This past weekend I set out to recreate a favorite recipe of mine, Cuban Black Beans with Kale, using my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. It's a recipe that was totally inspired by a recipe by Lindsay Nixon, The Happy Herbivore, from her book Everyday Happy Herbivore.
I've served my version of it at parties to rave reviews and I crave it! It's that good. So I thought, maybe I can make this cheaper, faster and easier using my Instant Pot. No more canned beans, no more multiple steps. Pretty much just throw everything into the pot (after soaking the beans overnight) and let it pressure cook.
Well, the results were not as I had expected. It came out like a soup. Not the texture that I had wanted. The soup tasted good, but I was disappointed at my failure. We'll be eating the leftovers tonight over brown rice. I hope it grows on me.
I think for a while I need to stick with Pressure Cooker recipes that have already been tried and tested. Like this 8 Minute Split Pea Soup by Chef AJ (note: my best result came when I let this soup cook at pressure for 10-11 minutes). Or this Red Lentil Chili, also by Chef AJ. Or pretty much anything from Jill Nussinow's book, The New Fast Food. I can't take any more disappointment ;) and I still have a lot to learn.
You might be wondering who won those copies of The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow. Well, wait no longer! The winners are:
Linda who said, "I have a stove top pressure cooker, and I use it all the time for beans. I have a bad case of stage fright, though, when it comes to trying to cook anything else in it. I tried to cook a batch of rice one time, early on, and scorched it so badly it took lots of elbow grease to make the pot usable again. I'd love to start pressure cooking on a regular basis; those of you who do are always singing its praises, and I hope to one day join that club. Just haven't screwed up my courage yet...thanks for posting the link to the online cookbook from Instant Pot."
Cherygreen who said, "I have a Fagor stove top pressure cooker with 4qt and 8qt stainless pots and steamer basket. I use the large pot constantly to make soup/stews, but don't use the pressure cooker that often because I have time to do the stove top cooking. I use pressure when I'm in a hurry (mostly recipes from the Lorna Sass book "Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure." I would love to have some more vegetarian/vegan recipes for pressure cooker."
Linda and Cherygreen, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address.
Thanks to everyone who entered! And thank you to Jill Nussinow for making this giveaway possible.
Bummed that you didn't win a copy? Don't despair, just pick up a copy at your local bookstore or have it delivered to your door in a few days . . . just don't stop pressure cooking! It's not just for beans!
I know that many of us are looking to do more with our pressure cookers than sticking with the basics.
Do you know of any tried and true pressure cooker recipes? Can you provide a link to the recipe online or perhaps type the recipe into the comments section?
If you own either The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow or Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna J. Saas, what are your favorite recipes from those books? I've heard that Lorna's Thai Chickpeas recipe is amazing (but I'm embarrassed to say I haven't made them yet)! To leave a comment/view the comments, please click on the title of this post (the orange text above).