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.
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.
Sometime in October, I tend to get slammed with real life. All good stuff, but you know - a meet on the opposite end of the city, work to do, a toddler who is suddenly into everything, doctors appointments, and a very important World Series baseball game to get home in time to watch. Phew. Tonight's dinner needed to be hearty for the post-meet runner and I knew that I wanted to create a beef stew recipe that I could make quickly in the Instant Pot®.
We are a big NFL football family. Most Sundays (and some Thursdays and Mondays) from August through February are spent watching football and cheering on our beloved Bears. We recently had a friend over for some football viewing and I needed an easy dinner that would be a crowd pleaser. I also did not want to have to cook when our guest was over. I use my Instant Pot® all of the time as a pressure cooker, but I have not yet used it as a slow cooker. This weekend I decided that I needed a slow cooker to make one of my favorite Sunday football meals. It was great not to have to cook. I just let the Italian Sausage simmer for a few hours and they were perfect when it was time for dinner.
Pressure cooker ribs are a cinch. When I bought the Instant Pot®, I thought that everything would cook really quickly. I was misinformed. There is a significant amount of time spent waiting for the pressure cooker to come to pressure before the actual cooking time begins. I love it for so many reasons, but I would be misleading you if I told you that it always helped me get dinner on the table faster. Soups, stews, and other slow-cooked foods are an exception and ribs fall into that category. Good ribs usually take 3-4 hours to properly cook. In an Instant Pot®, they are ready in about an hour total.
Do you have a "go-to" dinner? One that you always know everyone will happily eat? Aside from boxed mac and cheese, Chili in the Instant Pot® pressure cooker is my go-to. In the Fall and Winter, otherwise known as football season, I make chili weekly. Even in late April, we get chilly days, and on chilly days we eat chili. The Instant Pot® makes a weeknight chili dinner, fast and delicious.
On the weekends, I rarely cook. We go out to dinner or order takeout. One restaurant on our usual rotation is a Greek diner that serves gyros, roasted chicken, and souvlaki. Souvlaki is little skewers of chicken or pork that have been grilled and are served with warm pita bread and tzatziki sauce. This past weekend, we were knee deep in school plays, homework, and crappy weather, so we stayed home and I made pork souvlaki in the Instant Pot®.
Everyone has their guilty pleasure- mine is Chicago-style Italian Beef. Portillo's, Al's, Johnnie's - you name it, I love it. It is definitely a Chicago thing, but for folks living in another part of the country, it is thinly sliced roast beef on a crusty roll with (sweet) bell peppers and (hot) giardinara, covered in gravy (the liquid in which the beef and peppers cooked). It is a wet sloppy mess, but so yummy.
Every Valentine's Day, I make homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It is a little love note in a bowl. The tradition started when my boys were really little and we were watching "Lady and the Tramp." The romantic spaghetti scene is where it all started, and even though they refuse to watch the movie with my anymore, they are always excited for our Valentine's Day dinner.
There is something so comforting about a plate of boiled Corned Beef and Cabbage. I think about it throughout the year, even though I only eat it on St. Patrick's Day. It holds many fond childhood memories, and I like to think that I am passing along similar ones to my family. St. Patrick's Day is still 5 days away, but I think most people do their celebrating the Saturday before. Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, perhaps? Tonight, we are celebrating too. Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage cooked in the Instant Pot® is on the menu. This was so delicious and fast that we might celebrate again on the official holiday, next Thursday.
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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