Oh my gosh, you guys…I have a new love. And he plugs into the wall and makes my dinner-hour-woes so much more manageable. Yes, I’m talking about my pressure cooker. Have any of you used one? Or did you just get one recently for Christmas and haven’t jumped in and started using it yet? Well, get ready for a new best friend.
Here’s why I call it my dinner-hour-woes. I consistently put off even thinking about dinner time until it’s about 4:00 p.m. and I end up scrambling for what to throw together for my 4 little birdies, plus one large bird (husband) for dinner in about an hour or so. Ugggh, it becomes such a chore. I usually end up wishing I would have put something in my crock pot that morning because even though I don’t mind making a complicated recipe, I don’t have enough arms. My kiddos all tend to need me most right around this time of day….so the easier the recipe, the BETTER! But here’s why I love my pressure cooker……I can still throw things together in that pot (even as late as 4:00) and have something ready to place on the table when Steve walks in the door from work around 5:30-6. It. Has. Been. HEAVENLY!!!!!!!!
So, what the heck is a pressure cooker? And why does it sound like something your grandma used 700 years ago to can her peaches? (Or was I the only one that thought that?!) Well, this is where you’re wrong. While, yes, it was traditionally used in many households for canning fruits and veggies, it’s actually this really cool cooking vessel that seals tightly and increases pressure inside, which speeds up the cooking process (and uses less energy).
I shared a Candied Sweet Potato recipe a few months ago that I made for Thanksgiving that takes only 4 minutes of cook time to turn raw sweet potatoes into a gloriously delicious side dish!
But, I have to admit, my favorite thing to make in my Pressure Cooker…..is MEAT!!! Pork roast, beef roast, chicken breast, anything. And yeah, it only takes about 75 minutes of cook time for tender shreds of generally tough meat (that takes 6+ hours in my slow cooker)! Oh my. (But if you want to use your pressure cooker as a crock pot and cook something all day, without the pressure, you can do that too. So cool.)
Here’s the deal. I didn’t know much about the pressure cooker and what it could really do, until my friend Cami (blogger at Tidbits) shared with me her eBook that she and her sister Marci created, “Master the Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook”…..and I learned what a magical little vessel I now had sitting on my counter!
After pouring over all the super cool tips and advice from the eBook (even before looking over the recipes), I was shocked. I had no idea this machine could do so much….and create so many tender and flavor rich foods! Seriously guys, this machine will blow your socks off.
My first recipe from the book, was this Pork Burrito Bowl meat, which we use for pork tacos and pork nachos! But you guys…..this pulled pork is like no other flavor I’ve tried. It has fresh orange and lime, as well as garlic and cumin and variety of other spices that blend together for a super flavorful meat, that is now our FAVORITE pulled pork recipe!!!!