In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and cook, covered, until tender. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Gradually stir in milk, soup base, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in cream. Reheat just until broth is boiling. Add salt if desired. Combine with potatoes and pour into a greased 9x13" baking dish.
Bake, covered tightly with foil, at 375 for 45 minutes-1 hour.
Remove foil and bake on speed bake for another 45 minutes, until done. Note: If you don't have speed bake, increase the oven temperature to 400. Add cheese to top, if desired, during the final 15 minutes of baking time.
Select saute function on Instant Pot and let it heat until it says "HOT".
Add bacon to pot and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until tender, about 3 minutes. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot as the onions cook.
Add soaked beans and all other ingredients, except bacon. Select high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. When it has finished cooking, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
Make sure beans are completely cooked, then add bacon and serve.
This is our favorite recipe for chili. If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each. Some of you might think it odd to add the cocoa powder or chocolate chips. However, this adds a richer taste and color to the finished product.
Rinse black beans. Put in pot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn the pot off and let set for 1 hour. Drain beans, cover with fresh water and continue cooking until tender. Add to chili when the beans are tender.
While beans are soaking, brown beef and chorizo with onions, sweet pepper, garlic, and oil in a Dutch oven.
Add remaining ingredients (except black beans) and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire. Add black beans when they have finished cooking. This is even better if made the day before and reheated.
If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each.
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/
Combine all dry ingredients. Place water, buttermilk, butter in microwaveable dish and microwave just until lukewarm. Add eggs and whisk into other liquids.
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.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
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.
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.
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.