What better time to show off your power pressure cooker prowess than when family and friends are over for a holiday meal? This appliance, which has quickly become an alternative to hours-long meal prep, can help you craft a vast array of main courses and appetizers for guests to enjoy.
Halloween: Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seeds.
Ingredients: 2 cups of cooked pumpkin, 1 cup of cider, 5 cups of chicken stock, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 apples cored and quartered, 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 onion peeled and diced, 1 carrot peeled and diced and 1 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds.
1: Place inner pot into the Power Pressure Cooker XL. Place butter in the inner pot and press the “chicken/meat” button.
2: Add the carrots and onions. Cook for 10 minutes.
3: Add the remainder of the ingredients except for the cream and pumpkin seeds. Stir well. Press the “cancel” button.
4: Place the lid on your pressure cooker. Lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to the closed position.
5: Press the “soup/stew” button. Set timer to 10 minutes.
6: Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will switch to “keep warm.” Press the “cancel” button and switch the pressure release valve to the open position. Remove the lid after steam has been completely released.
7: Stir in the cream and serve with garnish of pumpkin seeds.
Ingredients: 2 baguettes cut into cubes, 8 ounces of ground sausage, 3 diced celery sticks, .5 cups of diced onions, 8 ounces of quartered mushrooms, 1 large diced carrot, .5 cup of chicken stock, 4 ounces of butter, 1.5 teaspoon of poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme, 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley, .5 teaspoon of salt and .5 teaspoon of freshly-ground black pepper.
1: Place the inner pot in the pressure cooker
2: Press the “soup/stew” button and set for 10 minutes
3: Melt the butter and add ground sausage. Sauté until brown.
4: Add vegetables and sauté for 4 minutes. Add seasonings.
5: Add stock and fold in cubed baguette.
6: Secure the lid on the cooker. Lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to “closed.”
7: Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will automatically switch to “keep warm.” Press the “cancel” button and switch the pressure release valve to “open.” Do not remove the lid until steam has been completely released.
8: Serve or transfer to an over-safe dish and bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees to crisp.
Fourth of July: Sloppy Joes.
Ingredients: 2 pounds of lean ground beef, 1 chopped onion, 1 cup of diced green bell pepper, an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 teaspoon of ground mustard, 1 tablespoon of spiced mustard, 1.5 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
1: Place the inner pot into the pressure cooker. Press the “rice/risotto” button and set for 6 minutes. Add olive oil sand heat.
2: Brown the meat and drain excess fat and cook garlic and onions.
3: Add all ingredients into the inner pot.
4: Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock. Switch the pressure release valve to “closed.” Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will switch to “keep warm.” Press the “cancel” button and switch the release valve to “open.” Remove the lid once the steam has been completely released and serve.