Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pressure Cook: Steel Cut Oatmeal

This is the first time I have done a breakfast recipe in my Instant Pot (pressure cooker)!!

Read through different variations. Some recipes say to cook it for 3 min, 5 min, 10 min but all of them recommend NPR (natural pressure release) so that the contents don't spew out.

Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 cup steel cut oatmeal
3 cups water (I used 2 cups water, 1 cup cold whole milk)

Pour everything in the pot. Pressure cook for 10 min. NPR.

So how long did it actually take? From getting out my IP to pouring the ingredients to building pressure, it was about 10 minutes. Another 10 minutes for pressure cooking, followed by 15 min NPR (QR after 15 minutes only because I knew there was very little pressure left). Total time was 35 min but you do other things during that time.

The texture was PERFECT.

Sweeten and top as you like it!!


Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal
Put 1 steel cut oats, 2 cup water, 1 cup whole milk, diced apples (1 small gala apple) into the IP. Pressure cook for 10 minutes (manual HP). After NPR, stir in 1/2 tsp cinnamon with sweetener of choice. Delicious!!

You can't see the apple after it is cooked unless you look very closely but oh the flavor...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bulgogi Rice

I've been searching and searching for different dishes to serve for dinner. When you cook daily, it's easy to have the same things over and over again.

This is the easiest and tastiest recipe I've found in a long time!!! Bulgogi Rice is bulgogi meat using ground beef instead.

Bulgogi Rice
Prep Time: 2 minutes      Cook Time: 5 (?) minutes minus making rice
1 lb ground beef
3 cloves garlic (minced)

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
a little ginger chopped finely
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp black pepper

1 cup rice

green onions (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

Cook your rice separately. I put one cup jasmine rice with water in my pressure cooker (Instant Pot) for 3 min (then NPR 10 min).

In a pan, cook ground beef and garlic. Add black pepper. Cook until browned.

In a separate medium sized bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil. Pour this mixture into the pan. Mix. THAT'S IT!!! 

Get a bowl of rice, put the bulgogi ground beef over it. Top it with green onions and sesame seeds, if desire.

DELICIOUS, EASY, FAST!! What more could you ask for??
Well, I will double the recipe next time since we gobbled it up. 


Note: I usually stir fry some kind of veggies on the side to create balanced meals (mushrooms, green beans, zucchini)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pressure Cooker: Rice Pudding

This is the first dessert I made in the pressure cooker. Basically, you make rice. Then stir the other ingredients using the "Saute" mode. Easy peasy.

Rice Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes      Pressure Cook Time: 4 minutes
                                        Additional Cooking: 3 minutes
1 cup Arborio rice
1.5 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

Cook the rice by putting the Arborio rice, water, salt in the inner pot. Pressure cook on Manual mode high pressure for 4 minutes.

QR (quick release pressure). Stir in milk, cinnamon, sugar.

Using "Saute" button, stir in beaten eggs with vanilla extract. Keep stirring until everything is incorporated. Press cancel. Mix in raisins.

Rice pudding is served warm or cold. Your choice!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pressure Cooker: Chicken Congee (Porridge)

This is a keeper. It's easy and tasty. Great for when you want a soupy rice. Perfect for when you want comfort when you are sick, etc. Love this!!

Chicken Congee
Prep Time:  5 min      Pressure Cook Time: 30 min
* Note: It will take a while to get to pressure since there is more liquid in the pot.

1 cup jasmine rice
7 cups water
1 tbsp sliced ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 lb chicken (preferably bone-in but not necessary)

salt (to taste)
sesame oil (to taste)
green onions

Rinse rice. Put rice in the inner pot with ginger, garlic, and water. Place chicken on top. Close the lid and make sure your pot is on "seal". Set manual high pressure for 30 minutes. NPR.

Shred chicken and add salt/sesame oil to taste (about 1/2 tbsp). Top with green onions, etc. If you want, you can put chicken congee in bowl, then salt/sesame oil to taste.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Pressure Cooker: Unstuffed Cabbage (with Meat)

I had cabbage, ground beef, ground pork. Browsing the web to see what I should make, I came across Unstuffed Cabbage as the perfect recipe for the ingredients.

Unstuffed Cabbage w/Meat
Prep Time: 10 min      Cook Time: 5 min
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 large onion (sliced)
4 cloves garlic
26 oz diced canned tomatoes (you can use fresh also)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp vinegar
1 cabbage (chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Push the 'Saute' button and cook the ground beef and ground pork. Add the onion to cook with the meat. Add the rest of the ingredients (add the cabbage last).

On 'Manual' mode, set to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. You can quick release or wait about a half hour for natural pressure release. I wasn't in a hurry so this time I used natural release.

Open lid. Stir to mix everything well. Taste to see if you need to add any more salt/pepper.

Serve with rice.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pressure Cooker: One Pot Pasta

I sift through many, many recipes before trying any of them. Finally tried One-Pot Pasta. It was a hit. I see why people do lasagna pie in the pressure cooker. Still need to buy a pan for that to keep it together.

One Pot Pasta
Prep Time: 10 min      Cook Time: 6 min (Long time to get to pressure)
1 lb ground beef (or other meat, even veggies like mushrooms/tomatoes)
1 onion (diced or chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 box pasta
1 jar pasta sauce
1 jar water

Turn on your electric pressure cooker. Hit 'Saute' button to brown the ground beef. Add the onions. Then the garlic (for a min). Press 'Cancel'

Pour in dry pasta (any kind); I used a bigger macaroni. Pour in jar of pasta sauce. Fill the same jar with water to add. This eliminates washing a measuring cup!

Stir to mix ingredients. Close/Lock the lid. Make sure your knob is on 'Seal'. Then I was set.

When you are ready (I waited for my husband to get home), hit 'Manual' (high pressure) for half the time it takes to cook pasta. Mine said 10-12 min. I set it for 6 minutes.

It did take 20+ minutes to make it to high pressure because of the amount of liquid. After 6 minutes of high pressure, hit 'keep warm/cancel' so that you don't keep cooking it. When I turned the knob to 'vent', there was no pressure since I had it on keep warm.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Pressure Cooker: BBQ Baby Back Ribs

I made baby back ribs in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. It wasn't as fast as I thought it would be since it was BBQ Baby Back Ribs that needed NPR (Natural Pressure Release).

This is how much time it took:
13 min - to get IP to reach high pressure
25 min - IP manual high pressure
25 min - NPR
15 min - oven to finish

The result was good but not nearly as tasty as my usual oven low and slow 3 hr version.

Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs (3 lbs) 
Generously sprinkle rub (or just season with salt/pepper). Pour one cup cold water into the pot. Place the trivet in. Ribs go in. Make sure IP valve is on "sealing". Close and set it on Manual High Pressure for 25 minutes.

Natural pressure release as I have read that you don't want to do a quick release with meat. This takes about 25 minutes. Then take the ribs out to transfer to a baking dish. Brush ribs with BBQ sauce. Finish in the oven at 450F for 15 min. (*Note: Butcher cut it the wrong way..duh. That is why the pieces are small.)

1.5 hr versus 3 hr. I think I would still do "slow and low" in the oven. Will have to try different recipes that don't to finish in the oven. Or maybe 10 min NPR is okay too? Going to experiment again..