Instant Pot Potato Salad

I took my favorite recipe that I have used for years and converted it to an Instant Pot recipe!  My version has no onions, but if you like onions, feel free to add them!

Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put pot insert into Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups water into pot. Add steam rack.
  2. Peel potatoes (if desired) and cut into chunks. Add to steamer basket, along with eggs.
  3. Put lid on Instant Pot and set to Sealing mode. Press egg button or manually set for 5 minutes. While these are cooking, you can make dressing with remaining ingredients.
  4. When timer goes off, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. Release remaining pressure manually. Immediately remove eggs and put into an ice water bath for 5 minutes. Remove potatoes and let cool.
  6. Chop eggs and add potatoes and eggs to salad. Stir to combine, then chill.
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Instant Pot Carnitas

I love making this recipe, but used to make a 4-5 lb. pork shoulder roast or pork butt in the crock pot.  It would take at least 6 hours of cooking time, so I seldom made it, except for parties.  Now I use country style ribs or cut smaller chunks of pork shoulder roast or pork butt and I make it in my new Instant Pot, so I can make it much more often!

Instant Pot Carnitas
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Delicious Mexican shredded pork recipe. This is not spicy, but just has a wonderful flavor!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Instant Pot Carnitas
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Delicious Mexican shredded pork recipe. This is not spicy, but just has a wonderful flavor!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to pot. Set to Pressure Cook for 30 minutes. Release pressure naturally for 15 minutes.
  2. Release any remaining pressure manually. Remove meat from pot and shred with 2 forks.
  3. Serve on a tortilla with toppings of your choice, such as cheese, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, etc., or serve on top of a salad.
  4. I was not successful at deboning my butt roast, so I had a chunk of meat with the bone that weighed about 2 1/2 lbs. and was still partially frozen. It took about 1 hour to cook this way, but it was absolutely fantastic!
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Roasted Garlic Paste

Did you know that you can buy large bags of peeled, ready to use garlic from Sam’s and store the garlic in the freezer?  Then just remove whatever your recipe calls for and use it like you would fresh garlic, except without the hassle of peeling it!  This recipe is a wonderful way to use those bags of garlic.  I roast a pound or so at a time, then mash them and store them in a jar in the refrigerator.  Then, when I get ready to make something with garlic, I just take a spoonful out and add it to whatever I am making.  It is so easy and very convenient!!!

Roasted Garlic Paste
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Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Garlic Paste
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Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: cup paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Dump some garlic cloves onto a piece of foil.
  2. Coat with oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap up in foil and place in oven for about 45 minutes, until mostly done.
  3. Unwrap the foil so the top is open and continue to bake another 15 minutes or until the cloves begin to brown slightly.
  4. Remove from oven and mash with fork or potato masher. Cool and store in a sealed jar in refrigerator.
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Beef Stew

This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies.  If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan.  If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.

Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
  2. Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
  3. Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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No Knead Dinner Rolls

This recipe is super easy and tastes fabulous!  Mix it up just like you would a brownie batter, let rise, shape into rolls, let rise again, bake and eat!  This is adapted from a recipe I found online:  http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/

No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients. Place water, buttermilk, butter in microwaveable dish and microwave just until lukewarm. Add eggs and whisk into other liquids.
  2. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. It will resemble the texture of a brownie batter. Spray some plastic wrap with nonstick spray and cover bowl. Set aside to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle flour on counter where you will be working. Punch down dough to deflate. Scrape dough onto flour. Work enough flour into dough to form a log shape. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds, to get 12 pieces of dough.
  5. Shape into rolls and place on baking sheet as you work. http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/ has a video for how to shape the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside and let rise for another 35-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 390F. Bake rolls for about 18 minutes, or until the rolls are a golden brown and the roll sounds hollow when tapped. Remove rolls from oven and brush with melted butter.
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Handmade Cavatelli Pasta

I am in love with this recipe for cavatelli.  It is a denser noodle than I normally enjoy, but it is relatively small shapes that are much neater for children to eat than the long strands of spaghetti.   It goes extremely well with a hearty marinara sauce with meat.  It is also fun to make.  I made this the first time with our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and she loved helping with it!  She also loved how they tasted!

The cavatelli can be made up ahead of time and frozen, before boiling, in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  No need to thaw before cooking.

Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl. (I used a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but probably any heavy duty mixer will do.) Mix until ingredients come together to form a ball. It may be necessary to add a little more water, but start with this and check it after it starts to come together. You don't want it too sticky, but you don't want it too dry either. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave on counter for about 30-60 minutes for the gluten to relax.
  2. Divide dough into 4 portions and keep all unworked portions covered with plastic except what you are working with.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll the first portion of dough into a long rope. Keep working on it until it is about 1/2" thick. Use a pastry scraper or knife, cut into somewhat equal lengths of about 1/3-1/2".
  4. Flour your work surface. You can use a sushi rolling mat, a gnocchi board or just onto a cutting board or other work surface. I prefer the sushi rolling mat. I got mine on Amazon for $5. I can place a few pieces on the mat at a time.
  5. Then using a pastry scraper or the back of a knife or even your thumb, press down on the pieces of dough and pull back. The dough will make a roll back on itself to make a cute tube shape.
  6. Continue working the rest of the dough until all of it has been shaped into cavatelli.
  7. You can go either direction on the sushi mat or the gnocchi board to get the pattern you desire. I like going the long way on the sushi mat.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and add sea salt liberally. I also added some olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  9. Boil the cavatelli for a few minutes, then remove from water.
  10. This is excellent served with a hearty marinara sauce with meat and cheese.
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Easy Homemade Pasta

I was looking through various pasta recipes today, and they were all basically the same:  flour, eggs, salt, some with or without oil or water…  But a comment on one of the recipes really struck me.  It was saying that they prefer this recipe over the one that they were reviewing because it was so much easier to handle.  I decided I needed to give it a try, so I made a batch of noodles as a side dish.  I think these were the best noodles I have ever tasted in my life!  And the dough was indeed very easy to work with.  I am definitely going to make this recipe again!!!

Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer until a ball of dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30-60 minutes. Process with Kitchen Aid pasta attachments. Cook in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
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Easy Flatbread

This recipe is so quick and easy, it can be made in about half an hour.  We use it in place of bread for sandwiches or just eaten plain.  We are hooked on it!

If you would like the bread to be flatter, you can leave out the baking powder.

Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Optional: If you are using garlic, finely mince garlic and saute briefly in medium hot skillet with some olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. If you have sauteed garlic or onions to add to the bread, this is a good time to add them. Add yogurt. Add olive oil as needed for a nice soft, easy to use dough.
  3. Heat cast iron griddle or skillet to medium high heat (5 on my gas stove).
  4. Divide dough into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, then roll out flat into a circle, 1/8" thick or less. Brush a little olive oil onto skillet or griddle and add a flatbread. Cook 1 minute on each side, then remove to a dinner plate and keep covered with clean dish towel to keep warm as you finish with the remaining flatbreads.
  5. While it is cooking, you can be rolling out the next flatbread and cook as described above until all are cooked.
Recipe Notes

This would also be good with seeds added to the dough, such as caraway, fennel, sesame, finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, and/or with garlic or onion, minced and sauteed, then added to the flour mixture.  The seeds can be added to the dough, or sprinkled on top of the dough as you are rolling it out into rounds, then use the rolling pin to press them into the dough as you are shaping it.

Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, it is safe for most people with wheat allergies.  It does, however, contain gluten.  If you know you have a wheat allergy or wheat intolerance, eat at your own discretion.

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Amish Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole uses meat, onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs, along with a generous amount of cheese.  We made a double batch of this for a family vacation and combined sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon for the meats, and used a variety of cheeses, including Swiss, Italian, sharp cheddar, Mexican blend, and more.  It was a huge hit!

Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When it starts to brown, add sausage, onions, sweet pepper, garlic and jalapenos (if you are using them). Saute until the sausage is fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as it is cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking now.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, hot sauce (opt.), meat and veggies. Stir in cottage cheese and all but 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Swiss cheeses. Add beaten eggs.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with reserved cheese.
  5. At this point, if you are making this ahead, cover the casserole with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before you will bake it, remove it from the fridge so that it can start to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the casserole has set up in the middle. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
  7. This is what was left.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe is from www.centercutcook.com/amish-breakfast-casserole/

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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

These are super easy and chocolatey!  When I take them to get-togethers with other choices of cookies, these always go first!  This is a classic recipe with a lot of variations. But this is the way I make them.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt in large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Meanwhile, line cookie sheets with wax paper.
  3. Stir mixture and bring to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Add oats and stir to mix well.
  6. Drop by small cookie scoop onto wax paper. Refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased, let cool, then cut into squares.

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