I got a new kitchen toy recently – my first pressure-cooker! I must admit, I was seriously excited about trying it out and fate presented the perfect opportunity last Monday. After a night of partying hard with family and friends for hubby’s birthday (we were up so late, I had another first – falling asleep at the table, lol!), we woke up late on Tuesday (a holiday) and sort of lolled around in bed until hunger got to us. The dilemma that I encountered as wife and chief-in-charge-of-kitchen-duties (lol) was that every piece of meat we had in the house was frozen solid – I’d forgotten, in my laziness, to take anything out to thaw in preparation for dinner that night. Super!!!
Enter the new pressure-cooker to the rescue! I remembered I’d bought some ribs that week and threw it in the pot with hot water and spices and set it to boil. In the all of 30 minutes that it took for those frozen ribs to be fragrantly soft and thoroughly cooked, I’d whipped up my home-made BBQ sauce. While waiting for the pressure to abate, I decided to borrow a recipe from MIL2 (mother-in-law number number two – hubby’s stepmom) and make parsley-potatoes as a side, so I selected a few potatoes and snipped some parsley from my garden (which I will concede is starting to get the better of me :(). Popped the ribs in the prepared baking dish, slathered it in spicy-sweet sauce, and popped it in the oven. Threw the potatoes, jackets and all, into the pressure-cooker and let her sing again for about 15 minutes. While waiting for the pressure to alleviate from the pot, I basted the ribs with more sauce and returned them to the oven. The skin slipped easily off the perfectly cooked potatoes and into hot butter they went with the minced parsley. While waiting for them to become all nicely-browned and crusty, I chopped and tossed a garden salad and made a pumpkin-seed oil vinaigrette. Thanks to my new toy, dinner was served in less than 1 and a half hour – yay, disaster averted! (And I know, you’re thinking, why not just order pizza? Can’t, everything is closed here on holidays and Sundays, so yeah, I really am chief-in-charge-of-kitchen-duties, lol!) 😉
Boil potatoes in a big pot** of salted water until done (a fork / knife that inserts smoothly and slides out easily indicates this). Pour off water and cool potatoes slightly by adding fresh cold water to pot. Peel potatoes carefully by gently slicing a line just through the skin and with light pressure using your thumbs to push the skin away from the slice. The potato will most likely slide out of the skin quickly so be prepared***. If not, tenderly peel away with fingertips. From here, it depends on your personal style and the size of the potatoes – you can leave them whole, quarter them, create rustic chunks, or sliced medallions.
I am loving your blog!! The first pressure cooker meal sounds yummy!
Thanks! I used it again later that week to make Rind Suppe (Austrian beef broth) and it spewed broth all over the stovetop and kitchen, haha. Learned the hard way not to overfill the pot – physics should’ve told me that pressure needs someplace to build! Oh silly rabbit, when will I learn.
The food looks amazing! You have to share that potato recipie with me. What type of potatoes did you use, I need details. (smile!)
Whoops I meant recipe not recipie, geesh, I’ve got pie on the brain today, I’m trying to decide between serving pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving dinner and thanks to your blog I’m tempted to switch out my sweet potatoes for parsley potatoes. I have to have my menu together by Friday if I’m going to find what I need before the stores get crowded. Wish me luck Sis.
Umm, pumpkin cheesecake sounds really good!! That would be my pick. As for the parsley-potato recipe, it’s really simple and I’ve added it to the post for you.
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Wow, thank you! Your comment made my day a little brighter, thank you. I’m glad you like the relaying of my adventures. Keep reading, I’ve only been in Austria for 6 months and I’m sure there’s lots more thrills and turmoil to come!
Oh, I love my pressure cooker too, it is so cool! 🙂 And your dinner looks amazing, getting hungry by reading..! But I have to say, it IS possible to order a pizza on sunday/holidays even in Austria 😉
Thanks. 😀 Aren’t pressure cookers just the best new toys!! Really, you can order a pizza here on the after-hours/weekends; where?!
http://www.pizzamann.at is open 11-03 assuming that you live within Vienna (which you do, if I am not misstaken?). Then there are always local take-out places, look in the mail for pamphlets, maybe not for around the clock but I am sure some are open during weekends. Thats when people need a pizza, isn’t it ? 😉
Oh, ok. Learn something new everyday, thanks! Yup, I live in Vienna.
Yeah, I have been here for 9 years and still learn new things about this place 🙂