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. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken


I love to make this one dish meal.....my kids had this at least once a week when growing up! Yes, you can buy in the store, but, nothing tastes and smells better than freshly roasted chicken.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Instant Pot Chicken Lentil Soup




If you are looking for a delicious soul warming soup, this is it! I made this a few weeks ago for the family, it was gone in minutes!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Wrap up!


  A fun cake to make with the kid's! this one takes a little time, but is worth it! Find complete instructions on this link Surprise Bunny Cake!


Monday, 19 March 2018

World Peace Cookies



The World Peace Cookie lives up to its name: If everyone had one, peace would reign o’er the planet. I’m convinced of this.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Instant Pot Butter Chicken-Murgh Makhani


This creamy, fragrant tomato stew is a staple of Indian restaurant cooking, but it is traditionally labor intensive to make, requiring the meat to marinate overnight and simmer for as much as an hour. We have had this many times 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara

 
Carbonara– is there a more simple meal that feels quite so utterly indulgent? I think not. It lifts bacon and eggs to their highest's heights and celebrates all that is wonderful about the comfort of carbs, the indulgence of a bit of fat and the sweet saltiness of cured (and preferably smoked) pancetta.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Instant Pot Shepards Pie


One of my favorite Irish foods is Shepard's Pie. It cooks up so quickly in the Instant Pot and I finish it in the oven. I like making individuals, but, you can make it in a oven proof medium size dish. Or completely in the instant pot.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup


Split pea soup is never going to win the "Winter soup Olympics". The signature hue of mushy pea green will never be prized as fashionable by anyone but me. When I told Wee Bear I was making split pea soup, he said,"Why"? If you know

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Chicken Pot Pie Braid


Chicken Pot Pie Braid is all the classic flavors of a traditional pot pie, however it is enveloped in a delicious and easy pastry that will knock your guests socks off!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Instant Pot Chocolate Creme Brule'

 

What can be better than silky smooth creme brulee with rich chocolate? Creme brule' is so easy to make. Much easier than a cake or cookies, you don't even need to get out the mixer, everything stirs right together. You don't even need to water-bath this version! Make in the instant pot...in a instant!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Chocolate Budino


What is a Budino?

Budino is a sweet Italian dish, usually rich and creamy like a custard or pudding, only better! The word originally referred to a type of medieval sausage, similar to English pudding. Budino is the Italian word for custard or pudding.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Super Bowl Round up 2018!

Whether you're a diehard New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles fan or you're just there for the food and commercials, this glorious game day roundup scores big time. No matter what you're craving — from a delicious Wingfest to Instant Pot Halftime Chili — these SUPERBOWL recipes will keep your crew satisfied from kickoff to MVP pick!  

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Instant Pot Winter Minestrone Soup


There are so many recipes for Minestrone soup, because there are so many different vegetables that you can use. This recipe is merely a guide, feel free to add or subtract ingredients ....and use what you have in the refrigerator. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Instant Pot Hard boiled Eggs


Instant Pot perfectly cooked, easy to peel eggs! Simple technique to perfect eggs!


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Instant Pot Asian Style Flankin Short Ribs




Although short ribs used to be seen as a less desirable cut of beef, they've risen in popularity, causing prices to also increase for this cut that used to be fairly inexpensive. So if you're now spending more for short ribs, it makes sense to get to know the two popular ways that they're cut, flanken and English style. Once you know the differences in appearance and how they should be cooked, you can buy the right cut for your recipe! 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Instant Pot Disneyland Beef Stew




When you think of food at Disneyland, you might think of the Mickey Mouse ice cream, the hot dogs, the turkey legs or the pretzels, but, the real fans of the "Happiest Place on Earth" know that one of the real food stars is the Louisiana beef stew at New Orleans Square's French Market restaurant. And real cooking detectives know that you can totally recreate the dish at home in your Instant Pot!! Would you like in on this secret?

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Instant Pot Halftime Chili


This delicious chili was a winner in the Bon Appetit recipes sweepstakes, a reader poll conducted in honor of their 50th anniversary. I have adapted this yummy recipe to the Instant Pot! 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Anti Inflammatory Pineapple Pain Relief



I want to start off the New Year with a healthy drink that has changed my life in the last month. Sparing you the details, I have arthritis in my neck. Basically, it affected my quality of life having been a very active person. After a lot of different tests, physical therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, manipulations on and on.....a friend and fellow hiker gave me this recipe. He told me that he has been on this for one year. Prior to using this juice he could not open a jar! His testimonial was when he went on holiday to Australia for a month and was not able to juice, his arthritis came back. The original recipe comes from a woman with MS, who was able to relieve her symptoms.