“Chicken stock with a whole chicken, shock horror!”, I can hear the purists scream from here! Well, yes. When you’re a working parent trying to keep your head above water you do not mind this type of thing that much and the stock is super tasty so, if I’m going to keep my head above water, it might as well be delicious chicken stock (or broth as some like to call it), in my Instant Pot of course!…
I’ve cooked this Instant Pot Gooey Chocolate Pudding a few times and it’s really good!…
When I scribbled notes for this recipe, I entitled it Tasty Mince with a Feisty Kick. As you may know by now, there are days when I am all about flavours. I like to look at what’s in the fridge and in the cupboard and improvise. This happened during one of those days, also known as the day after I received two pudding basins to play with my Instant Pot so, clearly, something had to happen pot in pot. Right?
So, what is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking? I have a whole post about it right here. It really is not very difficult and, once you have the hang of it, you’ll love it and will be thinking ahead to decide what else you can cook in your Instant Pot at the same time as your normal meals.
I used this Arga Pudding Mould (perfect for Crème Caramel too) but to be honest it is quite flimsy for the price. Although at the same time fantastic for Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking. You could use any bowl that fits in your Instant Pot, always bearing in mind the requirements. And a taller trivet is handy to have. Find all details of the dimensions you need in my What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking post.
You can totally cook this Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce without the PIP rice of course! The mince is totally worth it as it’s so full of flavour. Or you could replace the rice with quartered potatoes in the pot-in-pot bowl and almost cover them with water then proceed as below (pretend they are the rice). In fact this is great for those of you wanting to make cottage pie. Can I feel a new recipe coming soon?
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Instant Pot Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Rice
What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking?
Pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking basically means cooking something inside a pot (or bowl) that is then placed inside your Instant Pot’s inner pot. Pot in pot. In this case “a pot inside the inner pot”.
The bowl is placed on a trivet, with water underneath to generate the necessary steam. It can also be used for layered cooking: imagine your cottage pie mix cooking in the inner pot underneath the trivet and the potatoes for the mash cooking at the same time in a bowl placed on the trivet.
This method maximises the space in your Instant Pot and your energy use! When you’re ready to try it, make sure you give my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Rice.
Ox cheeks are a cut best braised (first fried and then slow cooked for hours) or fantastic pressure cooked, so easy in the Instant Pot. The meat becomes melt-in-the-mouth tender. Instant Pot Ox Cheeks in Stout are delicious.…
Cooking gammon in the Instant Pot is easy, painless and, above all, tasty. Instant Pot ham though is not great for my waist line as I seem to snack on it all day (particularly good dipped in Quirky Cooking’s BBQ Sauce if you haven’t glazed it!). In my defence, it’s really, really nice and well, it’s there in the fridge, all I have to do is pinch a bit.
There are two ways of cooking Instant Pot ham, all details here….
Helen’s Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Mushroom is a delicious dish with lots of flavour. An easy mid-week dish, nice and warming for this time of the year.
In Helen’s words: blooming delish. Who is Helen? Helen is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas communities, of course.
Dotted around this post you will find photos of Helen’s Chinese Chicken and Mushroom as well as Vanessa’s, who you all know as the Feisty Tapas Christmas Fairy.
You’ll find all my Instant Pot recipes here.
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I grew up with Flan de Huevo (the Spanish version of Creme Caramel) as a basic dessert, a treat after lunch out, above all surrounded with whipped cream.
Nic is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas community. I’ve had the pleasure of having her in my home in 2014, of seeing her at the Quirky Cooking workshop near Leicester in 2015 and even at the cook-up in Stamford in 2015 (man that all seems a long time ago now!). Did I not see you in 2016 Nic? We need to rectify that in 2017! This is her Sausage and Apple Casserole for the Instant Pot or, as she christened it: Sausage and Apple Pot.
Perhaps it should be Sausage and Apple (Instant) Pot?
We really enjoyed this dish, my tip would be to replace the courgette with leeks (or adding both courgette and leeks). You could also skip the potatoes and serve with mash instead (less of an all-in-one dish that way though and we do love one-pot meals that mean less washing-up!).
If you decide to do mash the Instant Pot way: 250 ml of cold water (right from the tap) in the inner pot, trivet with quartered potatoes on top (or in a steamer basket in which case no need for the trivet), press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button, 10 minutes. Just mash as you normally would. I tend to mash with a bit of milk, a bit more butter than milk and black pepper. You can set this to cook any time of the day and the Instant Pot will keep it warm for you to mash whenever you’re ready to eat. You can do a quick release or a natural release. It’s the perfect Instant Pot side dish.
You can find all my Instant Pot recipes right here. If you haven’t got an Instant Pot yet, what are you waiting for? The new LUX model, V3, is now out and it is awesome, this one can pressure cook for up to 240 minutes.
|Jayson liked this one, a lot, these are his photos|
Nic’s Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Sausage and Apple Pot
Instant Pot Baked Camembert and no risk of it burning if you forget you have it in the oven!…
Last year the Feisty Tapas crew went crazy for lime pickle for the Christmas makes. Preparing lime pickle the traditional way is a lengthy process so this year I have put my research hat on (doesn’t it look cute?) to see if we could speed up the process. A lot of reading and notes later, yes we can! It may not be the authentic way of doing it but it has all the flavour and you can do it in no time ready for curry night or to surprise a friend or loved one if they are the ones cooking you the curry, just remember it’s best if you let it mature for a week before eating, let those flavours combine.
This All-in-One Pressure Cooker Sausage and Tomato Pasta was improvised today in the Instant Pot for the little Tapita’s dinner, it went down so well that I thought I’d share it with you all. Even better, there are leftovers.
The little Tapita very excitedly proclaimed that the sauce and the pasta taste like dumplings. She’s very into dumplings since we have a dumpling man at Ely Market on Saturdays.
I used Heck’s Chicken Italia sausages, they are very thin, like chipolatas, if you are using thicker sausages, make sure you fry them really well otherwise they may not be quite cooked in the short time it takes to cook the pasta.
I have another one pot pasta recipe for the Instant Pot right here. And a fabulous Mac and Cheese recipe here. Soon I’ll publish my one pot Tuna Pasta too. All my Instant Pot recipes are right here, all with UK ingredients and measurements.
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How are you at following recipes to the letter? Me? Incapable. This is how this Instant Pot All-in-One Lamb Shanks recipes came about.
You know those days when you’re feeling organised and you’re going to cook a particular recipe and then realise you’re missing key ingredients and in fact you have certain other ingredients that could do with using up……
Did you know there’s such a thing as a National Chocolate Week? There is, and it’s right now. Not that I need an excuse to celebrate or eat chocolate any day of the year! In this household the chocolate we buy regularly is Lind’ts 85%. That’s dark, very dark. But the little Tapita absolutely loves it. The other day I had the chocolate next to the beef I was buying in my basket at the supermarket and I thought to myself: “well, husband does add cocoa to his chilli, doesn’t he?”.
This Chocolatey Beef Stew makes a luscious sauce, enjoy with a nice glass of red wine if you can. Or a beer. Can you tell I am still off the alcohol due to my meds? At least I can eat chocolate, in everything it would appear.
I made this in my Instant Pot, you can make it in your stove-top pressure cooker if you have one. I like the Instant Pot because I don’t have to babysit it, I just leave it to it and I get on with life (or with putting my feet up). You will find all my Instant Pot recipes here and, if you’re a newbie, you will find my guide to get started here.
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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.…
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 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.…
This Instant Pot Lemony Whole Chicken has become so popular, it makes me so happy!
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 or you could freeze it until you have more bones to add (and then pressure cook bone broth from frozen).
Chicken goes a long way in the Tapas household and I bet it does in yours too!
Also, the liquid that is left is especially good to freeze in cubes and use to flavour stews, casseroles, even all-in-one pasta dishes.
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Instant Pot Lemony Whole Chicken
– 1 whole chicken (you can fit up to a 2.5 kg bird in the Instant Pot, that was the weight of mine this time)
– 1 lime
– 1 lemon
– 1 large onions or two medium ones, very thickly sliced (approx. 2 cm thick)
– 1 carrot, sliced lengthways
– 5 garlic cloves, not peeled but whacked with the hand
– 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 1 tablespoon mixed herbs (I make my own mix of equal parts of rosemary, marjoram, parsley and oregano)
– 250 ml vegetable stock (I make my own stock in the Instant Pot or the Thermomix, find the recipe here). You can add it cold but I added it hot, it means that the pot will reach pressure faster
– Salt, a good pinch
– Black pepper, a few twists of the pepper mill
1. Zest the lemon and the lime. Reserve.
2. Juice the lemon and the lime. Reserve.
3. With a sharp knife, stab what you have left of the lemon and the lime, through the skin. Insert the lemon and lime inside the chicken cavity.
4. Place the onion and the carrot in the pot to create a bed for the chicken.
5. Add the garlic cloves, the teaspoon of turmeric, the tablespoon of mixed
herbs, the 250 ml of stock (hot), the salt and the black pepper.
6. Place the chicken on top, breast side down. Pour the reserved lemon zest and juice on the bird. Add a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Press Manual, leave at 30 minutes for a bigger bird, you can do 25 minutes for a smaller bird. Natural release. In a conventional stove-top pressure cooker bring the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for about 25-30 minutes (the psi is higher), turn off the heat and do a natural release.
Note: There are a lot of lovely juices at the end, I blended some of it with the vegetables for a lovely smooth thick sauce but also kept some of the juices for a thinner sauce. Probably used half for each thing. Lovely moist chicken.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know how you get on!
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Instant Pot Lemony Whole Chicken
- Instant Pot
- 1 whole chicken you can fit up to a 2.5 kg bird in the Instant Pot, that was the weight of mine this time
- 1 lime
- 1 lemon
- 1 large onions or two medium ones very thickly sliced (approx. 2 cm thick)
- 1 carrot sliced lengthways
- 5 garlic cloves not peeled but whacked with the hand
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon mixed herbs I make my own mix of equal parts of rosemary, marjoram, parsley and oregano
- 250 ml vegetable stock I make my own stock paste concentrate in the Instant Pot or the Thermomix (or both), find the link in the Notes. You can add the stock cold but I added it hot, it means that the pot will reach pressure faster so it can sometimes affect cooking time
- Salt a good pinch
- Black pepper a few twists of the pepper mill
- Zest the lemon and the lime. Reserve.
- Juice the lemon and the lime. Reserve.
- With a sharp knife, stab what you have left of the lemon and the lime, through the skin. Insert the lemon and lime inside the chicken cavity.
- Place the onion and the carrot in the pot to create a bed for the chicken.
- Add the garlic cloves, the teaspoon of turmeric, the tablespoon of mixed herbs, the 250 ml of stock (hot), the salt and the black pepper.
- Place the chicken on top, breast side down. Pour the reserved lemon zest and juice on the bird. Add a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Press Manual, leave at 30 minutes for a bigger bird, you can do 25 minutes for a smaller bird. Natural release. In a conventional stove-top pressure cooker bring the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for about 25-30 minutes (the psi is higher), turn off the heat and do a natural release.
Some days you just need to use up something in the fridge because you hate waste but your energy levels are really low and all you can think of is putting your feet up. Well, this is exactly how this Pressure Cooker Beef with Mexican Spices recipe came about for my Instant Pot and this is also why it’s so easy!
Basically a case of throwing ingredients in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot and letting it do its thing….
A lovely refreshing summery salad perfect prepared ahead for work lunches. Puy lentils pressure cook really quickly (I use an Instant Pot). They also don’t take long in a pan on the hob if you don’t have a pressure cooker but electric pressure cookers allow you the convenience of programming it and getting on with other things, no need to hang around….
The Feisty Tapas community is on fire lately, full of creative recipes, putting me to shame with my lack of energy as I learn a whole new concept for someone like me “pacing myself”. Basically, it means turning 42 years of “me” upside down and starting small, saving energy for the next day, the next hour even, constantly saving spoons in my energy bank. This Sticky Sesame Chicken, extra quick in an Instant Pot or the pressure cooker you may have, is an extra special dish for days when I really need to cook an easy dinner, the meat is so tender you’ll think you’re dining out rather than at home. Thanks Fran A!