Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes

These are super easy and garlicky!!!  I make this in my 3 quart Mini.  If garlic is not your thing, just leave it out!

Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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  1. This recipe will work with any of the Instant Pots, even the 3 quart Mini. Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Wait for it to heat up (it will say "hot"), then add the butter and garlic cloves. Lightly brown the garlic and the butter.
  2. While that is cooking, peel your potatoes (if desired). Cut your potatoes into halves or quarters lengthwise, depending on the size of the potato, and cut into rough 1/2" slices.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off by hitting the cancel button. Add the half & half. Add the potato pieces and season generously with salt and pepper. Close the Instant Pot, make sure the release valve is set to "sealing", and press the "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set the time to 8 minutes, using the + and - buttons.
  4. Once the cooking time is up, turn the pot off and release the pressure manually. Open the pot. It won't be a pretty sight.
  5. Mash everything with a potato masher. Taste and season with more salt & pepper, if needed.
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Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms

This is coarsely mashed, seasoned red skinned potatoes topped with sirloin tips, onions, mushrooms, and served with BBQ sauce.  We first had this from a food vendor at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, MI.  We absolutely loved them!  My husband and I had them every day of the 3 day festival.  When we got home, I tried to recreate it.  This is what I came up with.

Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
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30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put prepared potatoes in a pot of water along with the garlic. Bring to a boil and cook until tender.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, heat some oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, heat some oil. Add steak strips and cook, stirring frequently, until done.
  4. When onions are nearly done, add the mushrooms and cook with onions. Add cooked steak to this pan too, and continue cooking until everything is done as desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper or your choice of seasonings.
  5. Drain potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add butter. Lightly mash. Clean the meat skillet and add some oil to that skillet again. Put the potatoes into the skillet and cook until lightly browned. (I only have one large cast iron skillet, so I have to cook the potatoes in 2 batches in my medium sized skillet.)
  6. To serve, place a layer of the potatoes in a bowl.
  7. Top with steak, onion, and mushroom mixture.
  8. I like Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce on mine.
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Country Fried Steak with White Gravy

Well seasoned and crispy breading on a tenderized round steak (or cubed steak) served with a seasoned white gravy.

Country Fried Steak with White Gravy
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Country Fried Steak with White Gravy
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8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cut the steak into 8 equal portions and trim fat from the meat. Pound with a good meat tenderizer. I highly recommend OXO Softworks Meat Tenderizer. Mine came from Amazon. (Pounding is not necessary if you are using cubed steak.)
  2. Crack the eggs into in a shallow bowl. Beat well.
  3. Combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, 2 tsp. sea salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper in a pie dish.
  4. Place large skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil to cover bottom of pan. Meanwhile, dredge the meat pieces in the flour mixture. Transfer to the beaten eggs. Then back to the flour mixture. Cook in skillet with oil until nicely browned on both sides. Remove the cooked meat to cookie sheet and place in warm oven, as you continue cooking the rest of the meat. This will keep it warm while you finish cooking the meat and make the gravy. Continue cooking the meat until all pieces have been browned. Reserve flour mixture.
  5. Leave drippings in skillet and add 4 T. butter to skillet. Melt over medium-high heat. Stir in 4 T. flour mixture left from dredging meat (or use fresh flour). Combine well with butter and cook until it begins to thicken. Slowly whisk in milk and continue to cook, whisking frequently, until thickened. Stir in the heavy cream, thyme, and season with more salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Chicken Lombardy

Chicken tenderloins, dredged in flour and browned, topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms, then covered with a Marsala and chicken broth sauce, and a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses melted on top.  What’s not to love about this?!

Chicken Lombardy
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Chicken Lombardy
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in large cast iron skillet (mine is 11 1/2"). Dredge chicken pieces in flour and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in batches over medium heat, about 4 minutes per side or until golden brown, adding additional butter as needed.
  2. Meanwhile, in another cast iron skillet (mine is 10"), melt 1/2 stick of butter. Cook onion until just starting to brown nicely, then add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes more until just tender. Remove from pan; set aside.
  3. In the mushroom and onion pan, combine the Marsala, water, chicken base and cornstarch. Whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should start to thicken.
  4. Put all cooked chicken in large cast iron skillet. Top with mushrooms and onions. Pour cooked Marsala sauce over top. Top with combination of cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until cheese melts.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Whenever I make these, people are always asking how I got the eggs so creamy!  Here is the secret ingredient.

Creamy Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Creamy Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet and add butter so eggs don't stick. Beat or whisk the eggs in a small bowl with cream and salt and pepper. Cook in skillet, stirring occasionally, until almost set up. Remove from heat and serve.
Recipe Notes

If you stir scrambled eggs too much as they are cooking, they will end up crumbly and not be as creamy.

If you don't mind the extra fat and calories, double the cream for extra creamy eggs!

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Deluxe Scrambled Eggs

This is another recipe that my husband came up with.  Creamy eggs filled with cooked bacon, onion, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, and topped with cheese.  I usually cook up double the meat and veggies, then reserve half of it for a later time to make a quick weekday breakfast.

Deluxe Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Deluxe Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet and begin cooking bacon in skillet.
  2. While that is cooking, finely dice onion, sweet pepper and jalapeno pepper. When bacon is cooked, add the diced veggies and cook, without draining bacon grease.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs with heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. When veggies are nearly cooked, add spinach and cherry tomatoes to the skillet. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. Pour eggs over the top of the veggies and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are nearly set up. Remove from heat. We like to eat these topped with shredded cheese and sometimes salsa.
Recipe Notes

Each serving, with 1/2 oz. cheddar cheese, contains:  424 calories, 31 g fat, 439 mg cholesterol, 523 mg sodium, 546 mg potassium, 14 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 22 g protein, 73% vitamin A, 147% vitamin c, 21% calcium, 15% iron

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Brad & Shelley’s Breakfast Casserole

This is a quick and easy, delicious breakfast casserole that uses eggs, ham, onions, hash browns, and 3 kinds of cheese!

Brad & Shelley's Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Brad & Shelley's Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute onion and ham with butter. In a bowl, slightly beat the eggs. Season with salt & pepper. Add ham mixture, hash browns and cheeses. Bake in 9x13" pan at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until eggs are set. Let stand 10-15 minutes, then cut and serve.
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Taco Omelette

This is a good way to use up your leftover taco meat. This is the recipe I use.  Make sure that if you want gluten-free or soy-free to check the labels carefully before buying any taco seasoning in the store.

Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Suggested Garnishes
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat small skillet and add 1/2 T. butter. While that is heating, beat 2 eggs with heavy cream and salt & pepper. When pan is heated, add egg mixture. When omelette edges start to set up, lift edge with spatula while tipping pan so raw egg goes underneath. Continue going around the pan, lifting and tipping, until eggs are cooked through. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and taco meat on one side of cooked eggs. Fold edge without toppings over and carefully slide out of skillet onto serving dish. Garnish as desired.
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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed

I loved the idea I saw for Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, especially since I have a wheat allergy, which makes it really hard to have the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.  However, since this isn’t something my husband would normally prefer, I usually make it for lunch and it is quite time consuming to make just for me for lunch, so I created this easier way to enjoy the same thing which only takes about 20 minutes or so.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed
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Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed
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Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet and add onion. Cook for a few minutes, then add peppers and mushrooms. Cook briefly before adding roast beef. Season to taste. Stir frequently until everything is cooked and warm. Top with provolone. Turn off heat and lightly cover with foil until cheese is melted. Carefully transfer to serving dish.
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Greg’s Famous Hash Browns

This is a recipe my husband came up with several years ago and we still enjoy it at least weekly.  A combination of bacon, potatoes, onions, sweet peppers, jalapenos (if you desire), and ham (opt.), topped with shredded cheese.  Yum!  Of course, any of these ingredients can be changed or deleted to your liking.

Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut up bacon by slicing across the slices into 1/4" or so pieces. Cook in skillet until just done.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook, stirring every 5-10 minutes, until done. You may need to add a little butter or oil to the pan, depending on the skillet you are using and the fat content in the bacon. Serve topped with cheese of your choice! Cilantro or green onion makes a nice garnish for this dish. You may also want to add salsa to the top.
Recipe Notes

We always buy jalapenos and sweet peppers by the bushel or half bushel at the farmer's market in the fall, then we dice them and freeze them in quart Ziploc bags, so they are always ready to go whenever we need them!

The potatoes are julienned using a nifty device called Nice Dicer.  We have an old style one, that we have been using for years.  It works great and saves a LOT of time!

To save some time on a weekday morning, cook up the bacon the night before and save in a covered container with the other veggies, all chopped and ready to throw in the pan the next morning!

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