Thursday, February 17, 2011

The best thing that Pressure Cookers do, are Soups!

Soups are the best,  in the Pressure Cooker and it takes more time to prepare the ingredients than to pressure them.
There is nothing better on a cold winter day than Soup! 
Over the next several weeks, I will be posting some of my favorite soups that I have adapted to the Pressure Cooker.  I'm sorry I haven't learned how you can print these recipes off.  I know it is a pain.
Left Over Soup:
This is great for all those left overs in the fridge.
1 cup cooked meat
Any kind of vegetables including garlic and onions.
1 can of tomatoes
1 1/8 cups pasta
Any kind of herbs or seasonings you want.  I love crushed red pepper flakes,
not too much, but gives the soup a hot taste
1 bay leaf
3 cups broth, any kind you like.
Pressure for 6 minutes, natural release. 

Bean and Butternut Squash Soup
1/2 lb. of any kind of meat
2 cups cook beans (anykind)
2 cups butternut squash
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
Fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried basil to taste
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped or use some dried
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth
Brown the meat and garlic in the Pressure Cooker.
Add rest of ingredients and pressure for 6 minutes. Natural release.

This next soup was adapted from a slow cooker recipe which would take 6 hours and in the Pressure Cooker 6 minutes.  See why I love the Pressure Cooker.
Turkey Minestrone Soup
1 medium size onion, chopped (Soup isn't soup unless we put in a onion)
2 small stalk celery with leaves chopped
2 small carrots or parsnips, sliced.  (I would put both in, Parsnips are sweet and give a soup a nice flavor.)
1 large red potato, diced
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small zuccchini,diced
1 cup chopped cooked turkey meat
1 tsp. dried basil or marjoram
Salt and black pepper to taste or red crushed pepper flakes.
1 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup pasta
3 cups broth, any kind
1 14.5 oz can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and broken up
Pressure 6 minutes, natural release

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Greener Eating: Cafe Rio Black Beans

I found this web site and I don't know why but the posting on these Black Beans I did before I couldn't post for some reason.  ( It couldn't be me, could it?)  So here is the recipe again.
Cafe Rio Black Beans:
1 lb dry black beans, rinsed and sorted. 
1 cup tomato sauce or juice or whatever
3 1/2 cups water
1/2 large sweet onion
2 garlice cloves, minced
1/2 T. salt
1 to 2 T. cumin
Put all ingredients in a pressure cooker.
Cook on high pressure, 60 minutes, natural release.
For me I would half this recipe and then pressure for 30 minutes.  The beans at 60 minutes were a little crunchy.  You might want to do them a little longer than 60 minutes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blueberry Breakfast Bake

I just happen to have this in the oven for breakfast, when I called to see where Ken, Nan and Mitchel were, when to my surprise they were just about to turn into our street from Wyoming.  They loved this recipe, in fact Nan took my cookbook home to copy other recipes.  The cookbook is recipes from the Bed and Breakfast's in Cedar City. We stayed at one last year when we went to the Shakespearen Festival, and I bought one of their cookbooks that was in our room.
I know this  isn't a Pressure Cooker recipe but is still yummy.
Blueberry Breakfast Bake
8 slices bread ( bought a bag of odd and ends of bread at Kneaders which I used, some white and some brown), cubed about 6 cups.
1 8 oz cream cheese, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.  I didn't have 8 ozs. but had 4, works as well.
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries.
1 1/2 cup milk
8 eggs
1 cup blueberry syrup
Grease 11x7 inch baking dish.  Layer 1/2 the bread, top with the cubes of cream cheese.  Sprinkle on the blueberries.  Then top with remaining bread.  Beat eggs and milk, pour over the bread.  I love cinnamon so I sprinkled a lot on the top after I poured the eggs and milk over the bread. Cover with foil, refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.
350 degree oven
Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 25-30 more minutes untill top is puffed and center is set.   by Garden Cottage in Cedar City.

Yes, You Can do Pasta in Your Pressure Cooker!

I read in one pressure cooker recipe book.  "You can't pressure cook pasta."  But I'm here to tell you that you can! No more waiting for water to boil.  It is so simple.  Yesterday for lunch for us and our two great-grand children, we had spaghetti and meat balls.  I put in the amount of spaghetti I thought we would need, along with about 1/3 tsp. salt, covered the spaghetti with water, besure to cover the pasta with water and stir to make sure all the pasta is not sticking to each other. Pressure cook for 3 minutes, let the pasta sit in the water for additional 3 minutes.  Let steam off and now you have cooked pasta.  You can do this with any pasta.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cooking Dry Beans in the Pressure Cooker are so easy.

I tried soaking the beans before pressuring them, but they ended up to mushy.  So this way works much better.
Black Beans:
2 cups washed dry black beans, makes 4 cups beans cooked.
Cover with water, besure the beans are covered with water.
Add 1/2 to 1 tsp salt.
Pressure for 25 minutes.  Let the pressure go down by itself.
I like to put the beans in freezer bags, and have them on hand to use in recipes.
This recipe is from the recent Pensey's catalog.  I love Pensey's spices, my daughter Karin got me hooked on their spices.  You can go to Penseys.Com for recipes and ordering their spices.
Spicy Sweet Potato Burritos
2 sweet potatoes (1 1/2 lb. or so total)  (I peel & cut them up and pressure them in the pressure cooker for 6 minutes and viola you have wonderful soft cooked sweet potatoes).
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper or 1/8 tsp red crushed pepper flakes
2 TB. lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
2 cups black beans
1 cup corn kernels
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
6 whole wheat tortillas
Optional fillings:
1/2 cup chopped olives
1 cup chopped tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Mash the sweet potatoes with the spices and the lime juice.  Stir in the beans and corn.  Add salt to taste if using.  Spoon the mixture in the tortillas along with any optional fillings you desire.  Roll up and bake for 10 minutes until heated through. 
These are really tasty.  One tortilla is enough to fill you up.
2 burritos 489 calories, Total fat 5, Carbs. 109g, Dietary Fiber 15 g.

Here's another recipe we like.
Cuban Beans and Rice:
Rice is another grain that is so easy to do in the Pressure Cooker.
Serves 6:
Put 1 cup Brown rice in Pressure Cooker with 2 cups water and 1/2 tsp salt
Pressure for 15 minutes.  Let steam off.
Put in 2 cups cooked black beans
1/2 cup onion
2 cloves of garlic or more.
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. cumin
1 bay leaf
1 can cup up tomatoes
Some cut up parsley or cilanto
1 tsp blace pepper
Pressure for 6 minuts
You can garnish to your heart's content:  Sour cream, chopped cilantro, salsa, chopped green onions, cheese, or sliced Avocado.  YUM!  327 Calories per serving with 17 Grams of Protein.

Two days ago I made Ham and White Bean Soup:  It was a lot of trial and error, but it turned out so good.
Night before:  I put the ham bone from Christmas Family Party (yes I had it in the freezer) in the Pressure cooker with about 3 cups of homemade chicken broth.  Pressured for 20 minutes and let the steam come down.  Cooled the ham bone and cut the meat off the bone.  I put the homemade chicken broth in the fridge so the fat would hardened and I could skim if off in the morning.
I went to Penseys. Com to find out spices they would use in a ham and bean soup.
One of the spices was Epazote-It is used for bean dishes, from chili to black bean salad.  Split pea soup and ham and bean soup. 1 TB per pot.  In chili use 2-3 tsps. per 2 qts. of chili.
Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cups washed dried white beans
About 4 cups chicken broth
2 cups cut up ham or less what ever you get off the ham bone.
1 cut up carrot
Of course onions and garlic, to me that's what makes a soup so good.
1 bay leaf
1/2 TB Thyme crushed leaves
1/2 TB to 1 TB Epazto-Mexico
And of course my favorite Red Pepper Crushed Flakes, just a few.
Pressure for 40 minutes and let steam come down by itself.
I tried 20 minutes and the beans weren't done, tried 10 more minutes, not quite done, but we ate the soup anyway because we were hungry.  Afterwards I did the soup 5 more minutes and let the steam come down, and the soup was perfect.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pressure cooking is so much fun.

About a year ago, I went to a cooking class up to Ogden, Utah at, For Your Kitchen, with Chef Brad.  He used this amazing electric pressure cooker to make soup for us, and it was done in 6 minutes.  I was definitely hooked.  Since then I have been trying different recipes in my pressure cooker.  Some still need a little tweaking, but over the next few weeks I will be posting some recipes.  I won't be doing step by step with pictures.  Just the recipe.
Some advice:  I had to learn the hard way by giving my cell phone number on the internet to this place where you were to get recipes for pressure cooking.  Soon I was getting texts that wanted to give me the recipe on my cell phone, and when our telephone bill came there was a $10.64 charge, this would happen every month.
Our telephone service was nice enough to take that charge off our bill and put a block on our cell phones.  I learned my lesson the hard way.
This is the reason why (Brent) that I wanted to start a blog, to get these recipes out to all people that want to use the electric pressure cooker and need some new recipes.
My advice in buying a electric pressure cooker.  You don't need anything fancy, just one that will brown and pressure.  Some have a rice cooker, Nope you don't need that.  Some have slow cooker, Nope you don't need that.  Again one that will brown and pressure, and you are ready to go.
These recipes we do all the time in the morning:
Steel Oat Cereal
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups steel cut oats
1/2 tsp. salt.
Pressure for 6 minutes, let the steam off at once or just let the steam go down itself. I like this because I can put this to pressuring and take a shower and it's ready to eat.
Nine Grain Cereal
2 tbsp. Nine grain cereal
3 tbsp. Quinoa
3 tbsp. regular oatmeal
1/2 apple
5 dates cut up or add a few raisins
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon   1/4 tsp. cardamon
1/4 cup Almonds chopped
1 1/4 cups water
 Pressure cook for 5 minutes.  Let pressure down by itself. So good with half and half and honey.