Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fissler Vitaquick now in North America: Start Pressure Cooking!

Vitaquick pressure cookers just went up at Fissler USA. Check out all the different sizes, and start making "Gourmet Fast Food". That's the title of the recipe book that comes with every new Fissler Vitaquick. Here's a preview recipe to get you up to speed.

Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)
Yields: 4-6 servings


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs or
        breasts, boneless and
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dark beer
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Instructions:
    1. Coat the chicken in a mixture of flour, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cut thighs or breasts in half if pieces are very large.
    2. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in the cooker, and brown the chicken about 2 minutes per side on medium-high heat. Remove the chicken and set aside.
    3. Add one more tablespoon of oil to the cooker and add the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is brown and puffed.
    4. Stir in onions, garlic, 1 tsp salt, and cumin. Cook until the onions are tender.
    5. Stir in the tomato sauce, beer, and broth. Place the chicken gently on top of the rice mixture.
    6. Close and lock the lid in place. Heat on high until pressure builds and the indicator rod rises.  Turn down the heat when the second white ring appears on the indicator rod, and cook for 7 minutes.
    7. Turn off the heat, and release the pressure by pressing the button on the handle or by running cold water over the lid in the sink. Once all pressure is released, open the lid.
    8. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Food From the Grill and Jordan Wine in the Glass

    We post recipes here at Fissler Foodies so that you can make fabulous food. And when you go to the effort to cook a great meal, it's nice to complement it with a great wine. We discovered some great wine recently when we attended Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary party. And when we explored Jordan's website we found great recipes!

    Jordan makes only two wines: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. I usually don't like Chardonnay but this one was dry and not overly oaky, characteristics that made it transcend the typical California chardonnay. The Cab was fantastic. I know good wine when I taste it, thought I'm not a wine expert so I'm going to quote a few words from the winemaker that definitely applied to my experience: "smooth, approachable, a spectrum of fruit flavors...interwoven with a hint of spicy oak".

    The recipe section of Jordan's website is especially helpful for people like me who appreciate good wine yet don't have special expertise, because the recipes are paired with wine suggestions. So, if you've got a good red wine, like their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, they've got some great grilling recipes, like Grilled Japanese Eggplant with Radicchio and Endive and Grilled Hanger Steak. If you don't have a barbecue grill, you can substitute a grill pan like the Fissler Solea frypan which has an innovative interior grilling surface called Novogrill.
    Fissler Solea Frypan
    Comedians Ben Gleib and Ben Morrison seen at the Jordan Winery party
    Hanger steak from the Jordan Winery website. Lots of gorgeous "food porn" like this, at the site.
    More grilled steak, at the Jordan Winery 40th anniversary party!