• Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

    Maybe its the Irish girl in me, but I just love a meat and potatoes dish like this Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie. Recipes like shepherd’s pie and chicken pot pie are the ultimate comfort food to me. They are hearty, tasty and generally are served as a single dish! Another perk is they are hard to mess up, you can do almost anything and it’ll be pretty tasty. I kept joking with Rob while we were cooking this that it was a meat-meat and potatoes dish. When coming up with the recipe, I was looking for ways to mix up the basic dish a bit and came across some…

  • Instant Pot Chicken Taco
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    Time for another “the Instant Pot makes it way easier” recipes with these Shredded Chicken Tacos.  This basic recipe is based on an old slow cooker one I would make, only now it doesn’t take all day.  I love the mix of flavors that goes into this recipe.  I basically braise the chicken in beer and citrus with a few other key ingredients for flavor.  You really can’t go too wrong. There really isn’t too much to say about this recipe, its pretty straight forward.  I do have a few pieces of advice though.  For the beer, I use either a white ale (Dogfish Head Namaste in this case) or…

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Instant Pot,  Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorite soup recipes. Its basically a liquid taco and what is not to love about that! The Instant Pot makes it really easy and probably halves the cook time. I like to pack mine with tomatoes and peppers to give it a spicy-sweet taste. I went with a combination of bell pepper, poblano pepper, and jalapeno for this soup. It provided so much flavor and had a perfect amount of spice. We made a similar version of this with some left over pork once and we didn’t really account for the spices on that and added a bunch more. Let’s just say that…

  • gnocchi bolognese
    Basics,  Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Homemade Gnocchi with Bolognese

    Making Gnocchi was pretty intimidating, almost more than pasta. Part of the problem with it is that you effectively need to start by making mashed potatoes. Once you get through all of that its actually pretty straight forward just a bit labor intensive. Now that we have done it once, it will go a lot smoother and I may even consider some tools to make the process easier. I used my Instant Pot to cook the potatoes since it was pretty straight forward to steam them that way. Steaming has become my default potato cooking method if they aren’t roasted/baked. I find that boiling them makes them too soggy. So…

  • Chicken Platter
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken Platter

    If there is anything I have in common with Ina Garten, its a love for roast chicken. It’s easy, tasty, and allows for near infinite variation. As a side benefit, roast chicken can be an easy weeknight meal for the family or romantic date night special. Normally, I do a pretty basic butter-herb mixture to spread over the chicken, but I wanted to mix that up a bit for this meal. I also was looking to have a complete meal where the core flavors were tied into all of the dishes. So, I ended up with a Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken along side Tarragon Mashed Potatoes and Charred Brussels Sprouts in…

  • Instant Pot Pulled Pork
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

    This BBQ Pulled Pork was the first thing we made when we brought our Instant Pot home. We figured this would be a good test of the features we were most hoping to take advantage of. So we picked up some pork shoulder and threw together a quick recipe to test it out. I have to say, the Instant Pot validated itself pretty quickly with this one. What normally takes all day in a slow cooker took about an hour and a half start to finish! One perk: the pot really kept all of the flavor and aroma trapped in the pot when pressure cooking. While you may miss out…

  • Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup
    Instant Pot,  Soup

    Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup

    Beef and Barley Soup is awesomely hearty and perfect for a cold day or when you are feeling a little under the weather and need a pick-me-up. To add to the heartiness, I made this version with a bit of a unique set of ingredients in my experience. I used Yukon Gold potatoes to give it a that rustic feel that made me think of pot pie. Rob also absolutely hates celery in any form, so I replaced it with leeks which has really become one of my favorite new ingredients. One lesson I learned while working on this recipe is how to handle the barley. I was initially unsure…

  • beef and broccoli trader joes
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Broccoli Rice Bowl

    This Beef and Broccoli recipe was effectively an accident based on a seeming random assortment of groceries we bought at Trader Joe’s. We were planning to have something else for dinner that didn’t really work out. Thanks to Rob picking up a few ingredients, that I initially questioned, I ended up creating one of the best Asian-inspired meals I have made. Also a first for us, we used our new Instant Pot as a rice cooker and it worked out PERFECTLY. The rice was sticky and perfectly soft.  Plus, it completely eliminated the problem we sometimes have stovetop of getting that hot spot on the bottom. So to the backstory…

  • Instant Pot Risotto
    Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Instant Pot Risotto

    Alright, I have to backtrack on some previous statements about making risotto. It turns out that there is a bit of a “hack” for making it with less effort: the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot has been a pretty awesome purchase for us after only a few uses. It took the entire arm workout aspect out of risotto making and honestly came out really very well. The nice thing with the Instant Pot was being able to do the very simple and quick prep phase and then just letting the machine take care of actually cooking the rice. I was concerned that it would really work out and would be…

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