Saturday, October 7, 2017

Chicken Congee in the Instant Pot

This is seriously so comforting and flavorful. If you haven't had congee before, you must try this! Great for kids and adults!!

3/4 C Jasmine rice
6.5 to 7 C cold water
5 to 6 chicken drumsticks
1 T sliced ginger (I didn't have any on hand, and it was fine without)
Green onion for garnish
salt, to taste

1. Rinse your rice under cold water by gently scrubbing it with your fingertips in a circling motion. Pour out the milk water and rinse until the water is clear. Drain well.
2. Add ginger, drumsticks, and water into the pot with the rice. Do not add salt. If you want more congee, instead of 3/4 C, add 1 C rice and 9- 9 3/4 C of water)
3. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes and allow for a natural release.
4. Open the lid. It will look watery. Heat up the pot on saute and stir until desired thickness.
5. Use tongs to separate chicken from the bone. Remove bones and skin.  Remove congee from heat and top with green onion and salt to taste in individual serving bowls. This can be frozen and tastes great when thawed!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Plum Tarts

These babies make for a beautiful photoshoot, don't you think? Perfect for your instagram! I had plums on hand, which I bought randomly, never even trying plums, and boy they are mighty good.

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to directions
1 lb red plums, apricots, or peaches, pitted, and cut into 1/2'' wedges
1/4 C sugar
freshly ground black pepper
1 T honey
flaky sea salt
optional course sugar

Preheat oven to 425. Cut pastry into 6 squares and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick them with a fork and then top with plums, leaving a 1/2'' border. (note to self: I want to try putting course sugar along the edges next time I make these.) Sprinkle with sugar, a few grinds of pepper and bake in the oven 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking. Drizzle wit honey and sprinkle with salt just before serving.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Whoa! I made this on the fly for a guest visiting last minute. It's pretty dangerous and pretty dynamite. I added a couple extra drops of mozzarella cheese at the top. This would make a great party appetizer or could be used for one of those nights you just want dip and chips.

Navy bean, bacon, and spinach soup (pressure cooker)

This was a pretty delicious soup made in the instant pot! I would love to make it again and freeze some batches. You can find the recipe here at SkinnyTaste.