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Friday, December 18, 2015

Pressure Cooking Makes Holiday Entertaining a Breeze!

Does it feel like you spend all your time in the kitchen when getting ready for a holiday gathering? Do you spend days cooking to get ready for the event?

You don't have to! Pressure cooking can take the stress out of your holiday meals!

A pressure cooker works by capturing steam inside. As the steam builds up, pressure begins to increase inside the cooker. The pressure raises the boiling point of water and gets the temperature hotter than you ever could on a stove top. Because the cooking temperature is higher, the cook time is reduced substantially. What this means for you is a LOT less time slaving over a hot stove and more time entertaining your guests and enjoying all the yummy food you made!

You can make your holiday roast in a pressure cooker instead of the oven this year and you'll have dinner on the table in no time! You know what that means...more time to open gifts!

First you will need a large 15 quart pressure cooker like this All American.
You'll want to be sure your pressure cooker is large enough to hold a big roast. 

What you will need:
5 lb. chuck roast
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
Freshly chopped parsley and rosemary
2 1/2 cups of beef broth
Olive Oil 
Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper

Here's what to do:
Make several slits in the roast with a sharp knife. Insert the peeled garlic cloves into the slits in the meat. 
Sprinkle the meat liberally with salt, pepper and garlic powder and rub into the roast.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron skillet until very hot. Sear the roast for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Now it is ready for the pressure cooker!

Transfer the meat into the pressure cooker. Place the rack at the bottom to keep the meat elevated above the liquids you will put in. 
 Be sure to scrape the pan bits left into the cast iron skillet into the pressure cooker. This will give the roast a rich flavor as it cooks. 
Sprinkle the chopped parsley and rosemary over the roast with a drizzle of olive oil. Pour the beef broth over the meat and cover with the lid. Set the temperature to medium high heat. 
Bring the cooker to pressure and then turn the temperature to low. Cook for 25-30 minutes. After cooked, turn the heat off and let the pressure come down. Then remove the roast and dinner is served!

This roast will be deliciously fall apart tender. You might even want to leave a plate out for Santa! 

Only 6 days until Christmas!

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