Friday, 30 September 2016

How to pressure cook a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot

Feisty Tapas' guide to pressure cooking a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot Pressure cooking a gammon joint or ham in your Instant Pot is easy and so tasty. Of course you can also apply this method to bacon joints and ham hocks.

First of all, you might be wondering what is the difference between gammon and ham? It's as easy as gammon is ham in its raw state. Once gammon is cooked or cured, it is called ham. So, in order to have ham, you need gammon.

There are several methods to pressure cook your gammon to turn it into ham. Catherine Phipps' rule of thumb is to allow 10 minutes at high pressure per 500g for a sliceable ham, as the Instant Pot works at a lower psi, add a few minutes minutes to the time, making it more like 11 minutes per 500g. If you want a shreddable ham, increase the time.

I cook my 700 g gammon joints for 18 minutes. I know this is longer than the times stated above but it works for me every time as I tend to buy the same size joint. You can do more than one joint at the same time, I tend to do three 700 g joints in 18 minutes (mainly because Ocado tends to have 700 g gammon joints on offer). Increase the time for bigger joints. 

If you haven't got Catherine Phipps' book, The Pressure Cooker Book, it really is worth buying. All recipes have familiar ingredients and measurements for UK Instant Pot users.

The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can leave it unattended, no need to babysit it and, do not fret, there is no rattling and no hissing. It's silent. It's sturdy. It's very safe.

I tend to use unsmoked gammon joints. If yours is smoked, you can soak it but it might not be necessary. One way to tell if a smoked gammon needs soaking is by cutting a small bit off and quickly frying it until cooked, then tasting it, if it's not too salty, no need to soak. If it's only slightly salty, you can just boil it in fresh water, discard that water. Otherwise soak it.

Who fancies Ham, Egg and Chips then? As long as you don't forget that having cooked ham in your fridge is handy for adding to risottos, pasta sauces, pizzas or even just to snack on!

My two main methods to pressure cook a gammon joint or ham in your Instant Pot are:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Chicken, serrano ham, mushroom stew - Pressure cooker, Instant Pot or conventional cooking

Chicken, serrano ham, mushroom stew - Pressure cooker, Instant Pot or conventional cooking
I am a big fan of serrano ham, it's right up there with chorizo (chorizo being the clear winner as you may have gathered from previous recipes). In particular I love serrano ham with very garlicky mushrooms (recipe here). So this Chicken, serrano ham, mushroom stew was bound to happen sooner or later.

I own an electric pressure cooker (which also slow cooks, etc.), mine is an Instant Pot and I love it for the convenience of being able to walk away from it, it means I can programme it and walk away from it without having to hang around for it to hiss and then set a timer (so, if you're making this in a stove-top pressure cooker, all you need to do is hang around and programme the time, which should be the same). All my Instant Pot and pressure cooking recipes are right here.

If you're making it the conventional way or on a slow cooker, just follow the first sauteing/frying steps and let it run for a few hours in your slow cooker.

Serve this with mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, vegetables, whatever take your fancy but don't forget a good slice of crusty bread to dip in that lovely sauce.

Don't forget to join my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group over on Facebook.


Monday, 29 August 2016

And then there were four... Feisty Tapas groups

If you have been following my journey with Feisty Tapas for a while, you'll know I absolutely love the interaction and sense of community that Facebook groups provide. So, it probably is no surprise that I now run four Feisty Tapas groups. Yes, you read right, FOUR. All groups are Closed so your participation in them will not show on your friends' feeds unless your friends are also members.

Over the last few years Feisty Tapas has changed a lot. It has gone from a space just for me to put my thoughts out there as a new mummy to a whole community. Very focused on kitchen gadgets, we make sure that the ones worth the money get used. But not just that, we also focus on health and living life, whatever it throws at you.

I sometimes receive messages and comments from old readers, the ones who have known the blog since its beginnings, when I didn't think anyone was reading. Those messages and comments mention the blog in its previous format. One in particular stuck with me. It said something like "I miss your chatty posts". It took me a while to realise that the chatty posts hadn't disappeared. They had just moved. To my Facebook groups to be exact. Or to one Facebook group at the beginning. Then to another one. Then to another one. 

My Facebook groups have become a bit of a microblogging platform for me. 

Two of my groups are still restricted to the UK, why? Well, so that we can make moments like this happen...

Saturday, 27 August 2016

One Pot Pressure Cooker Seafood Pasta (with Instant Pot instructions)

Pressure Cooker Seafood Pasta (with Instant Pot instructions)I needed a quick dinner tonight and it had to be seafood. I absolutely love seafood. This One Pot Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Seafood Pasta is very tasty, rather easy and also rather farfetchedly in the style of a quick Spanish fideuá, with thicker pasta.

Sorry for the rubbish photography but I'm blogging this one quickly for the members of my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group before I forget the recipe as this Pressure Cooker Seafood pasta was improvised in the Instant Pot tonight.

The advantage of the Instant Pot over a conventional pressure cooker is the advantage of programming it and not needing to supervise it.

Another advantage is that you can decide whether to slow cook on pressure cook in it depending on how much time you have in your hands. You can steam vegetables, cook rice and even make yoghurt in the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1. The Instant Pot LUX 6 in 1 is just as awesome*.

But, the biggest advantage of them all, is that I look after Instant Pot UK's social media so you will find me behind their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and running the Instant Pot® UK Community, basically making sure you make the most of your Instant Pot and use it regularly!

You can find all my pressure cooker/Instant Pot recipes here. If you are just getting started with your Instant Pot, you might like to read this.

Ready for the recipe?

Sunday, 7 August 2016

How to reheat frozen homemade food in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot

How to reheat frozen homemade food in a pressure cooker or #InstantPot by #FeistyTapasYou know those meals that you portion up for the freezer? Whichever gadget you cook them in (even if it's on a hob or in the oven), you can reheat them from frozen in
a pressure cooker and, of course, in an Instant Pot!

This works particularly well for bolognese, chilli, stews. Not great for fishy dishes, the fish can go a bit rubbery (I tried it with a fish curry and it wasn't great).

This is a brilliant tip that I learnt from Catherine Phipps herself, the author of The Pressure Cooker Cookbook. She does this in her stove-top pressure cookers so I adapted it to the Instant Pot:

Friday, 5 August 2016

Pressure Cooker Lemony Whole Chicken (with Instant Pot instructions)

 Instant Pot Lemony Whole Chicken (with Instant Pot instructions)There's been a lot of talk about how to cook a whole chicken lately in the Instant Pot® UK Community, a lot of brainstorming over whether the chicken should be breast down so that it's more moist. So I wanted to give it a go. I also didn't brown my chicken on Sauté this time (you can do this with some oil by pressing Sauté and then the Adjust button to set the Instant Pot to More).

The very succulent meat was used for several meals. First served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Then used in stir fries and even in sandwiches! You can pressure cook a lovely bone broth / chicken stock with the carcass once you've taken all the meat off. Chicken goes a long way in the Tapas household and I bet it does in yours too!

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 1 August 2016

Perfect steamer baskets for your Instant Pot

Perfect steamer baskets for your Instant PotI am often asked about perfect steamer baskets (sometimes called steamer inserts) for the Instant Pot available here in the UK so I thought I'd compile them in one place, the Feisty Tapas blog (of course). The Instant Pot's inner pot has a diameter of 20 cm so you need something that will fit in there (some of them actually indicate that they are suitable for 20 cm pressure cookers, like the Kuhn Rikon).

These are the steaming baskets and inserts that I have and use all the time, as well as the ones that have good reviews from the people who use them regularly. If you are happy with your steamer basket and it's not included in this list, please let me know and I'll add it to the post and probably to my basket collection!

Have you taken the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker leap? You havent? You must know by now that there is nothing to be scared of, that it has ten safety mechanisms, that it's virtually silent and that you can set it and go, right? Even better, it pressure cooks and slow cooks (and at the end keeps your food warm). But not just that, I run a Pressure Cooking group on Facebook to support you and I'm Instant Pot UK's social media girl. So, basically, you will use it! Oh and I blog Instant Pot recipes with familiar UK measurements and ingredients right here.

Ready for my list of perfect steamer baskets for your Instant Pot all available in the UK?

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