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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Instant Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef


I am still learning on perfecting my skills with the Instant Pot, but I do very much love the results when I cook with it. The only thing I wish is that I had a better grasp of how long it will take to come to pressure and for how long it will take to release the pressure naturally.  When I have other things cooking for dinner, like the cheesy refried bean casserole, it would be very helpful to know exactly how many minutes before the Instant Pot is done.  If you do things well in advance, there is no worry since the Instant Pot switches to an easy "keep warm" mode.  This beef was amazing.  We had tacos the first night and then into quesadillas with the leftovers.  This recipe was adapted from Taste and Tell.
Instant Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

1 pound beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 chipotle in adobo, chopped
1 teaspoon dried cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ onion, peeled and quartered
½ green bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
½ cup water

Set the Instant Pot to saute. Add the olive oil. Brown the roast in the heated oil, about 3 minutes per side. Spread the chipotle over the roast, then sprinkle with cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add the onion and bell pepper, pour the water around the edges of the roast. Close the Instant Pot and set for high pressure for 35 minutes. Allow the natural pressure to release when complete. Remove the meat from the Instant Pot and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Shred the meat with two forks and return to the Instant Pot, stirring into the liquid. Serve in warmed tortillas.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp


C was in London for a week for work, which meant it was seafood for dinner every night he was gone. I first became obsessed with Thai Sweet Chili sauce years ago at a sushi restaurant. They served it alongside their fried calamari appetizer. When we were in Vancouver, specifically China Town, we were looking for a spot to grab an early dinner. A man came out of a restaurant and raved to me about the Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp on the menu, he said it was a must order. And he was right! I have craved that dish for the longest time and really wanted to try and recreate it at home.  I adapted this recipe from Once Upon a Chef.
Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons bell pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
¼ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 cups cooked white rice

Toss the shrimp with the cornstarch until lightly coated. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add the shrimp and stir fry until starting to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper, ginger, garlic and sweet chili sauce, sauté for 30 seconds. Add the water and soy sauce and cook 2 minutes more. Stir in the sesame oil and serve over rice.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Instant Pot Enchiladas Verdes


I am not a huge fan of enchiladas made with a red sauce, but enchiladas with a creamy green sauce? A total obsession.  In researching my new Instant Pot, I saw all the ways you could make shredded chicken.  When I read that you could make deliciously tender chicken with only a can of enchilada sauce, I was intrigued.    I used my favorite sour cream green enchilada recipe and adapted it for the Instant Pot.  It made things incredibly easy and the chicken was amazing.  Way better than my usual go to of poaching the chicken and shredding it.  This recipe is quite generous with the sauce, so be very careful when pouring over the enchiladas. 
Instant Pot Enchiladas Verdes

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can green enchilada sauce
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
½ cup tomatillo salsa (or your favorite salsa verde)

Add the chicken and enchilada sauce to the Instant Pot. Set to “Poultry” for 10 minutes if using fresh chicken or for 30 minutes if using frozen chicken breasts. When the pressure has released, shred the chicken with two forks and return it to the cooking liquid.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 40 seconds. Mix the chicken with 1 cup of the cheese. Place a couple spoon fulls of the chicken mixture in each tortilla, roll up and place in the prepared pan.

In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or so, whisking the whole time. Whisk in the broth and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth, heat for 5 minutes until thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and salsa. Pour the sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes or so to brown the cheese. Serve.
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