Pressure Cooker Rice and Peas

Or Should It Be Rice and Legumes?

Peas and Rice Plate

Is it rice and peas or rice and beans? This is the conundrum with which I am faced. I used black beans for this dish since that is what I found at the store. Sometime in SoCal it can be difficult to find much besides black beans and pinto beans, depending on which store you go to. At this particular store, I could have bought kidney beans which work well for this recipe, but they only had cans that were about the size of the old oil drums which some people make smokers out of. Anyway back to the pea or bean debate. This dish is traditionally made with pigeon peas, which I suppose is where the name is derived from, even though the pigeon pea seems to be closer to a bean, much like the humble black eyed pea, which I would also consider a bean.

Rice and PeasKidney beans are often used for this as well, especially here in the states. But as I said, I used black beans. Canned black beans I might add. Partly so everything can cook at once and partly because my goal here was to make a super-quick side dish to accompany my Brown Stew Chicken recipe.

I am posting this during the week, in my usual non-recipe post because it is one of those that is just so dang simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe.

Beans and RiceJust take a can of beans (drained but liquid reserved), 2 cups of rice (I use Basmati. Different types of rice may require adjusting the liquid a bit.), 1 can of coconut milk and enough water to make 3 – 1/2 cups of liquid when combined with the bean liquid and the coconut milk.

Put this in your pressure cooker (I used the Instant Pot so I could just set it and let it go while I worked on my chicken in the stove top pressure cooker.) Add some Allspice, dried Thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Beans Rice Onions

Lock the top on the pressure cooker and set for 4 minutes at high pressure.

When the time is up, let the pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes then do a quick release.

I like to let it sit for 2-3 minutes with the lid off in order to absorb a little more of the liquid.

Rice and Peas Finished

Makes a great side dish to any Caribbean meal!

Pressure Cooker Rice and Peas
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
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Serves: 6 servings
A quick version of the Caribbean side dish. Goes great with any Caribbean entree.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 can beans (I used black beans, you can also use red beans or kidney beans), drained and liquid reserved
  • Water as needed
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (white part and a couple inches of the green part)
Instructions
  1. Put reserved bean liquid and coconut milk in a large measuring cup
  2. Add enough water to make a total of 3-1/2 cups liquid
  3. Put rice, liquid and the rest of the ingredients in the pressure cooker pot
  4. Lock lid on pressure cooker and set to come to high pressure for 4 minutes
  5. When time is up, turn off cooker and let the pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release
  6. Remove cover
  7. I like to let it sit a couple minutes after the lid is removed to absorb a bit more liquid, but you can serve immediately if the texture is to your liking

 

Pressure Cooker Brown Stew Chicken

My Take On Caribbean Brown Stew Chicken

Update: I managed to get some photos with a bit of color when having leftovers the next day (coincidentally, while watching The Leftovers).

Brown_Stew_Chicken_NewI guess I am on a Caribbean kick lately. After making my Jerky Joes last week, here I am again hanging out in the islands. The main reason is probably that I already had those spices out and I am not finished playing with them yet.

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One thing that I have noticed is that although this dish is chock full of flavor, it is not particularly photogenic. I neglected to include something, anything, to provide a splash of color, but what I got was quite a brown photo. But I swear it is tasty.

Peppers Scallions

This is one of those recipes where no two people do it the same way, yet each person claims to do it the “right” way. Some make Brown Stew Chicken with carrots, potatoes, bell peppers and other ingredients. I went with the bell peppers, but I kept it pretty simple besides that. My twist is the addition of ginger beer rather than water. Having recently discovered cooking with this ingredient, I have really been going to town with it recently. I think it ads a nice flavor.

Seasoned Chicken

I like to use chicken thighs, because of the winning combo of price and flavor. Traditionally this dish is made with a whole cut up chicken, but I just bought a large package of thighs. Usually labeled “family pack”, I am a little embarrassed to buy such a thing for just my wife and me, but we do get a couple meals out of it. And we are technically a family.

Chicken Browning

If you want to leave out the Kitchen Bouquet it probably won’t be noticeable in the flavor, but the color just won’t be the same.

For the hot sauce, I think the Habañero Tabasco is perfect but you can use what you have on hand. I think Sriracha would work well, even though it is not exactly caribbean.

So, how do you make it? Funny should ask. I was just about to ‘splain.

Season about 4 pounds of chicken thighs with Montreal Steak Seasoning. You can use seasoning salt, or a combination of Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder.

Heat the coconut oil in your pressure cooker pan over medium-high heat. I recommend that you don’t substitute a different oil in this particular case. The coconut ads that special something to this dish.

Chicken Browned2In batches, brown the chicken on the skin-side only. I don’t think the extra time to brown the entire thing is worth it in this case. The skin is full of flavor and that is going to leave enough brown bits on the pan to make it quite tasty.

After the chicken has been browned, pour out most of the fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons.

Sauté some sweet onion and bell peppers until they start to soften (about 3-4 minutes).

Veggies Pan

Add in some garlic and green onion and continue to sauté for another minute.

Now comes 1/2 cup catsup and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often. This is where a lot of the color comes from, so you want it to slightly caramelize and darken.

Add in some allspice, thyme, salt, soy sauce, hot sauce, lime juice, Kitchen Bouquet and stir.

Vegetables Cooked

Now, put the chicken back in the pot.

Pour a cup of ginger beer over the chicken and place the top on the pressure cooker.

Chicken In Pan

Bring it up to high pressure, then lower the heat to maintain the pressure.

Set the time for 20 minutes.

When time is up, let the pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.

If you would like the sauce a little thicker, put the pot over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly. This is not a super thick stew, the sauce will be a little on the thin side.

Chicken Finished

Serve with caribbean peas and rice, a traditional side dish. The peas are actually beans, but this is what it is called, so who am I to change it? I made a super quick version, which I will post the recipe for in a few days. It is one of those “so simple it is barely a recipe” recipes, so it will be on the Wednesday post.

You could also serve this with French fries if you like.

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Pressure Cooker Brown Stew Chicken
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Caribbean
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Serves: 4-5 servings
Enjoyed throughout the caribbean, this is my zesty take on this classic
Ingredients
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning (you can use Seasoned Salt or salt, pepper and garlic powder)
  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (with skin on)
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved then sliced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (Tabasco Habanero works very well for this, Sriracha would be good as well)
  • 1 cup good quality ginger beer (make sure it is made with real ginger, not artificially flavored)
Instructions
  1. Over medium-high heat, put coconut oil in pressure cooker pot
  2. Season chicken with Montreal Steak Seasoning (You can use seasoning salt, or a combination of Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder)
  3. Brown chicken thighs (skin side only) in batches and remove to plate. Takes about 5 minutes per batch.
  4. Pour out all except about 2 tablespoons of fat
  5. Sauté the sweet onion and bell peppers until they start to soften (about 3-4 minutes)
  6. Add garlic and green onion and continue to sauté for another minute
  7. Add the catsup and brown sugar and cook for a few minutes, stirring often
  8. Add in the allspice, thyme, salt, soy sauce, hot sauce, lime juice, Kitchen Bouquet and stir
  9. Put the chicken back in the pot
  10. Pour the ginger beer over the chicken and place top on the pressure cooker
  11. Bring to high pressure
  12. When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure and set timer for 20 minutes
  13. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do quick release
  14. Put pot over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes to reduce sauce slightly
  15. Serve with caribbean peas and rice

 

Pressure Cooker Sausage Update

Sausage Update!

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It has come to my attention that my post on pressure cooker sausage may be a little vague in parts. Although not actually a recipe, I added in a couple suggestions on how to cook sausage as well as a bit more detail about what liquids and how much liquid to use when cooking sausage in your pressure cooker.

I have noticed that the sausage page is one of the most frequently visited pages on this blog, so I am hoping this update will be helpful to those looking for a quick and easy way to prepare sausage.

Just follow the link above to visit the new, updated Pressure Cooker Sausage page!

Pressure Cooker Jerky Joes

Just because they are called Jerky Joes, they are not made with jerky!

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These pork and beef Sloppy Joes with Jamaican jerk style seasonings are a spicy update to the old lunchroom classic.

It finally cooled off just enough that I can do a little cooking. With a temperature of only 80 degrees today, I even contemplated putting on long pants this morning (I only contemplated it, mind you).

I made this in the Instant Pot, so I wrote it for electric pressure cooker, but it can easily be made in any stovetop model.

Jerky Joes Ingredients

Because it is still fairly warm around here, I wanted to prepare something quick and tasty. This was easily done in the Instant Pot, so I did not even have to turn on the oven. And I served it with sweet potato chips to avoid needing to heat up a side dish.

Ketchup

It seems nearly impossible to find Scotch Bonnet peppers around here, which are traditional Jamaican peppers, so I used habeneros, which are related to Scotch Bonnets and are easy to find. You can use whichever you like. The heat level is pretty similar. If you don’t like things quite so spicy you can use jalapenos.

I have had these both with and without cheese, so the choice is yours. When I do use cheese, I prefer pepper jack.

Garlic And Jalapenos

I top them with grilled pineapple slices. Just heat a grill pan or iron skillet (dry) over medium-high heat and grill however many slices you need until they take on a little color. Flip once.

If you can find it, use the Pickapeppa sauce. They had it at my local grocery store in the hot sauce section. If you cannot find it, the closest thing would probably be Worcestershire Sauce. It has a similar flavor profile, but I recommend seeking out the Pickapeppa sauce. It gives it that “Jamaican” flavor.

Green Onions Chopped

In blender or food processor, add all the sauce ingredients. And pulse a few times until it is fairly smooth.

In the pressure cooker in a couple of tablespoons of oil, with sauté mode on high, sauté onion until translucent.

Onions Saute

Add pork and beef and sauté until broken up. It’s ok if it is a little pink, it will finish cooking under pressure.

Add the salt and pepper and top with two bay leaves.

Turn off sauté mode and add the sauce.

Pineapple Grilling

Give everything a stir, toss in a couple of bay leaves and lock top on pressure cooker.

Using manual setting, set for high pressure and 8 minutes time.

When time is up, do a quick release.

When pressure is released, remove top and turn on sauté mode on high.

Pineapple Grilled

Simmer until mixture thickens a bit (about 5 minutes).

Serve on toasted buns with a grilled pineapple ring.

To grill pineapple rings:

Put grill pan or iron skillet over high heat.

Jerky Joe Ready

Put desired number of pineapple rings between two paper towels for a minute to dry some.

When pan is hot, place pineapple rings in pan.

Flipping once, cook until they take on a little brown color.

Jerky Joe 2

Goes well with sweet potato chips.

 

Pressure Cooker Jerky Joes
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Carribean
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Serves: 8 servings
A spicy take on the old lunchroom classic. Caribbean flavors make this a tasty alternative.
Ingredients
For the sauce
  • 2-3 habanero chiles, roughly chopped (I included seeds, remove if you would like it less spicy)
  • 3 green onions, trimmed and roughly chopped (include white and most of the green part)
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Pickapeppa sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice (from the canned pineapple)
  • 1 cup catsup
  • ½ bottle ginger beer (not ginger ale)
For the meat
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. In blender or food processor, add ingredients from habaneros through ginger beer
  2. Pulse a few times until fairly smooth, some chunks ok
  3. In pressure cooker in a couple of tablespoons of oil, with sauté mode on high, sauté onion until translucent
  4. Add pork and beef and sauté until broken up. It's ok if it is a little pink, it will finish cooking under pressure.
  5. Pour the sauce in
  6. Add the salt and pepper
  7. Give it a stir and top with two bay leaves
  8. Turn off sauté mode
  9. Lock top on pressure cooker
  10. On manual setting, set for high pressure and 8 minutes time
  11. When time is up, do a quick release
  12. When pressure is released, remove top and turn on sauté mode to high
  13. Simmer until mixture thickens a bit (about 5-7 minutes)
  14. Serve on toasted buns with a grilled pineapple ring
Grilled Pineapple Rings
  1. Put grill pan or iron skillet over high heat
  2. Put desired number of pineapple rings between two paper towels to dry some
  3. When pan is hot, place pineapple rings in pan
  4. Flipping once, cook until it takes on a little brown color

 

Sneak Peek – Jerky Joes

Coming This Weekend – School Lunchroom Meets The Islands

Jerky Joe

Pork and beef Sloppy Joes with jerk seasonings.

Finally it has cooled down just enough that I can sneak in just a bit of cooking.

I was hoping that I would be able to post the recipe tonight, but alas, it is not quite ready for prime time, so it’s back to the drawing board for a little tweakage.

But this weekend, tune in for the final recipe for this zesty take on the old school lunch classic.

Pressure Cooker Weather Delay

I’m Melting, I’m Melting!

Sweaty Chef

I tried, I really tried. But the weather was such that I tried my darndest to not spend any time at all in the apartment over the last several days. It was just a couple of degrees shy of 100 outside, and just about the same indoors. I had plans to do some cooking in the morning hours but most of the weekend was spent seeking air-conditioned venues. Eating out, movies, going into stores in which I had no intention of buying anything.

This is all my way of saying that this weekend’s recipe will be delayed at least a couple of days. I will need to see what happens with the weather this week, but I will try to come up with something before next weekend.

Until then, I wonder if I can fit in the dairy case at the grocery store.

Super Quick Spinach Chickpea Curry

Delicious Spinach Chickpea Curry In A Jiffy!

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I know, “in a hurry” would have been much catchier but since there is a chain called “Hurry Curry”, I didn’t want to infringe on any copyrights and whatnot. I’m sure all major corporations are watching my blog like a hawk, just waiting for me to slip up.

This one is so simple that it barely counts as a recipe, which is why I am posting it on my Wednesday miscellany day rather than my weekend recipe day.

Garbanzo Spinach Curry Ingredients

Cue harp arpeggio:

Here’s the story, I remember it as if it were yesterday (when in fact it was four days ago).

After enjoying my Butter Chicken Recipe on Saturday, I had almost enough left for dinner on Sunday. Almost. How could I augment the leftovers to make an entire meal? I wanted something in the same family as butter chicken and something quick and easy. You see, Sunday is my pub day, and I don’t want to cook anything too complicated after a rough day at the pub.

So I decided to make a curry that actually had some sort of vegetable in it, since the chicken dish did not (except for onions and garlic). So I bought some frozen spinach, a can of chickpeas, a jar of curry sauce and an onion (you need to have something fresh).

Onion Sliced

Besides slicing and sautéing the onion, everything else is just plopped into the pot. This would also be a good crazy-quick dinner for two on its own with some rice. I think the entire thing took around 20-25 minutes.

I also made it in the Instant Pot, making it even easier.

Garbanzo Spinach In Pot

All you need to do is heat some oil on the HIGH sauté setting, and sauté the onion until it it is translucent.

Dump in a jar (15 ounce) of Madras Curry sauce, a large can (29 ounce) of chickpeas and half a 16-ounce bag of frozen spinach (or an 8-ounce package if you can find it).

Turn off the sauté mode, lock on the lid and using the manual setting, set to reach high pressure (which is the default) and 4 minutes time.

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When time is up, do a quick release, give it a stir and serve! It is excellent with a dollop of sour cream.

Super Quick Spinach Chickpea Curry
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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An extremely simple curry that can be a side dish or an easy weeknight entree
Ingredients
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced (I used the mandoline)
  • 1 jar (15 ounce) madras curry sauce
  • 1 can (29 ounce) chickpeas
  • ½ of a 16 ounce bag frozen spinach (or 1 8 ounce package, if available)
Instructions
  1. In electric pressure cooker, heat oil on high sauté mode
  2. Sauté the onion until translucent
  3. Add the curry sauce, chickpeas and frozen spinach
  4. Turn off sauté mode and lock top on pressure cooker
  5. Using the manual setting, set for high pressure and set time for 4 minutes
  6. When time is up, do a quick release
  7. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional)

 

 

Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken

The Indian Restaurant Classic Made Simple

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Butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani is a North Indian dish that can be found in most Indian restaurants, and I have even seen frozen versions in my local market. But why buy mediocre frozen versions when you can make it fresh?

My goal with this recipe was to strip it to the basics to make a fast and easy version that is perfect for a weeknight meal.

The chicken is traditionally cooked in a clay tandoor oven, but wouldn’t you know it, mine was in the shop. So, I just browned the chicken in the pressure cooker pan.

Butter Chicken Ingredients

Some may scoff at the fact that I eliminated the yogurt marinade, but that can add anywhere from another couple hours to an entire day. So if you are one of the scoffers, I will allow you a minute or so to finish your scoffing.

Onions

Ok, we are back. As you may have noticed, this is not a super authentic recipe, but it is super tasty.

As I have mentioned, boneless, skinless chicken is not really my favorite but it works well for this recipe (and it was cheap at the store). I brown it with the breasts intact to make things easier, then cut it into 2-inch chunks before adding into the sauce.

Chicken Browning

Let’s start by heating a little coconut oil and butter on medium-high heat in the pressure cooker pan. Mixing the coconut oil and butter helps keep the butter from burning.

Add the chicken breasts to the pan and brown them until they are a nice golden color, then remove them to a plate.

Lower the heat to medium and add in the rest of the butter.

Veggie Sauté

When the butter has melted, add some diced onions, along with some finely chopped ginger and Serrano chiles. If you have read many of my recipes you have probably noticed that Serrano chiles are my favorite chile to cook with. I have no idea if they are readily available everywhere, but we have them up the ying-yang here in SoCal. If your local ying-yang is not full of Serrano chiles, jalapeños will work fine. Sauté the onions, chiles and ginger until they start to soften (about 3-5 minutes).

Add in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or so.

Dump in some garam masala, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander and cayenne and sauté for 30 seconds or so. I usually put all the spices together in a small bowl so I can just add them in one swell foop, which makes things a lot easier.

Chicken In Sauce

Add a can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato paste, a tablespoon of brown sugar, one cup of coconut milk and some salt.

Stir everything together.

Now cut the chicken into 2-inch chunks and add into the sauce mixture.

Lock the top on the cooker and turn heat to high to reach high pressure.

When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure and set time for 7 minutes.

When time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for about 7 minutes on its own, then do a quick release.

If sauce looks a little thin, place over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes to thicken, stirring often.

Chicken Finished

Serve with rice, naan, or any other flatbread. You can top with a little yogurt, which I had planned on doing but totally forgot until my dinner was totally digested. I did remember for the leftovers the next day, though.

Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4 servings
The Indian Restaurant favorite, made quicker and easier in the pressure cooker
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 medium sweet onions, diced
  • 3 serrano chiles, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Yogurt (optional, for serving)
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter on medium high heat in the pressure cooker
  2. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides and remove them to a plate
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the rest of the butter
  4. Add the onions, ginger and chiles and sauté until they start to soften (about 3-5 minutes)
  5. Add in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute
  6. Dump in the spices (garam masala, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander and cayenne) and sauté for 30 seconds or so
  7. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, coconut milk and salt
  8. Stir everything together
  9. Cut the chicken into 2-inch chunks and add into the mixture
  10. Lock the top on the cooker turn heat to high to reach high pressure
  11. When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain pressure and set time for 7 minutes
  12. When time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for 7 minutes on its own, then do a quick release
  13. If sauce looks a little thin, place over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes to thicken, stirring often
  14. Serve with rice, naan, or any other flatbread