Sunday, 1 July 2018

Instant Pot Pasta BLT Salad

It is the time of the year when we are attending lot's of barbecues, birthday's, anniversaries, picnics, reunions and Summer holiday parties. I look forward to this time of year, lot's of fun with family and many potluck get togethers. Pasta salad is a family favorite, perfect along side of Barbecue Pulled Pork sandwiches, Barbecue Baby Back Ribs or Hamburger Sliders! This is a 30 minute start to finish salad! I made this for a annual family BBQ on Lake Chelan, it was a big hit! If you like pasta and BLT sandwiches, this salad is for you! 

The main reason to use a Instant Pot for cooking your pasta is that you do not need to drain it. MOST of the time the liquid is absorbed and you are able to move right on to the next step in your recipe.

Instant Pot Pasta BLT Salad
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 (of 1.0 ounce) package dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 16 ounces pasta, you can use any pasta, however cooking times vary
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 slices bacon cooked and chopped up
  • 2 cups romaine torn into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 Mix together the mayonnaise and dressing mix.  Refrigerate and allow to marinate while you prepare the bacon and pasta.

I cook my bacon in the microwave and I like to use "pepper bacon", it adds a little kick. 

While the bacon is cooking you can prepare the pasta. 

Do not allow the pasta to just sit in the water, it WILL effect the cook time. 

Put the 16 ounces of pasta in the instant pot with 4 cups of cold water and 1 teaspoon of salt. The water should just cover the pasta, so depending on what pasta you use the amount of water changes. Close the lid, turn the valve to closed.

Press the pressure cook or manual button and set the time for 1 minute on high pressure.

When it is finished cooking, allow for a Natural Release for 5 minutes for elbow, linguini, spaghetti, penne or fettucini. Then, do a quick release, you may have sputters of liquid come out of the valve, just throw a kitchen towel over the valve. 

Various types of pasta have different slow release times. For glutin free pasta, I would do a quick release, it cooks very quickly in the instant pot. However, you will get liquid spewing out of the valve. To solve this, throw a kitchen towel over the valve. With glutin free, you may need to pour into a colander, it may have some water still in it.

Add tomatoes and bacon stir well. Wait until it is time to serve and mix in the prepared dressing and romaine, check seasoning adding salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy this pairing Instant Pot Barbecue Pork Sandwiches!

 Enjoy the holiday! Stay Safe!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Instant Pot Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

 I am gearing up for a BIG fourth of July celebration with family and friends and this is one of the favorites!

This Instant Pot recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches is the easiest and fastest! Who wants to wait all day smoking or slow cooking when you can have your sandwiches made perfectly in 2 hours?

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chorizo clams

For sure this is one of Wee Bears favorite dinners! The spicey chorizo is the perfect compliment to the succulent clam....yum!

I source my clams at Mutual Fish in Seattle, Washington. The store is about 10 minutes from my home. However, they will overnight ship and promise they will still be alive!

I have done these on my cook top and in my instant pot. If you would like to do yours in the instant pot, go to this link Instant Pot Chorizo clams.

I also like clams with bacon and a lemon thyme broth, that recipe for cook top is on this link Manilla clams with Bacon or made in the instant pot go to this link Instant Pot Manilla clams with Bacon.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Instant Pot Brownies from a box

I made these delicious Instant Pot Ghirardelli Brownie bites recently for "Wee Bears" fraternity brothers along with the now famous Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The brothers come to our home annually for golf, fun and food. I flew to Seattle to be with my 97 year old Mom on Mother's day but, left them with these goodies! They gobbled up every single cookie and oowey gooey brownie.... growning with delight! 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Instant Pot Salmon with dill

The warm weather is here in the southwest! I like to lighten my meals up with fish, clams and chicken on warm days. With Mother's Day around the corner, this would be perfect for your beautiful Mother!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

No guilt Instant Pot Chocolate Applesauce cake

I am a self professed chocoholic and pretty much....everyone that knows me......knows! So, when I came across a version of applesauce cake with chocolate, I was skeptical.