I always forget how much I love Chicken Cacciatore. It is so easy to make, full of rich flavors, and can be adapted for the Instant Pot®. Chicken Cacciatore is an Italian stewed chicken that simmers slowly in tomato sauce. It can be served over rice, noodles, or even on its own. Some recipes call for dusting the chicken in flour. I never do this, which makes this a great gluten-free recipe. I think the sauce is thick and rich without any added starch.
I am so excited to share this success. I have been attempting some sort of cake-type dessert since I got my Instant Pot® with zero success. With the exception of the occasional rice pudding or cheesecake, I don't make dessert in my Instant Pot®. I have tried a few things and failed, so I mainly stick with more savory applications. The idea of making a small, easy weeknight cake in the Instant Pot® sounds appealing. Almost everyone in my family has their birthday during the first 6 months of the year, mostly in March and April. We end up eating a lot of cake and it gets a little redundant and excessive. What if I could make each person a small little cake for their actual birthday and we can instead splurge on big cakes for friend and larger family parties. My kids might not agree to this, but I think it is a great idea. This little Lemon Yogurt Cake will be perfect for my almost 3 year old. Now that I have had success, I plan to try a couple of chocolate versions to make my boys happy.
Super Bowl LI is just around the corner. We are big football fans in our house. Once we have decided where to watch the game, it is time to start thinking about food. This will be my first Super Bowl with an Instant Pot®. In the past, I have used my slow cooker to make chili or meatballs. This year I am making pulled pork sandwiches in my Instant Pot® and am so excited to share the recipe with you. This sandwich is sweet, savory, full of crunch, and a little messy. I love it and think it will be the perfect thing to serve on Sunday. Even if you don't care about football, these sandwiches should be on your to-make list. Yummy.
I love Orange Chicken. There is an old-school Chinese restaurant in my neighborhood. Its décor has not been updated since the 1940s and they make a couple of things really well - namely Egg Rolls and Orange Chicken. Orange Chicken is deep fried deliciousness, covered in a sweet and sticky sauce. I only get a craving for it about once a year, which is good, because it's not exactly a health food. Plus, deep frying is not something I want to take on in my kitchen. I decided to try and adapt the flavors into a healthier version for theInstant Pot®. It was a huge success.
If I put a recipe on this site, I obviously like it enough to share. There are at least 10 recipes in my "drafts" folder that aren't quite ready, or may never be. Many of them are for pork loin. I have not been able to create a shareworthy recipe - until now. Instant Pot® Asian Pork Loin is a home run. Previous attempts at making a pork loin in the Instant Pot® were dry with a flavorless sauce. If there is one thing I HATE, it is dry pork (I also do not like flavorless sauces.) This pork was luscious. When served with the gingery, garlic sauce, it made for a real crowd pleaser.
Happy New Year! I hope the New Year brings you health and happiness. In the spirit of good health, I feel like I have to make a little confession. I don't really like kale. It's too bitter, I'd rather eat a potato chip and there are other greens that I prefer in my smoothies, so why do I feel the need to keep trying to like it? It turns out that there are two ways to prepare it that I do not mind, so I guess I don't TOTALLY hate kale. If it is shredded and massaged in tasty vinaigrette, it's pretty good. I also enjoy it in a soup like this. It holds up really well pressure cooking in the Instant Pot® and seems to lose some of its bitterness as it cooks.
Eggnog is such a controversial subject. People either love it or hate it - I find there is no middle ground with this sweet, creamy, holiday beverage. We are an eggnog family. Every Christmas my mom brings out the vintage cut-glass punch bowl, the spiced rum, and the nutmeg grater, and sets it all up at the bar. Everyone has a glass or two, and then we are finished until next year.
This recipe is not my own. Full credit goes to my 11-year-old son. He has a sudden interest in cooking and has been watching old reruns of Good Eats on Netflix. My son is the sole vegetarian in our house, and sometimes I buy him special vegetarian treats. I recently bought him frozen corn and poblano tamales, and while he liked them enough, he asked if we could try making them better. I told him yes, thinking (hoping) he would just forget about it. A week later he asked me to buy corn husks and masa. I said sure, and threw them in a cabinet - out of sight. The next day he came to the kitchen with a recipe written on graph paper and his kindle with Alton Brown's tamale episode ready to show me. I knew he would not relent.
Raindrops on roses, and whiskars on kittens
Instant Pot® accessories and things for your kitchens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
The holidays are upon us and it is time to share a few of my favorite things for my Instant Pot®. They will make perfect gifts for your favorite people. Whether you know someone who already has an Instant Pot® or are already buying one and want to also give a few accessories, here are some great ideas to share.
I want to share a fun recipe for your Instant Pot® - Salted Caramel Sauce. Yes, I know you can easily make it on your stove top. Yes, I realize that this might not be the best way to use your Instant Pot®, but it definitely works and was pretty fun to make. We celebrate Christmas at our house, and after indulgent desserts at Thanksgiving, holiday treats at gatherings throughout December, and my Aunt Jane's famous chocolate mousse on Christmas Eve, we like to go EASY for Christmas dessert. My mom, sister, and I bake delicious cookies every year, and we bake enough for a small army. After sharing with friends and neighbors, we make one last beautiful platter just for us (because we never sample cookies as we go - KIDDING.) We also serve bowls of ice cream with hot fudge and salted caramel sauce to drizzle on top. Nothing fussy or difficult and a lovely way to wrap up the Christmas season.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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