Archive for the ‘Pressure Cooker’ Category
So Sunday’s in my house was a pot roast kinda day. I can remember getting up super early watching, then eventually helping, Mom make her to-die-for white bread and rolls. She’d then grab 10-15 pounds of chuck roast, throw it into her big pot along with tons of potatoes, carrots, onions and seasonings. She’d then let it cook all day long on the lowest heat. The smell was so rich and inviting that you could literally smell pot roast as you walked up our walkway. Sunday’s were always my favorite day as I loved my Mom’s pot roast. Now granted I’d scoff at eating carrots but I’d end up just mashing them up super small and adding enough butter on them that Paula Deen would be impressed with.
Now even though Mom had whole potatoes in the pot she always made her creamy (and lumpy because that was my favorite and I was Mom’s favorite – regardless of what my siblings said) mashed potatoes. The only downfall of her dish was that it was cooked low and slow ALL DAY LONG. Let’s face it, in today’s world we are ridiculously busy and free time is something we just don’t have that luxury of. Plus if you’re like me you often aren’t home for 8-10 hours straight while the oven is on. I know I’m not. It’s sad as I’m away from my house longer per day than I am in it. It’s the troubles of working really far from the office.
I’d say for the past few years I’ve really grown in my passion for pressure cooking. I conquered that fear Mom put in me that “OMG it’ll explode in your face and you’ll lose an eye” thought she ingrained my brain. One thing I hadn’t tried yet in my pressure cooker was to recreate her phenomenal pot roast recipe but without having to wait all day long for it to cook. However the day had come for me to attempt it because I was so craving it.
All the amazing flavors of Mom’s classic pot roast without having to wait all day for it to slow cook!
Oh pressure cooker let me give thanks to you for not letting us starve during this kitchen remodel. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without you. You’ve kept me sane, fed and most importantly gave me some really cool topics of conversation. I mean how many people prep food in their bedroom? Yes I actually have a pressure cooker and hot plate in my bedroom right now. I have a card table set up to do all of my prep work and a huge plastic tub I put all of the dirty stuff in that I then lug out to the pool house when the dishes need washed.
I had every intention of calling this dish “Bedroom Thighs” but I decided against it as lord only know what kind of search my recipe would end up in. Again I love kitchen and food porn buuuuuuuuuuuut yeah, ‘bedroom porn’ is not something this blog is about.
And before you see this recipe and go “Aw man, there she goes again with another pressure cooker recipe. What am I supposed to do if I don’t own one?” Fear not loved family – read the notes section of this recipe as I also tell you how you can bake these! So now you have no excuse not to make this!
Chicken thighs are one of those indulgences for me as I don’t buy them often. They taste amazing but then they should, dark meat always has a better richer taste but that also means they are higher in fat and calories. So for me, these are deemed a ‘cheat’ meal. It’s funny though as they are ridiculously cheap here. What are they in your area? Like my butcher typically sells the boneless, skinless ones for 49 cents a pound! I know, right?! That’s insane! So I’ll buy up a big batch of them, portion them out and freeze them.
Thighs add a great depth of flavor to soup, stews and chicken salad!
For years rice was something I just simply hated. Mom only ever made the white stuff which always, ALWAYS was either chewy or gummy and BLAND. So I hated it. Yes I tried adding salt, pepper and even butter to hers but that was just one thing she simply couldn’t master – kinda like me with a true New York cheesecake. I can make absolutely beautiful ones but the taste – nope, not right. Even when I use Mama Fantabulous’ recipe for hers which is heavenly (and she’s from New York as well), I just fail at it every single time. Anyway about 15 years ago or so I made brown rice and OMG it was incredible. I mean so flavorful and just perfect. Now the trick to making amazing flavored rice I’ll share in a bit but after that day I decided to explore more with various types of rice. Anyway I always made my rice on the stove but I found as I started to get into wild grains and so forth that it took upwards of an hour to make. I don’t have time for that! The box says ‘minute’ so it should take a few minutes… not an hour. LOL But then along came my dear friend, the Pressure Cooker!!! I mean why not, right?!
Out came my pressure cooker and in went the first batch…
You’ll never make rice any other way once you make it in a pressure cooker!
Oh Pressure Cooker how I love thee!!! With us being under major house remodeling and my solace, the kitchen, being completely gutted I’ve been pushed to be seriously creative in how I can make real meals (sorry but one can only live on cereal, peanut butter and jello or go out to eat so much). Now using a pressure cooker is old news now for me ever since I took the plunge 2 years ago and purchased my first pressure cooker. That first dish I cooked in it revolutionized the way I cook and the way I preached about it over and over (and over) to you guys. Now look at it! It’s now the hottest thing out there kitchen-porn wise. So today I’m sharing with you 2 things I love – my pressure cooker and beef short ribs. While I have some amazing recipes on here for short ribs, if you are oven-less like I am, you can still make them. So sit back and drool over these Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Potatoes and Carrots!
Now what’s sad, and kinda funny in an ironic and I’m gonna kill you darling husband if you don’t get that damn kitchen done soon, is when I made this, I literally had to do all of this in a make shift stand in my master bedroom. No, for real — I made this entire dish IN MY BEDROOM! I don’t know if that’s kinky or not but… hey wait a minute. Do you think that’s how it got the name “Food Porn” in the first place??? *GASP!* lol
I’m down with Food Porn, are you?
Remember me showing you how to make the most amazing Perfectly Poached Chicken breasts in a pressure cooker in 10 minutes? Crazy good, right? Well one thing about love making chicken that was is how one simple recipe can turn into incredible ‘new’ dishes!
Like this recipe… my skinny chicken burrito bowl. Unless you live in the sticks or never leave the house pretty much every town has a Chipotle place to eat. Heck we even have one nearby and I live in countrybumpkinville. The first time I was there I got their burrito bowl. It was good but I was surprised by how many people got it when honestly it’s one super simple thing to make yourself at a fraction of the cost. So I was set out to come up with not a copycat recipe but one that is TKW worthy cause after all I am a food snob. LOL
My recipe is pretty basic and what’s awesome about it, you can add in whatever you want. Don’t limit it to what’s in the recipe but rather expand it and add other things to it. Try grilled asparagus pieces, chopped fresh peppers. Maybe some jicama or crunchy tortilla strips. Well okay maybe not the last one as this is a healthy recipe. However you know me and I firmly believe in everything in moderation. Truth be told when I make this I do have a side of chips with it as I love to scoop it up with that and eat it. I like that textural balance of crunchy to the meatiness of the dish.