Sunday, December 25, 2016

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Directions:

  1. Fill the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water.
  2. Place the steamer trivet in the pot and add quartered potatoes in the steamer trivet.
  3. Close the lid. Cook in high pressure for 8 minutes, then quick release.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a small sauce pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and add the garlic. Add a pinch of salt. Sauté the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and golden in color. Add the milk and deglaze the pan. Remove mixture from heat when it is hot.
  5. When the potatoes are done, remove the lid of the Instant Pot. Mash the cooked potatoes in a medium mixing bowl with a potato masher. Add half of the garlic butter mixture to the bowl. Continue to mash, stir, and add the mixture until desired consistency. Add Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tuscan Chicken Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 8 strips uncooked bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • spaghetti, cooked, for two people
  • 1 bag spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • a few basil leaves


Directions:

  1. Fry chicken breasts in olive oil over medium heat for 6 minutes each side. Season with salt and pepper as you go. Set aside.
  2. Add bacon to the same pan and fry until crisp. Remove.
  3. Add garlic to the same pan, fry briefly, then add tomatoes. Cook down for 5 minutes before adding the spinach and cream. Cook until the spinach has mostly wilted.
  4. Cut the chicken and bacon into bite-sized pieces. Add to the pan, then add the Pand basil. Finally add the pasta and a little reserved pasta water as needed for desired thickness.
  5. Toss to coat, top with a little more Parmesan.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Instant Pot Ziti

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas this year. So you may be seeing lots more Instant Pot recipes on my blog. If you have any good recipes to share, please send them my way.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1-1/4 pounds ground beef (or ground sausage, or a combination)
  • 24 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 16-ounces ziti (or penne pasta)
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion in your Instant Pot.
  2. Add the ground beef and brown. Drain off the fat and return to the Instant Pot.
  3. Add the entire jar of sauce, plus 24 ounces of water.
  4. Add the ziti.
  5. Set the Instant Pot to steam for 5 minutes.
  6. When the Instant Pot is finished cooking let off all of the steam.
  7. Add the shredded mozzarella and mix.
  8. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.