Use remaining sour cream to add a dollop on top before serving.

Speedy Texas Trail Chili

By , September 27, 2012

Submitted by Peter H.SPEEDY TEXAS TRAIL CHILE

Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 Cups favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 4 Tablespoons (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water

For Serving (optional):

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream

Instructions:

  • In the INSTANT POT pressure cooker pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onion and saute about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.
  • Add the meat and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Stir in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and 2 Tablespoons of the chili powder. Stir well. Bring to just a boil;  add the water.
  • Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the steam.  When the pressure valve drops remove the lid tilting it away from your face.
  • Just before serving stir in Tablespoons of the chili powder then let it stand 5 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.  Serve and ENJOY!!

 

 

 

Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

By , February 10, 2012

If you make baked potatoes in the conventional way, you and kids will remain hungry for 70~90 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. With Instant Pot, your baked potatoes will be ready in 25 minutes, regardless of the size.

This speed is achieved with high-pressure steaming. Steam cooks evenly; high temperature cooks fast.

Ingredients:

  • Large russet potatoes, one per serving. Russet potato is also called baking potato, rich with starch.
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream or your favorite topping.

Instructions:

  1. Brush-clean the potato thoroughly. Some people like the potato skin. Put the potato in a ceramic or steel bowl. brush cleaned potato 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  2. Put two cups of water in the inner pot
  3. Place the bowl on top of the steam rack (included in the Instant Pot package).placed in InstantPot
  4. Choose the “Steam” program with 12 minutes time, or 15 minutes if the potatoes are over a pound each.
  5. When the “Steam” program finishes, release the steam. Take the potatoes out.
  6. Poke holes on the potatoes with a fork or chopstick. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil (optional).poked hole 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  7. Put the whole potato, or split with salt and topping, on a grill for 5 minute for the crisp/dry skin effect. I use a small toast oven at toast mode. put on a baking tray 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

The inside of the baked potato retains a sweet moisturized texture.  My daughter and her friends finished the potatoes in a few gulps, and gave me a thumb-up with the verdict: “it’s good!”.cheddar-cheese-topping potatosour-cream-topping potato