Any kitchen is incomplete without that robust, sturdy looking default essential commodity known as a pressure cooker, or simply, a cooker. Imagine how empty and soulless a kitchen counter would look without it. Invented in the 17th century, this appliance has experienced innumerable modifications till date and gained a special place in our homes.
Have you ever been in a situation where you have a delicious recipe, but not enough time to make it? Have you ever run late in getting the food cooking before your dinner guests arrive? If yes, then never be in those situations again! Pressure cookers cook your amazing recipe whether it be meat or soup in just a portion of the time any other cookware can. By creating a pressure chamber of heat and tasty goodness, your food is ready faster. The pressure inside the pot also creates more moisture, sealing your meat in hot liquids and spices, making it the most desirable, tender meat you can cook.
It all started with a necessity of speeding-up the cooking process in order to reduce the cooking time. The earliest version of a pressure cooker was made up of cast iron. Today, it is available in stainless steel and aluminium variety. This portable appliance essentially comprises of four parts: a metal pan body, a lid having a gasket, a pressure regulator and a metal plate for keeping utensils above the water level. As it involves a high pressure build-up in a short period of time, this assembly comes with appropriate safety measures. It usually has interlock lids and two to three safety valves. It can be used to cook multifarious pressure cooker recipes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, with great efficiency. Here are top 5 delicious and quick pressure cooker recipes.
Char Siu Pork Recipe
Char Siu is a Chinese version of barbeque, the pork is cooked in a pressure cooker for an extra tender, juicy and stress free meal. Serve this with the sticky or long-grain white rice and a steamed or stir-fried medley of bell peppers, carrot, snow peas, sliced baby corn and chestnuts.
Provencale Chicken Supper
This rustic dish takes its cue from the typical fare served in provence, a region in southeastern part of France that is known for dishes highlighting fresh local ingredients such as garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, olives and sweet bell peppers. Make sure to use bone-in chicken breasts for this recipe, or substitute bone in chicken thighs.
Place the chicken in an electric cooker: sprinkle with basil, salt, black pepper. Add the bell pepper, beans and tomatoes. Cover with lid. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
Feijoada is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that is traditionally served over rice with fresh orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a cooker makes it possible to serve this rich dish with a couple amount of time.
Cheesy Spinach- Artichoke Dip
Guests will be delighted to find this restaurant favourite on your buffet table. Get this appetizer started in pressure cooker a couple of hour ahead, and then make your final party preparation. The dip will be ready just as partygoers being to arrive.
Ginger-Lemon Hot Toddies
Ginger infuses this lemony hot toddy with spiciness: the perfect antidote to chilly winter weather. After you add the alcohol, turn the pressure cooker on and serve for your guests.
With the evolution of technology, rice cookers and electric cookers are also being released recently besides traditional pressure cookers. Nonetheless, it is impossible to replace this 350-year old cooking buddy which is the life and the very soul of each and every kitchen.