I’ve been on holiday, so to speak, but I’m back to cooking and baking and blogging!
Last year I asked for and received an electric pressure cooker for Christmas. Like a lot of kitchen appliances I used it a lot at first and hadn’t taken it out for awhile. While we were visiting our daughter and her boyfriend over Christmas they reminded me how awesome this electric pressure cooker is and I remembered why I asked for it in the first place. It was late and we hadn’t planned on what was for dinner that night. They took a soup bone out of the freezer…yes, the freezer… put the frozen bone, some vegetables, broth and spices into the pressure cooker and in less than an hour we had truly awesome, tasty soup. Just before serving they added some cooked kale and gnocchi and garnished the soup with Parmesan. How great to be able to prepare great food with complex flavors in no time at all when you’ve worked all day.
Sometimes we can learn things from our kids! When I came home the pressure cooker was put back in service.
Tonight I made beef short ribs Asian style with rice and stir fried vegetables. The pressure cooker is easy to use and makes the meat fall off the bone tender.
Beef short ribs, approximately 3-4 pounds with bone in
kosher salt and course ground pepper to taste
3 T olive oil
5-6 garlic cloves minced
1 T fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup soy salt
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup catsup (or 2 T tomato paste)
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 T cornstarch
1/4 cup water or broth
Heat 2 T of the olive oil in the pressure cooker. Generously salt and pepper the ribs, add to the pressure cooker and brown. Transfer them to a plate as they get done.
Heat the remaining 1 T of oil and add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hoisin, catsup, and broth to the pot.
Stir to blend. Return the browned meat to the pot. Lock the lid and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
Release the pressure naturally. Remove the lid tilting it away from you to avoid escaping steam. Skim off any excess fat from the top of the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil. Whisk the 2 T of corn starch into the water or broth and add to the sauce stirring until it’s thickened. Cover and keep on the warm setting until ready to serve.
While the ribs are cooking prepare the rice of your choice (jasmine, brown, long grain white).
Choose some of your favorite vegetables and do a quick stir fry. I used carrots, celery, onion, red pepper, pea pods, and broccoli.
Heat 2 T olive or sesame oil in a wok or heavy skillet. Cook your vegetables until tender crisp.
Plate your food. First the rice topped with the vegetables and short ribs. Ladle the sauce over the dish. I garnished with green onion, basil, and sesame seeds.
Short ribs with rice, stir fried veggies, and a rich, tasty sauce. It’s what was for dinner tonight.
NOTE: When I buy ginger I peel it, cut it into several pieces and freeze it in zip lock bags. I always have fresh ginger and it grates easily when frozen.
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