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The Pressure's On!Pressure cookers, which drastically reduce traditional cooking times, are enjoying a newfound popularity among modern cooks. This should come as no surprise to anyone who's ever needed to get dinner on the table after a full day on the job!
From rich homemade meat stocks to elegant parmesan risotto, the pressure cooker knows a thing or two about coming through in a pinch. So whether your pressure cooker is your mom's retro model or still waiting for you to order it off Amazon, don't be scared to work this nifty appliance into your weeknight cooking routine.
One-Hour Spanish Chickpea SoupSure, dried peas and beans are far more economical and lower in sodium than their canned cousins, but who has time to soak them overnight and then simmer for hours? With a pressure cooker, this satisfying chickpea-and-chorizo soup starts with dried chickpeas and is ready in just 60 minutes.
Chicken FricasseeThis elegant, ready-in-a-jiffy chicken dinner calls for earthy cremini mushrooms, pearl onions, baby carrots, and plenty of fresh herbs. It's perfect for a cozy meal on chilly fall evenings.
Fast, Rich Pressure-Cooker Beef StockWhile traditional meat stocks can take up to 8 hours of careful stovetop simmering to develop their deep flavor, the pressure cooker cuts this time down to just 35 minutes. The stock can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.
Prosecco and Parmesan RisottoClassic risotto recipes require constant stirring for half an hour, so save yourself some time (and a sore wrist) by turning to the pressure cooker instead. It's a wonderful way to turn out restaurant-quality risotto every time in less than 15 minutes.
Cincinnati ChiliNeed weeknight chili in a hurry? Try this hearty beef-and-onion chili served over hot cooked spaghetti and topped with cheddar cheese and chopped onion. After combining all the ingredients in your pressure cooker, simply cook over high heat until the pressure control rocks back and forth quickly, then reduce heat and cook 15 more minutes.
Beets with Dill and WalnutsNever tried beets? Time to start. This easy recipe is ready is less than half an hour, and most of that time is hands-off to let the beets marinate in a homemade vinaigrette dressing. Top with chopped fresh dill and walnuts for delicious crunch and flavor.
Refried BeansYou'll be able to taste the difference between these homemade refried beans and the canned variety in the Mexican foods section of your local grocery. Dried pinto beans, some salt pork, fresh garlic cloves, water, and a little salt are all you need. Sprinkle with shredded sharp cheddar cheese for an extra flavor punch.
Pressed for time on busy weeknights? Pressure cooking takes the pressure off of you and puts it right where it belongs - on your stovetop.