Friday, December 28, 2012

Deviled Eggs in the Pressure Cooker!

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: Yields:
• 6 eggs
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tsp. dry mustard
• 1/4 onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 stalk celery, finely chopped
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Paprika for garnish
12 deviled eggs
  • Put 1/2 cup water in small pressure cooker or pressure skillet, add room temperature 
  • eggs (removed from refrigerator for 10 minutes or longer) to bottom of cooker.
  • Close and lock the lid in place and heat up to build pressure until the blue indicator 
  • rises.
  • Turn down the heat when the second white ring appears, and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Release the pressure using the button on the handle or place pressure cooker in sink 
  • and pour cold water over the lid until it opens.
  • Cool eggs in cold water until cool enough to handle, and peel the eggs.
  • Cut eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks and mash with remaining ingredients.
  • Use two spoons to refill egg white halves (you may also use pastry tube or a storage
  • bag with a corner tip cut off).
  • Sprinkle with paprika for garnish.
Alternate: For regular hard boiled eggs, follow steps 1-5 above. To make these more devilish
use chili powder or hot paprika instead of regular paprika.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Warm Winter Breakfast, in Half the Time!

Steel cut oats are a form of oatmeal in which the grains have been chopped into little bits, instead of rolled flat, like most oatmeal. Sometimes you will see this sold as Scottish or Irish oats, but few people buy it because it takes about 30 minutes to cook. You can cook them in a slow cooker but when you wake up on a cold winter morning and want a warm breakfast, it's too late to plug in the slow cooker. Pressure cooker to the rescue! Cooking steel cut oats in the pressure cooker cuts the prep time in half! If you have young children, let them know that this is the porridge they read about in fairy and folk tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Pressure Cooked Steel Cut Oats
1 cup whole grain steel cut oats
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Dash of salt

Combine ingredients in pressure cooker pot. Close lid and heat on high. When pressure is up to high setting (two white rings on Fissler Vitaquick pressure cooker) reduce heat to medium and let cook at high pressure setting for 4 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow pressure to reduce naturally (this will take 10 to 15 minutes). Once white rings on pressure indicator are no longer visible, unlock and remove lid. Stir to blend water and oats
Remove cinnamon stick and serve, topped with milk, fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts and/or your favorite sweetener – brown sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.