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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.

 

 

Irena’s Peasant Cabbage Soup – made easy with electric pressure cooker!

By , August 17, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B. Gcabbagesoup1 300x175 Irena’s Peasant Cabbage Soup – made easy with electric pressure cooker!.

My parents came to Canada in 1948 from a war torn, impoverished country where they only cooked with the vegetables they grew and ingredients they bartered from neighbours. They made a wonderful life for my brother and I in Canada and Cabbage Soup was our weekly staple food.  Much of anything can go in it but I will present it the way we had it. They wasted nothing.  It was always served with mashed potatoes (if potatoes not cooked in it) or with rye bread from the local bakery!  My mother is now 94 and unable to cook for herself.  I now provide her with meals and thanks to the electric Instant Pot, I manage to cook a wholesome cabbage soup and many other soups for her in a very short time.  It took Mom hours to make it.

I first of all make the broth:

Ingredients:

  •  Chicken Carcass and or chicken bouillon or chicken broth

Weekly I purchase a rotisserie chicken from Costco.  We use the meat for fresh sandwiches.  When the carcass looks like it has had it, I break up the carcass, still have the wings and place it into a pot I have that goes into the pressure cooker – looks like a sieve but in pot form. I use this pot so I do not have to strain it when done.  If you do not have this pot (used to come with the stove top pressure cookers) you can just put everything into the interior pot of the pressure cooker and cover with water.

Pressure cook the carcass for 60 minutes.  When done just strain through a sieve.   You now have your broth.  Throw out the cooked carcass and bits.

If you do not have a chicken carcass to make the broth, you can use broth from a can or powdered chicken bouillon mixed in water.  At any rate I have about 8 – 10 cups as I make a large amount for our family.   I use both the carcass, covered with water and also add powdered bouillon because it has salt in it….therefore I do not add any extra salt.  It is not an exact science.  Use as much or as little broth as you like.

If you are using premade broth or bouillon in water , of course you would not be pressure cooking it at this time….no need, only if you are actually using a chicken to home make the broth with.

Rest of Ingredients:

  •  ½ of large onion diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed and diced
  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled (some like to leave the peel on), quartered lengthwise and sliced into ¼ inch slices.  If you do not eat potatoes, just leave them out….still delicious
  • 1 clean tomato from the garden – cut up
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Around 3- 4 cups Fresh cabbage – shredded – depends on size of your cabbage
  • 2 – 3 cups of drained and rinsed sauerkraut.  I use my own that I make, but I know you can purchase it anywhere in jars.  If you want the soup more or less ‘sour’ you would adjust the sauerkraut accordingly.
  • Ham or garlic sausage, or a smokie, or leftover cooked pork/chicken cut in small pieces….or no meat if you are a vegetarian.  Still tastes good.  Sometimes mom diced bacon, fried it and put it in.  Like I said, they used what they had and wasted little.
  • Carrots diced – as many as you like.

Method:

  • Put a couple of tablespoons of oil into the pressure cooker pot.
  • Press sauté function
  • When heated up, put in the onion and celery and sauté until onion is translucent and soft – to bring out the flavour.  It takes just a few minutes.
  • Then add in the garlic and sauté, but careful not to burn as it will be bitter then.
  • Put broth back into pot with the onions/celery and garlic and add all the rest of the ingredients.
  • Choose the soup cycle on the pressure cooker and cook.  When done, serve with parsley garnished on top!

Absolutely delicious, full of fibre and flavour and very easy and economical to make.  Takes no time at all!

Enjoy!