My favorite part about writing this blog is definitely sharing my family's recipes and learning about the history and experiences behind the dishes I make. As I have gone along I have gotten family members interested in cooking more and sharing with me their recipes and stories and even gotten a few of them to… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Style Split Pea Soup (Potaje de Chícharo)
Ropa Vieja is probably the most delicious dish with the most unappetizing name. It literally means "Old Clothes" in English, but that's not a description of how it tastes. I promise. It got it's name because the meat is shredded after cooking and the vegetables are cut in long strips. After they have been cooked… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja)
I believe the "Pot" in Instant Pot must stand for Pot Roast, because once you make it using the IP you will never make it any other way again. Pot Roast is the perfect family dish because you can prepare an entire dinner in one pot, it utilizes a very inexpensive cut of meat, it's… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Pot Roast Stuffed with Chorizo (Boliche)
I love collecting old cookbooks. One of my most prized cookbook was given to me by my husband. This cookbook is considered the Cuban Cooking Bible and it's called Cocina Criolla by Nitza Villapol. Nitza Villapol was a talented Cuban chef and her cooking show was one of the longest running television shows in Cuban… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Ground Beef Dish (Picadillo)
Arroz con Pollo, or Chicken with Rice, is a common dish among most Spanish speaking cultures. Obviously all of them include rice and chicken, after that, the variations are endless. It really is a versatile dish and once you have the flavorful base down, you can add really anything you want from peas to asparagus… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)
The great thing about the Instant Pot is that for procrastinators like me, you can get the same flavor of traditional frijoles negros (black beans) without having to remember to soak them overnight and cook them all day. I mean seriously.....I ain't got time for that! This recipe is a mash up of my families… Continue reading Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans
As you get more comfortable using your Instant Pot, you will find that you nearly any recipe can converted for the pressure cooker. Often times though you will need to use what is known as the Pot-in-Pot Method which literally means cooking in a separate pot inside of your IP liner (ever wonder what that… Continue reading How to Make a Template for Measuring IP Accessories
A is for Authentic The recipes you will find here are about being as authentic as possible. Actually, it's the reason I started this whole thing to begin with. I went looking online for Cuban recipes for the Instant Pot, and kept seeing ingredients that were not only nontraditional, but changed the dish into something… Continue reading The Instant Pot A B C’s of this Blog.