One of the first recipes I shared on Instantly Delicious was a recipe for Instant Pot® Caramelized Onions. It was a popular recipe, but I received a lot of comments that people had problems. I did a quick test and one time it worked, another it didn’t. I decided that since I didn’t have time to work on the recipe, I would just take it down until I could fix it. Since then, I have received several emails asking where the recipe went. In my haste, I deleted the post without saving my work (story of my life), so I had to start again. I am kind of glad that I did, so I wouldn’t continue testing something that wasn’t working. I did a lot of reading and revisited the Serious Eats post for Instant Pot® caramelized onions, which I originally read to see if I could learn why my method wasn’t working. However, there were mixed reviews for that recipe, too. I decided I would borrow the addition of baking soda to speed up the browning process (Maillard reaction), and rethink how I cooked the onions entirely. I am really pleased with the results and am ready to share them again.
This Instant Pot® Vegetable Chowder is loaded with summery vegetables – zucchini, squash, and corn, just begging for a glass of sauvignon blanc and a crusty loaf of bread. It isn’t summer, though, and I am all out of wine. What I do have a crisper full of vegetables that I bought intending to grill, and a weekend full of cold, rainy, weather, with no grilling in sight. What is a girl to do? Make soup, of course! I adapted another one of my recipes that calls for bacon. While I love bacon, I try to make my soups mostly vegetarian-friendly, because it is a meal that my kids will all eat. To replace some of the bacon-y goodness, I added in smoked paprika. This kept the soup meat-free, but added a hint of smokiness that would have come from the bacon. I also call for either water or vegetable stock. Feel free to use chicken stock, if it is what you have.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with boiled potatoes and cabbage. I believe that kale is the most authentic cruciferous vegetable – please correct me if I am wrong. I prefer cabbage, so that is what I use. People use a variety of sturdy green vegetables. Use your favorite. For St. Patrick’s Day, I usually serve corned beef with boiled carrots and potatoes, and then braise cabbage separately in butter. I wanted a change this year, so I made colcannon, which is a family favorite. I made it ahead of time in myInstant Pot® and then froze it. I will thaw and reheat on St. Patrick’s Day.
Two years ago today, I shared this blog with the world. It has been really fun being a part of this whole Instant Pot® craze, creating delicious recipes, and sharing them with my readers. To honor this anniversary, I could have come up with something flashier, but instead, I am sharing a recipe that speaks to me and my family – minestrone. For whatever reason, this is a no-complaint dinner. It’s comforting, humble, and budget-friendly. We love it and think you will too. It is so versatile – make it vegan by omitting the Parmesan cheese. Use chicken or vegetable stock, in place of water. Use whatever beans you have in the cabinet. Add extra vegetables. I usually serve this with warm, crusty bread.
This Creamy Squash Soup made in the Instant Pot® is the perfect autumn soup. It is slightly more interesting than a butternut squash soup, because of the addition of cauliflower, potato, and sweet potato. The ginger and allspice also add a hint of warmth. I love creamy vegetable soups this time of year, and this soup fits the bill. Plus it uses a lot of produce, so it is great if you have veggies that are a little past their prime. This soup is easily made vegan by omitting the honey and cream. Substitute what you enjoy most.
Yesterday it looked like rain. I was hemming and hawing about whether or not we should grill. My plan was to make chicken and baked potatoes on the grill. Since the weather looked dicey, I decided I should choose a quicker cooking method for the potatoes, in case we had to bring it in. While I often “bake” potatoes in the Instant Pot®, I had the taste for roasted potatoes. I have probably said it a million times, but I HATE lighting my oven in the summer. Something about the design of my tiny kitchen or my crappy oven means my whole house gets really hot. No thanks. I decided I needed to use my Instant Pot® to mimic roasted potatoes. I am so glad I did. They were DELICIOUS and everyone loved them.
I have been in denial about the change in seasons (as I always am), but as I take my morning walk, I have noticed the beautiful trees are changing to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. Fall is officially here. The days are getting shorter, the weather is cooler, and despite being sad that summer is over, I am in the mood for cozy sweaters, boots, and Fall foods. This week, I picked up a butternut squash at the market, but I did not have a plan in mind. My favorite way to prepare squash is to roast it in the oven, however, steamed squash in the Instant Pot® is great for mashing and using in soup. I have plans to use this in a risotto that I will hopefully share with you soon.
A friend recently dropped off a large bowl of beautiful carrots from her garden. She was headed out of town and knew I would be able to use them. I am so glad she did! I have been wanting to try Deviled Carrots in the Instant Pot® almost since I bought my pressure cooker.
Sweet Potatoes are one of the foods that I always have on hand. I used to roast them in the oven once a week. Now I throw a bunch in the Instant Pot® and have them ready to go for a dinner side dish, an add-in to a breakfast hash, or as one of the main ingredients in my favorite Sweet Potato and Black Bean Lasagna. Instant Pot® Sweet Potatoes are tender, creamy, and an easy way to make sure you have nutritious foods available.
Despite feeling like mid-March most days here in the Midwest, summer is about a month away. What does that mean? Corn on the Cob! My absolute favorite way to make it, is to grill it in the husk. My absolute second favorite way to make it, is to steam it in the Instant Pot®. Nothing could be more simple and I loved not having to fuss with boiling corn on the stove, because sometimes I don’t pay attention and it overcooks. Nobody likes that.