Every other Sunday I join a group of young guys and play the Marvel tabletop role playing game, like Dungeons and Dragons but with superheroes. It’s a lot of fun. Everyone takes turns bringing a little snack food or drink for the other players. Most of the time it is pure junk food. I love junk food but when I decided to do another round of Whole 30 I wanted to bring something the guys would like but I could have too. I decided on chicken wings because who doesn’t like chicken wings? It was something compliant I could make ahead and finish at the game place.
I started researching how to make chicken wings and found you could drastically cut the time it takes to make wings if you cooked them in the pressure cooker and then sauce and finish them under the broiler. The first batch I tried was Nom Nom Paleo’s Magic wings. Magic Mushroom powder has been a staple in my kitchen since I did my first round of Whole 30 last year. I use it on everything and love it on everything. The first batch I didn’t use any sauce, it was just a let the chicken marinated in the Magic mushroom powder for about an hour, cooked them through in the pressure cooker and crisped them up under the broiler. The wings were so good just as they were but if you wanted to you could use Frank’s Orignal Hot Sauce, not the Franks Buffalo sauce, for sauce and be compliant and serve with Whole Sisters’ Dump Ranch. You could use Olive You Whole’s BBQ sauce for sauce and be compliant.
Place the wings in bowl that fits in your pressure cooker liner. Add the Magic Mushroom powder and gently toss with your hands until the wings are coated. Cover with foil. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least one hour or up to twenty-four hours. A half hour before you are ready to cook them, preheat the broiler and move the rack to 5-6 inches below the broiler. When you are ready to cook them, place the trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker along with a cup of water. Place the bowl of wings on the trivet. Lock the lid and cook for 6 minutes. 10 minute natural pressure release. Remove the wings from the pressure cooker and place them on a sheet pan. Don’t crowd the wings on the pan or they will steam not get crispy. Broil them for 10 minutes or until they are crispy. Don’t leave the kitchen. The wings go from crispy to burnt quickly. How long they take depends on your oven. To use sauce on your wings, take the wings out of the pressure cooker and mix them with the sauce, coating the chicken well. Place the chicken on the pan and broil 5 -10 minutes. If you use a sauce, it is even more important to watch them as the sugars in the sauce can go from great to burned quickly.
My weekend got off to a great start. Read that statement with a very sarcastic tone of voice. Friday morning I stumbled into the kitchen and walked through a big puddle of water. I didn’t think much of it because with my sleep disorder, I often wake up and do things in the middle of the night that I don’t remember doing in the morning. I figured I got up, dumped some water and went back to bed without cleaning it up. No big deal. Turned out it was a very big deal. When I went to grab the milk for my breakfast it was warm. Sometime in the night my refrigerator died. I had to throw out everything in my fridge.
I was so unhappy. I didn’t have a lot of food in the fridge but I planned my menu around what I had because the budget is tight this pay check. Sigh. Fortunately, when the maintenance man called my land lord, my landlord told him to open an empty apartment and let me use the fridge down there so I didn’t lose all my frozen meat. It wasn’t ideal but my landlord was out-of-town so I am not going to get a new fridge until today at the earliest.
I had to do a little revising of my menu until payday but I am not going to starve. I bought a lot of corn on the cob as my vegetable because it is in season and so cheap right now. I make just enough corn in my pressure cooker for one person for one meal. I probably wouldn’t do that if I made it in a big pot on my stove. If you make more corn on the cob then can fit in a single layer in your pot make sure to stagger them so the steam can reach all around the cob.
Place the trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker liner. Add the water to the bottom of the liner. Place the ears of corn on the trivet. You may have to break them in half to make them fit. Lock the lid and cook for 3 minutes. Quick release the pressure and carefully remove the corn.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. There is Stove Top stuffing in this recipe. It’s the only the second recipe in the history of A Solitary Feast to use a pre made product in the ingredient list. I have already had a few complaints about it from friends who preview my recipes, aka come to lunch. They say it’s not being true to my brand, whatever that means. I say it was being true to my stomach. I was hungry, had a pork loin to use, it was too hot to cook. I have never in the history of A Solitary Feast said I don’t use pre packaged foods on occasion. I would be lying if I did. Hot Pockets and I have been having a torrid love affair for years that will never die. I am human. I get tired. I have days where I don’t feel like cooking. On those days, I am all about making things as easy as possible.
The original recipe called for a pre seasoned pork loin but mine was plain. I seasoned it with the rub from one of my favorite oven pork loin recipes but feel free to omit the spices and use your own in equal measure.
Preheat the pressure cooker on the sauté setting. While the pressure cooker is preheating, mix the thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, mix well. Rub the herb mixture all over the pork loin. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the liner. When it is melted, add the pork loin and sear for about 4 minutes. Flip the pork loin, add the onions and sear for about 4 more minutes. Pour in the broth. Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Natural release. Remove the pork loin and 1 cup of the broth. Add the Stove Top stuffing mix to the liquid remaining in the liner, stir well. Cover, but don’t lock the lid, for 5 minutes. Remove the stuffing. Put the 2 tablespoons of the remaining liquid in a small bowl, add the flour and stir until smooth. Add the liquid you saved back to the liner and add the flour mixture, stir well. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture gets thick.
Guys, I am so excited! I get to share the recipe I tested for Christina Lane with you today. It’s Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot. I have to be completely honest, when I first saw this recipe I didn’t have any idea how the heck it was going to turn into mac and cheese with no milk and pasta made in the pressure cooker. I thought this may be the second thing I found not worth making in the pressure cooker. However, I trust Christina so I made the recipe just like we talked about. I am so glad I did because this is awesome. I have made this mac and cheese twice in the last week and I can’t remember the last time I made a recipe twice in one week. The quality of the cheese you use is what makes this dish use the best you can afford. I used my favorite Cabot extra sharp cheddar and Frigro block Parmesan cheese.
After almost 4 years of pressure cooking, I have finally found a recipe that I wouldn’t want to make in my pressure cooker again. Its my recipe for Italian Tomato Sauce. I made it this morning to put over some meatballs for lunch. The sauce wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as when I do it on the stove. I think the problem is in the pressure cooker’s steam filled environment doesn’t evaporate liquid and concentrate the flavors like cooking on the stove top. It also doesn’t save any time doing it in the pressure cooker so I won’t be making Italian Tomato Sauce in the pressure cooker again.
On recipe I make almost daily in my pressure cooker is Dr. Urvashi Pitre’s pressure cooker ice tea. Making tea in the pressure cooker results in a super smooth tea with absolutely no bitterness. I can and do drink this iced tea without any added sugar. This means I have something other than water to drink on my next round of Whole 30. I use Red Rose brand of black tea but you could use any brand you like.