Cooking Under Pressure (20th Anniversary Edition)by Lorna J. Sass
The 20th Anniversary Edition of the classic cookbook from the leading authority on speed-cooking, Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass offers a mouthwatering array of extraordinary dishes that can be prepared in minutes—from classic ossobucco to chocolate cheesecake—using a pressure cooker. A James Beard Award–winning cookbook/i>/sup>
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The 20th Anniversary Edition of the classic cookbook from the leading authority on speed-cooking, Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass offers a mouthwatering array of extraordinary dishes that can be prepared in minutes—from classic ossobucco to chocolate cheesecake—using a pressure cooker. A James Beard Award–winning cookbook author and food writer who has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Food & Wine, Woman’s Day and other publications, Lorna Sass shows you how to turn out meals in one-third the time of conventional methods without sacrificing moisture, flavor, aroma, or nutritional content. Newly updated and revised for contemporary tastes and more efficient machines, Cooking Under Pressure is the cookbook that inspired a whole generation of home cooks to dust off their pressure cookers.
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Nutty Carrot Soup
This, soup has an autumn-orange color and a nutty try crunchy peanut butter for added texture.
5 Minutes under High Pressure
2 tablespoons sweet butter or oil
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 pound carrots, scrubbed, trimmed, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 medium apples, such as McIntosh, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 large potato (about 1/2 pound), scrubbed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
5 cups water
1/4-cup peanut, cashew, or almond butter
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper and grated nutmeg to taste
Heat the butter in the cooker. Add the celery, carrots, apples, and potato and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the water.
Lock the lid in place and over high heat bring to high pressure. Adjust heat to maintain high pressure, and cook for 5 minutes
Reduce pressure with a quick-release method. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to allow any excess steam to escape.
Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and blend in the nut butter. Return the soup to the cooker and heat thoroughly. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg before serving.
Rock Cornish Hens Stuffed with Apricots and Prunes
Here is an easy but elegant dish to serve any time of year. For the hens to hold their shape during cooking, you'll need some kitchen string to truss them.
Depending upon your appetite and the number of accompaniments, two stuffed hens will serve either two or four people.
10-12 Minutes under High Pressure
1 tablespoon oil
2 Rock Cornish hens, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 poundseach
12 pitted prunes
8 dried apricots
1/2 small lemon, cut into 6 thin slices
1/4 cup finely minced shallots or onions
2 stalks celery, finely minced
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
1 cup chicken stock or bouillon
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste (less if using canned stock or bouillon)
1 1/2 pounds (about 4) sweet potatoes, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
Heat the oil in the cooker. Brown the hens well on both sides. Stuff each hen with 6 prunes and 4 apricots, interspersing the lemon slices among the dried fruits. Truss the hens and set aside.
In the fat remaining in the cooker, sauté the shallots, celery and ginger for 2 minutes. Stir in the stock and salt; scrape up any browned bits that are sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Place the hens side by side in the sauce. (You may need to put one hen on its side.) Place the sweet potatoes on top.
Lock the lid in place and over high heat bring to high pressure, Adjust the heat to maintain high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. Quick-release the pressure and check for doneness by inserting a knife into the drumstick joint; if the meat is still pink, lock the lid back in place, return to high pressure, and cook for another minute or two.
Transfer the hens to a platter; remove the trussing. Reserve in a warm place. Add the orange zest and Grand Marnier and boil the sauce over high heat until the alcohol burns off and the sauce is reduced slightly, about 3-4 minutes. Serve in a sauce boat, pour over the stuffed hens.
Note: For cookers requiring a 2-cup liquid minimum to come up to pressure, add an additional cup of stock. Cook the hens in a steaming basket to raise them partially above the liquid. Before adding the orange zest and Grand Marnier, reduce the sauce by half and continue as directed.Cooking under Pressure. Copyright © by Lorna Sass. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Lorna Sass, Ph.D., is a culinary historian and a James Beard Award-winning author of many highly acclaimed cookbooks, including Pressure Perfect, The Pressured Cook, and Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Bon Appétit, Prevention, Metropolitan Home, and Woman's Day, among others. She lives in New York City.
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Nice book, good recipes but not just a basic book. Great beginning info on how to use a pressure cooker. I wanted simple, fast recipes, this book had good recipes but most of the ingredients are not something I usually have on hand. I may use this more as I get use to using my new Pressure cooker and want to expand.
I am new to Pressure Cooking and bought this book and another by Lorna Sass....Pressure Perfect. Both are wonderful and must haves for anyone beginning the journey of pressure cooking. Wonderful and tasty recipes and clear instructions and guidance about all things pressure cooking. Her Chicken with Lentils and Spinach has become a family favorite. Enjoy!!!
This book is very informative if you use a pressure cooker. It is helpful if you are a first time user of the pressure cooker or an experienced user. The recipes are easy to follow. There are recipes for basic items such as stocks and soups and other selections such as risotto and desserts.