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Oct 16, 2006 07:25 PM

What's your favorite pressure cooker recipe to share?

After years of hemming and hawing, I just ordered a pressure cooker (Fagor stainless steel, 6 qt).Having never used one, I've been reading up on technique, but I could use some first hand recipes that are tried and true. TIA

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  1. Any long braised recipe will work. Pressure cooking does diminish herb and spice flavors, so I usually add more after cooking.

    1. If you like short ribs, you might consider this recipe from Epicurious for Short Ribs with Asian Flavors, one of our favorites but I don't add the prunes and I DO brown the ribs before putting them into the cooker. (Well, I actually brown them in the cooker, drain off any oil and then add the sauce ingredients.) It's important to trim off as much fat as you can from the ribs prior to cooking.

      1. Use this risotto recipe as a jumping off point for all kinds of wonderful risottos. This alone makes having a pressure cooker worth its cabinet space.

        1. Not so much a recipe but an observation. My spaghetti sauce tastes much more integrated when cooked in a pressure cooker over low heat and pressure.

          1. Here's my basic pressure cooker recipe. It serves two for dinner or 4 as a side. I sometimes substitute split peas for the lentils and farro for the rice. If you use farro increase the water a bit, or presoak.

            1/2 C rice
            1 C lentils
            2 C sliced carrots
            3 C of stock or 3c water + bouillion
            1/2 tsp basil
            1 clove garlic, peeled
            1 T olive oil
            grated parmigiana or romano cheese

            Put everything in the pot, bring to a boil then bring up to pressure. for about 10 minutes.