American Food

Broccoli and chicken rice casserole


When you see rotisserie chicken on sale, I usually grabbed some and freeze them. It was $2.83 When I found it. Grabbed couples and using one today. Well I am using just the breast part today.

Diced up the chicken breast part, add them to the Instant pot along with 3 cups of water, a diced of 1/2 small onion and crushed 3 cloves garlic. Stir, closed the lid, sealed the vent, press rice. Once it beeped, you can release pressure immediately which known as QR ( Quick Release) or leave it for longer like I did today, which known as NPR (Natural Pressure Release).

Stir the rice, add 2 cans of creamed of Chicken soup and 1 can creamed of mushroom soup,  1 cup mayonnaise, juice from 1 lemon, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, 1 can sliced mushroom, 1 pack of frozen broccoli florets. Mix well

Pout mixture in a pyrex pan 9×13, spread them. topped with Panko breadcrumb. Drizzle with melted 1 stick of butter. Baked in preheated 350°f oven for around 25 to 30.minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly.

We don’t cook things like this often. My son and my husband, both said that it have been a looking time since I cooked this dish. 

When I have time, I make own roux for the chicken soup and mushroom soup. But cans are shortcut.

Instant Brisket

Over the weekend, I grabbed a big giant pack of brisket that was on sale for $18 and I know I can cut them up into 4 or 5 big pieces. Meaning 5 different meals. I have been shopping at Aldi, Sprouts, and Wal-Mart. Every time I go to Aldi, I always got a full cart of produce and meat and other stuffs like bread, pasta or egg and each time it cost me around $60, which will be almost double if I go somewhere else.

Now Brisket. I am not going outside to grill or smoke them. Not in the almost 100°, or maybe it has reached 3 digits, weather.

I have this image of sliced brisket on top of fluffy mashed potatoes. It had been a week y’all! The struggle is real 😂😂.

Still today I was debating if I should do the brisket or chicken. So I use my life line,  I phone a friend. Not literally phone a friend. I asked my husband, Beef of Chicken for dinner. Thought would be better to ask him rather than play rock paper scissor between my left and right hand. He said Beouf.

The challenge is to have dinner ready in an hour. Start by the time we get home. While I was still at his office waiting for him to finished his work. Searching for ideas with no luck.

5 pm he was done. We drive home, passed IHOP who was calling my name for their $0.59 stacked pancake for today only deal. But the parking lot was packed and I saw people outside waiting. 🙄Nah…brisket it is. But what am I gonna do? I have no idea what to make out of that brisket at home.

Got home, dragged that huge piece of meat from the fridge. Cut the portion I want to cook today and cut the rest and store in vacuum pack and into the freezer.

Instant pot going to be my next life line.  I know I want to make some sort of rub and brown the meat. Drizzle olive oil into the pot. Press sautee and let it heat up the pot and oil. While that is getting warm and fuzzy feeling in the pot, I mix my rub. Coconut sugar 4 teaspoon, salt 2 teaspoons, 1 teaspoon black paper, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika. Mix and ru it all over the meat, which I pat dry first. Take the coated meat, and lay it down on the warm fuzzy oil in the pot. Fat side down.  Until all side brown. Pour in around 2 cups beef broth to deglazed the yummy bits from thw meat and the rub. Lay it down fat side up now. Closed the lid, sealed the ring, press manual 60 minutes. When it beeped, let it NPR, Natural Pressure Release so that the meat will still be moist.

While they are mingled in the pot, I started peeling my potatoes, cut them up in the same size for every pieces. I am using 3 huge yellow potatoes and 3 little ones. Put them all,1

after wash and rinse, into the pot. Pour some chicken broth just enough to cover the potatoes around half way. Add salt, pepper, and 2 cloves garlic, crushed.

Closed the lid, sealed the vent and manual 8 minutes. It will take time to get to pressure. I figured they will be done at around the same time. When I started my potatoes cooking, the beef was at 37 minutes left  And the potatoes pot was beeping when the beef still had 9 minutes.

I took the potatoes pot out after QR, add butter after draining some of the liquid out.

You don’t want to drained them all. You want some liquid left but not much. Ok added 1/4 stick of butter and 1/4 stick of cream cheese.

Mashed with potato masher and use spatula to mix or fold the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Was done with the masher, wash it and my other pot with the beef already beeped and the pressure released.

Took the meat out and sliced them. Press sautee to reduce thw sauce. But I was impatient and did not reduced the sauce much. Scoop some mashed potatoes on the plate, arrange the beef, drizzle some of the sauce or put as much as you like.

I like mine with lots of sauce. My husband like it with just enough sauce. Everyone like it different way and that’s ok 😊.

Both my husband and my son approved this Instant Brisket.  Note to myself, next time add liquid smoke. That’d be great

Meatroll

Had a semi productive day yesterday and today. Had a good meeting with client and stayed until 4 in the office with so much work done. It was pouring when I left work, then stopped and poured again. Stopped by at Wal-Mart after picked my husband up. I went in to get stuffs for my cake order. By the time I was done shopping, it was madness. Soaked wet to get into the car. Umbrella did not even work its purpose. 

Stayed up until 2 am working on the cake. It was a last minute order. I saw a post on next door app. Someone looking for a cake decorator. So I offered to help as they have not find anyone to do it for them after couple days they posted. Just basic cake with a mix of 3 different flavors, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. With buttercream and water color effect in the 2 colors theme on the sides and flower decoration in blue and pink. So here it is.

Delivered the cake today. Hope they like it. 

Dinner time just creeping on me. I was watching tv and saw the time it was 6:24. Oh boy..what’s for dinner? I hate to suggest take out since we did yesterday. 

I know I have ground beef in the fridge, so I thought, meatloaf. I have potatoes and carrots. No greens though. Mix my meatloaf in kitchen aid.

2 lbs ground beef

4 eggs

2 teaspoons Salt

1/2 teaspoons Pepper

1 teaspoons Nutmeg

3 tablespoons worchesthire sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

1/2 medium yellow onion chopped

1 garlic finely chopped

2 pieces bread cut up into small pieces

1/2 cups milk

All mix well in the kitchen aid with paddle attachment.

Shape them into the loaf and spread sauce on top. Well, that was the plan, until I could not find my aluminum foil loaf pan nor the aluminum foil. Hummm what to do? I have parchment, so I thought … roll them into log. I divided the mixture into 4 and rolled on the parchment and twist the end. Stacked them on the rack in Instant Pot and add 2 cups water under the rack. Closed the lid and vent and press 25 minutes. 

Well since I can’t put the sauce on top of the meatloaf..errr..meatroll, I decided to make the sauce and drizzle on top the rolls after it’s done cooking. 

Sauce is a mixture of 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup worchesthire sauce and 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Heat up 1/2 stick of butter and sauteed 1/4 medium onion finely chopped until translucent, then add in the sauce mixture. Cook until bubbly. Turn heat off and set aside.

By now the meatroll is almost done. Time for the potatoes and carrots. Peeled the potatoes and carrots, washed and arrange them in the pot. Add water just enough to cover the potatoes half way. I did both whole, not cutting them up. Thought I’d just cut them up when they are done. Closed the lid and vent. Manual 3 minutes. Just to cook the c carrots first. When it beeped, release pressure, take carrots out and closed the lid again and run manual 5 minutes to continue cooking the potatoes. 

They were done at the same time.

Took the meatroll out, unwrapped and sliced. Arrange on the plate with the carrots and potatoes.

Drizzle the sauce over meatroll, add salt and pepper on the veggies. I did it on purpose not adding any seasoning for the potatoes and carrots so that I can share some with Max the puppy.

It was so filling and good. My boys both had clean plates, I mean cleaned. Meatloaf is one of our comfort food. And meatroll too hahaha. Definitely a keeper. 

Mac and cheese 4 minutes

Comfort food..when it rains outside, the dark sky and all the good stuffs that comes with the rain, all I can think of is snuggle and comfort. 

Mac and cheese is one of the food that I love. I used to grab the box because it was so easy. However, ever since I had a craved for it at work one day, and the easiest way is to walk to Walgreens and grabbed the Instant, microwaveable Mac and cheese, I never do it anymore. I got a bad headache after eating that and checked the sodium on the box, I almost fainted.  Never again. 

Then when I started my love story with Instant Pot and figured out I can make Mac and cheese in 4 minutes from scratch, no more instant boxes. This is instant and from scratch..beat That!

So, my son had been asking for mac and cheese and he got it. I like trying different kind of cheeses. This time white cheddar. 

All you need are these below. 

These group goes first in the pot:

16 oz box of elbow macaroni

4 cups broth or water

1 tablespoon mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic crushed.

These goes next:

1 – 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or milk or evaporated milk, I prefer heavy cream. 

2 cups shredded cheese, we love white cheddar. Kraft has a new one smoked bacon cheddar which is good too.

Topping:

4 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs 

1 tablespoons dried parsley

1/4 cups grated parmesan

So here how I made ours.

Put Mac, broth, butter and seasoning in the Instant pot. Closed the lid and sealed position for the vent. Then press manual 4 minutes.

In the meantime, make the topping. Melt the 4 tablespoons butter, I like to add 1 clove garlic, crushed sometimes. Add dried parsley and Panko bread crumbs,  keep stirring until golden yellow on medium heat. When it started turn golden, add the parmesan keep stirring until all golden brown. By the time the topping is done, you will hear the beeping from the Instant pot. It is ready. Gradually release the pressure. Why Gradually? Sometimes when you cook starch, it could squirt foam so you want to watch it.  That’s why opening the vent gradually is the way to do this

Now you are done, turn it off and press sautee function. Add the next ingredients, which are heavy cream and cheeses. Stir until cheese melted. This will take less than minute. There you have it. Scoop in a bowl and topped with the bread crumb topping mixture. How easy is That?

Try it! You won’t use the box anymore or that fake cheese :).

Happy new year! Welcome 2017!

Happy new year! Cheers to a better year!

Tradition ia we have to have some blacked eyed pea for the new year. So we went ti Walmart last night to grabbed some. Whilst we were there, B overheard a couple where the wife got pretty upset with her husband as they could not find any canned black eyed pea on the shelf. He could not believe that she got pretty mad about it. Not to worry when you have Instant Pot as your secret weapon. Who needs canned stuffs when you can make it from those hard raw beans fast. We grabbed a bag of the beans. I presoaked my beans since we have the time. Cooked them in with my ham, onion, oregano, bayleaf, salt, pepper for 30 minutes. Then let the pressure down naturally. Add carrots and kale, cook again for 3 minutes and we are done.

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So many traditions. We had one which I believe was passed on as my Chinese descent tradition. On December 22, which is mother’s day in indonesia, where I was born and raised, we have to eat these cute little balls made if glutinous rice flour boiled and them served with a lemon gingery syrup. It usually comes in white, red and green color. Though these days people are so crafty. What was told before not to play with your food is no longer apply. I saw people make this glutinous dough into fun animal shapes instead of just a simple little balls. Which what I decided to do. Been over 10 years since I moved to Texas, I have never try to even make this. But last year, 2016, I decided to give it a try. Thought my boys not gonna like it. I made just a little. I was wrong,  they actually enjoyed that as well.

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Busy month December through February. Another thing that we always have for special days is the layer cake. We call it lapis legit. There’s also a three layers one, lapis surabaya. They both made of 30 to 45 egg yolks and tons of butter with very little flour and some sugar. The lapis legit has some spices added to it, speculas made of a mixture of cinnamon, clove,  cardamom,  nutmeg and allspice. It’s  made by baking layer by layer, 2 -4 tablespoonfuls batter for each layer. The baking process could take 3 to 4 hours. Hideous it is. But it worth all the works. People sell this lapis legit a lot of bucks. The good one could sold for 2 million Indonesian rupiah or like $200 for an 8″ size cake. Since it is so rich, we served thin slices of this cake. Trust me, it is good. This kind of cake that taste even better after few days.

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The 3 layers one originally made by sandwiching the chocolate layer in between the vanilla. Though the creative bakers make so many different variance to this cake. There’s green tea or pandan flavor instead of chocolate, there’s the lapis legit in between the vanilla layers. There’s orange flavor. The sky is the limit actually. If it’s not because the amount of yolks being use to make this cake, I would be slaving in my kitchen making and testing different variations.

It is very common in Indonesia to use this 3 layers lapis surabaya as the base for birthday or wedding cake, like the birthday cake I made last night for one of my friend’s son.

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I love traditions. Don’t you?

I’m dreaming of a warm Christmas…

Not! White Christmas is what we want but here is Texas we got 75° Christmas. It just felt so wrong…Christmas with flip flop on and short sleeve instead of sweater and boots. Welcome to Texas!. Though, growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia where it is 80° to 95° all year long did not feel the big deal of having a warm Christmas, yet it felt wrong here yesterday.

Every year I felt like Christmas snuck up on me. Every single year. Specially this year.  I have present that I ordered and did not get in time. 2 shipments. Thank God I have enough for everyone. The good thing was they seemed to be happy with what they got.

My kind of shopping is not to pay full price. But getting a good quality items. Most of the stuffs I purchased, took a long time for me to actually made my decision to buy. I have to do research and comparing reviews and price, my husband word was I studied everything first before buying and that’s including menu at the restaurants. The results, most of the stuffs I bought last so long that make it hard for me to replace and buy a new one as long as it still works. That’s an ouch moment sometimes.

Like for example the Instant Pot. My friend had told me about it 3 years ago and I just finally got one last year. And that was the best thing ever. And when I love something that is as good as that products, I tend to sell them, not that I am selling that, but I share assn convince people to get it. I won’t do that unless I am very sure that it is good. That how I work in my 8 to 5 job too.

That being said, head on to my shop with me section. I have stuffs that I use and like in that link. As I buy stuffs, I will add it on to that link so that it will be easier for you to check the products I love.

Working in my line of work, as crazy as it is, I enjoy the benefit that I can purchase things at cost and that definitely helps my Christmas shopping. And not helping when I go out shopping at retail. Hard for me to buy stuffs as I know the cost of the products out there at retail stores. Another ouch moment.

We had a good time despite the 77° situation at my mother in law’s house. I got stuffs that I need. We can’t never have enough of spatula, measuring cups and spoons right? And the silicone holder I have been eyeing for quite some times lol and still on my considering list. My sister in law who just got and love her Instant Pot got it for me. While my hubby got me the extra rings. I am happy with what I got. I think Santa actually sees that I have been a good girl after all.

My son got what he always wanted for his room. A bigger screen TV.  He had the 19″ for years and actually it bothers me more than him. So small it’s hard for me to watch from his bed. Yeah I sometimes got booted out to watch my show in his room because my hubby watch in our bedroom and my son play games with his friend in our living room. So I personally think he needs a bigger screen. There I went searched and researched. Took me a little over a year…we finally decided to get it after I got  visa gift card from my boss for Christmas. Headed to BestBuy. Looked around and still debating in size around and brand.  Finally I grabbed the salesman and asked for the brand I want which I checked online that we wanted to get. Of course they don’t have it but can order it for us. Just not gonna be on time for Christmas. Then I asked what they have available for the open box. He took us there and there’s not many options but they do have a bigger one that we originally planned to get. Tested the TV and we are happy with the quality and paid for almost half of the regular price. Can’t beat that, plus the no hassle of opening the box as we got home literally plug and play lol. Well had to hooked up all the other stuffs like the cable and the Xbox.

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It was awesome..now my lil man has his preteen cave. Yepp we made a sign for his bedroom.

Now to the belly part. We decided on ham after having turkey for Thanksgiving. Last year I killed my ham using the crock pot method. Never again using crock pot for ham. Nobody complained last year but when I mentioned it this year how I killed the ham last year, I saw nodded head lol.

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This year, no more killing the ham. I am using my Instant pot for that. Wrapped the ham in brown sugar and cinnamon then in foil. Into the pot on the rack with 2 cups water. Manual high pressure for 15 minutes and let it sit while releasing the pressure naturally I did let it go in warming mode while I am finishing up with my other dishes, it was 45 minutes. Not dry, it was really moist ham we had yesterday. Unlike the crock pot version last year.

Made the mac and cheese also in my other instant pot. 4 minutes cooked my 16 oz macaroni with 4 cups of broth, salt pepper, nutmeg, 2 tablespoons butter, when it was done,  I added the milk and heavy cream and the cheeses. I like using sharp cheddar,  white cheddar and parmesan. Then pour them in the dish and topped with panko bread crumb and parsley. Dotted with butter and baked in 350° until golden brown and bubbly.

Pork and apple are best friend. So we decided on cinnamon apples for the ham. I peeled, cored and sliced, not too thick and not too thin, 6 gala apples, soaked them in lemon juice as I work with them. Toss them around making sure all coated with the lemon juice. Then add 2/3 cups brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Toss the around by flipping the bowl to distributes the dry ingredients evenly. Pour in buttered dish , dotted with 3 tablespoons of butter, baked in 350° for 30 minutes. This is good to be served with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream too. The lemon juice balanced the sweetness of the brown sugar. It was perfect.

Who doesn’t like Red Lobster cheddar biscuit? Anyone?  My family love them. So I am making them today. I used 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar,  1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 1 1/2 stick of butter, mix them in the food processor until crumbly or like I did yesterday, sitting on my couch binged on Netflix and used 2 knives. Then I add 2 cups grated sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon dry parsley. Last pour in 1 1/2 cups milk and mix with spatula until just moist. Do not over mix the batter. Use ice cream scooper, drop them onto parchment lined baking pan. Baked in 350° for 15 minutes. While it is baking, melt 1/4 stick of butter, add 1 tablespoon dry parsley and a pinched of salt. Use the mixture to brush the biscuit right after it’s out from the oven. My hubby and brother in law were raving about these biscuits.

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Last one I made was creamed spinach. So easy, melt 1/4 stick of butter, add chopped onion and garlic of quarter small onion and 3 cloves garlic. Sautee until onions are translucent. Add 4 teaspoons flour, cooked until it’s bubbly. Add heavy cream, I used 2 cups, keeps stirring until thicken, add salt pepper and nutmeg. Last is the spinach. Can’t be creamed spinach without it right? That would be creamed…weird. Ok a 16 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeeze the water out, dump into the pot of creamy goodness. Stir well add more seasoning if you think you need to. Last minute, I decided to threw in 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese melted and you are done

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My sister in law made tamales. She made a lot of them. It was vegan tamales as she is turning japanese, no I meant turning vegan. It was bean with salsa verde. Had a little kick to it but not much. She doesn’t like spicy food. While her husband does. It’s the other way around with me and my husband.  I love love love spicy food, Sriracha is my best friend whilst it’s his enemy. Isn’t that weird? Lol not really.

Dessert was banana pudding and cherry crunch. No I didn’t make those. Oh and devil egg was on  the menu too..not for dessert though.

Went home happy and tired last night. But I still binged on a new series…like what I am doing now while typing. I am a Binger!

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you all had a a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Cold day saved by Instant Pot

You know..I got jealous when I heard it’s snowing somewhere else. I guess I just have to be happy that at least it is cooler now here in the Lonestar state.

I have been wanting to make chili but without the beans of course. My husband does not like beans at all.  While watching Limitless on Netflix this afternoon I started preparing my chili ingredients. Chopping my onion, garlic and seranno pepper, then rewinding my movie and then sautéing then in the instant pot, then rewinding my movie again.

After sautéing my onion ,  garlic, chopped seranno pepper and ground beef in the instant pot, I added the homemade chili spices, chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce and start my Instant Pot with the chili function for 30 minutes defaulted but I reduced to 25 minutes .

I will type the recipes tonight after the Walking Dead hehehee. I remember there’s garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, pepper and peppers, cumin, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and pepper.

And for dinner and to send meal for the meal train, I decided to make Soto Ayam, Indonesian chicken soup.

I blend the spices in my magic bullet and then sautee them in a little oil in instant pot with the Sautee function .

Add in the bone in chicken breast, 2 stalk of lemongrass, galangal, kafir lime leaves, water up to the 10 cups line. Closed and press manual 25 minutes. After it beeped, quick release the pressure and take the chicken out to shred. Add the cut up golden potatoes, closed and press manual 5 minutes. While in the other instant pot, I cook my hard boiled egg for 5 minutes then NPR 5 minutes. And then use that pot to cook my rice 6 cups with almost 7 cups water and closed the lid, press manual 3 minutes and NPR 7 minutes. Last one, boil water and soaked the glass noodle in it to softened the noodle.

I serve the Soto in a bowl…arrange the rice, glass noodle ,  shredded chicken, shredded cabbage, sliced tomato, hard boiled egg and pour the broth over it with the potatoes  Garnish with parsley and a wedge of lime to be squeezed into the soup.

The spices I blend was :

5 roasted candle nuts

1/4 onion

5 cloves garlic

2″ turmeric or yellow ginger

1″ ginger

2 teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon White pepper

You can add more salt and pepper to your taste once it was done cooking.

My rice cooker was broke and since then I make my rice in the instant pot. The proportion is 2 cups rice with 2 1/2 cups water or chicken broth. Works fine for my Asian taste.

Oh my lord Neegan you are making me nervous. Wonder what is he gonna do now. That guy scares me.

Now dessert for me tonight is the cheesecake I made in instant pot the other night. It was perfect even though I used a regular 8″ pan instead of the springform pan. Took 30 minutes. Before that, I made cheesecake in the oven for over 1 hour. I haf to do it in the oven as it is a 9″ pan for the cheesecake and also made pumpkin cake. This was a dessert for my husband’s Christmas Luncheon at his office. So the cheesecake is

sandwiched in  between the pumpkin cake and covered with cream cheese frosting .  Yes it was deliciously loaded with calories but so worth to eat it. Once a year at least.

There was my day with Instant Pot. And ended my Sunday with Walking Dead and my cheesecake. Just perfect! Hope you all have a nice weekend and easy Monday ahead.

 

The no stress Thanksgiving cooking ever!

This year as I already started in my previous blog, I am utilizing my Instant Pot to help me preparing our Thanksgiving meal. This year I am so thankful for my family and friends, LuLaroe and Instant Pot.

Imagine taking naps yes naps and browse and watched movie while preparing Turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole ,  dressing or some call it stuffing, green beans casserole, rolls, dessert. And I did my grocery shopping on Tuesday night except for the turkey.

Can’t be any easier.  I have bad back problem so, standing in front of the stove for a long period of time is definitely no bueno for me. Thanks to my Instant Pot I had my sit down time a lot. 

Cranberry sauce, I have posted the steps in my previous blog, just  click on that link :).

Sweet potato casserole. This one I used 8 medium size sweet potatoes. 1 cup water in the pot, then put the sweet potatoes on top of the rack that comes with my Instant Pot. Close the lid and the vent. Press manual function 12 minutes and walk away. Note to my self 10 minutes should be OK for next time. Once it beeped, release the pressure, use extra caution on this process as always. The steam coming out from the vent is extremely hot. Well take the sweet potatoes out. Peel it. Oh and I literally peel this like flipping pages on a book. That easy! Then mashed them or you can take out your other kitchen warrior, the kitchen aid mixer. I was to lazy, I just mashed manually.. the heck I need my arm exercise anyway. Ha! it was so soft I barely burn the calories from my homemade yogurt I had for breakfast. 

Back to the mashed sweet potato..I add 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1 to 2 tablespoons cinnamon, a pinch of salt and butter around 3 or 4 tablespoons. Then pour the dish, baked for 20 minutes, add the topping ,  I did marshmallows because my boys do not like nuts. Bake for another 10 minutes or  so until light brown.

I know you are dissapointed right now as I was too. I didn’t do this one in instant pot. Though I could have. My sausage apple cranberry stuffing. 

Basically just brown 1 lbs sausage ,  chopped onion an celery, sautee until the onion translucent and the sausage cooked through. Add dried cranberry and seasoning, the usual salt pepper and poultry seasoning, a lot coz I like the smell of sage in it, I added little more sage. Well then turn off the stove and add in the toasted bread cube or the prepacked Pepperidge stuffing. Mix and pour in chicken broth until you get the consistency you like..moist, not mushy. Pour into the pan, topped with butter and bake for 35 minutes. I add more broth as needed to keep them moist. 

And the benefit of Instant Pot…no more broth in the cartoons. 1 whole chicken can make tons of broth. I made a lot and freeze them. See Instant Pot still participate in this dish ;).

Greenbeans casserole…Ok before I let Instant Pot came into my life, I used canned greenbeans. I tried to reduce using canned by making the sauce from scratch but still using the oh so famous canned greenbeans. Not this year!

I was thinking I can make my greenbeans from fresh or frozen greenbeans in my Instant Pot. I think I will cook them with either ham or bacon and chicken broth…hey another homemade chicken broth being used here. 

So there I went ahead..I sautee or brown some chopped bacon and onion then add my green beans and chicken broth. As a good Instant Pot-head, close the lid and the vent. Press MANUAL 4 minutes. 

While the greenbeans cooking,  I started making my roux, you know the drill.. Butter flour. Yes we love mushroom so when I melt my butter in the pan….wait not in the pot? .. Arghhh another minus point for me. OK in the pan, melt the butter, sautee the mushroom then add the flour. 

By now your green beans are cooked. So dumped everything in the pan, stir until it mix well, no clumpy flour, medium heat. While stirring and thinking why don’t I use my other Instant Pot to do this?… stir and add thyme salt pepper as needed, and milk. I just pour to get it look creamy and right to my eyes and smells good. My greenbeans has cheese in it. couple cups of sharp cheddar help to thicken the sauce. Pour in the dish and bake until bubbly, say 20 to 25 minutes from cold. Then add the fried onion and bake for another 10 to crisp the onion. I said from cold because I made this the night before Thanksgiving and pour it in the dish, let it cool and covered and into the fridge they went. All if them except for the gravy and mashed potato. Oh and the rolls. And the Mango cobbler…and..I think that’s it.

Mashed potatoes. Never again boil my potatoes on the stove. We made a lot of mashed potatoes with dinner with meatloaf, for my shepherd pie etc etc. A lot..I guess we just love them hahaha.

5 lbs potatoes peeled, you don’t have to peeled them if you like the skin, quatered them. Sometimes I leave them whole. Add 3 cups of chicken broth salt pepper and throw in 7 small cloves garlic, and you know the drill by now..

Close that lid and vent yes! Then press Manual 8 to 10 minutes depending on how many you put in the pot. Once beeped, release the pressure, take the pot out after to open the lid of course. And mashed away in the pot. Add butter, creamchese, milk, seasoned more to your liking. And you just made Cheesy garlic mashed potato that is creamy and fluffy and yummy..

The rolls…My other kitchen warrior into this task. The  Breadmaker! See… I am lazy. I like to eat and cook but I don’t like making hard stuffs. Dump and walk away in everything if possible.  

This one Dump in order, 250 ml warm milk, 4 egg yolks, 500 gram bread flour, about 4 tablespoons sugar, a pinch of salt, 15 gram milk powder and 11 gram yeast, oh and a stick of butter. Run the dough cycle and walk away. Once done, dump the dough on floured board cut into 16 pcs, rolled or shaped to whatever you like. Arrange in greased pan, let it sit for another 30 minutes before baking them. 350°f Preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when you tap them with wooden spoon. Out from the oven and brush them with butter.

Turkey..Spatchcock turkey a.k.a butterflies turkey. Dry brined my turkey the night before after I turn it into butterfly..a fat and chunky butterfly it is. My dry brine contains kosher salt, light brown sugar, cracked black pepper, garlic and onion powder, thyme. Rubbed the mixture on the turkey, inside out, under the skin. Then let it sit in the fridge overnight. uncovered so that the skin dries out…on the roasting rack with paper towels underneath. 

The next day, take them out, let it sit for 30 minutes then smothered them with the herb butter. Again inside out under the skin all over the turkey. Then baked in preheated 350°f oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until it reached 160°f on the breast part. Or when the juice in between the thigh and breast running clear when you cut them, that’s the old way to check the doneness of your turkey. 

My herb butter was a stick of butter mixed with fresh finely chopped of thyme, rosemary and sage.

The result…moist turkey with crispy skin. Definitely a do again next year.

Last but not least, my hubby made his mango cobbler. Yes mango baby! Started by accident…Beautiful oops we said. We wanted to make peach cobbler, that day we went to the asian grocery store for other stuffs and too lazy to make another stop. Guess what..they did not have canned peaches..weird. So I said use mango. They look the same, same texture..kinda. We did and never go back to peaches since then. 

This is a very easy recipe ya’ll. 4 cans of those mango in lite syrup. Only use the syrup from 1 can. Discard the rest of the other syrups from those other 3 cans. No don’t throw away the mangoes!. They all go into a 9×13 Pyrex pan. Sprinkle cinnamon over them. Now get a mixing bowl, dump 1 yellow cake mix, 1 block of 8 oz creamcheese and mix them just until they are crumbly. Cover those mangoes with that mixture. Last, melt a stick of butter and drizzle all over the mixture. Baked in 350°f Preheated oven for maybe around 30 minutes until golden brown on top bubbly around the edges. Served them warm is best topped with cinnamon or caramel ice cream ,  which we did. 

It was the best no stress yummy Thanksgiving for me and my family. Mostly me, coz I was not stress and that makes my boys not stress. Ha! Thankful for Instant pot and my other kitchen warriors!

Oh and The 7 on 1 – 6 quarts instant pot is on sale today. Check them out on amazon. Half the price! 

Cranberry sauce in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Why? one of my friend asked when I mentioned I want to try to make it in Instant Pot this year. She said it’s not hard on the stove or just get the canned one. True..I have been making mine on the stove .  And tried in the oven last year. Not a big fan of the cannes ones. The oven method was good. One method to use if you do not want to stand in front of the stove stirring. So Instant Pot method also eliminating that standing ovation, well reduce to the very minimum. 

First you need a bag of good fresh cranberries. it has 12 oz in it. wash and dump the 10 oz into the pot, along with zest of 1 big orange and the juice. Add 1 large apple, cored, peeled , and diced. Throw in 1/2 cup sugar, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. put the pot in the base, closed the lid and vent, press manual 1 minute and walk away. 

Once it beeped, let it sit 7 minutes. I actually let it sit 12 minutes because we were discussing about adopting a puppy and got carried away and forgot about my cranberries. But turned out it was still fine. Not burn or anything like that. I open the vent and lid and it looked a little loose. Add the remaining 2 oz cranberries and another 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir until those 2 oz cranberries popped. Stir for another minute or two and I was done. Perfect consistency and not too sweet and not too tart. It is so good that I can’t stop licking the spoon after pouring them in the jars. Now they are cooling down nicely. One big jar for Thanksgiving day. One smaller one for my breakfast in the morning with the yogurt I made last night in the Instant Pot.

Now all I need to do is go to bed early so that morning comes fast and I will have my yogurt with the wonderful cranberries. Can’t wait!

10 oz cranberries, zest and juice from 1 orange, 1 large apple, 1/2 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Manual 1 minute, NPR 7 minutes

When I open the lid, it looked a little loose.

Just stir until the 2 oz cranberries popped

Done

Perfect consistency

Cooling down

Cream Puff

 

Ingredients:
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Directions:
Mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.

When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.