Pot Roast

I made a pot roast this week that Wendy and Sarah both said was really good. Sarah actually said, “this is the best pot roast I’ve ever had”. I followed this recipe: https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/sunday-pot-roast-instant-pot-recipe/

Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture, but it was very tasty. The best part was that it only took a few minutes to prep everything and get it in the pot, then turn it on and come back about 90 minutes later and serve it. This would have needed 4+ hours in a crock pot. I did throw a few mushrooms in as my wife loves mushrooms and I also shortened the cooking time some. I’m feeling more comfortable experimenting with changes to recipes, so that is fun. I think the mushrooms made the juice more flavorful, and I could have gone even shorter on the time. The meat was well cooked and tender but the vegetables were a little mushy.

Cooking Chicken

This week my assistant is away at a sleep away camp, so my cooking has been solo. I’ve made a couple of chicken dishes and they all turned out really dry. One of them was really not even edible. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong with chicken, but I will keep experimenting with times. In general, I’m pretty good at throwing a chicken breast on the grill so I’m not worried about not having success with the Instant Pot cooking chicken.

I also made the same mojo marinade that Emily made a week ago and mine turned out horrible. I’m not sure where I screwed it up, but I need her back to help me.

Overheating

After all my success with the Instant Pot, my wife tried her hand at making pasta and we got to see this on the pot:

Overheating Instant Pot

She had just added sauce and noodles, and they were just burning to the bottom as the pot couldn’t even pressurize. Lesson learned – start with a recipe and modify when you are learning. And make sure you have enough liquid. I guess pasta sauce in itself is not good enough (most recipes add 2-3 cups of water.) No big deal, cleaned up the pot and moved on. I’m glad it was her and not me 🙂

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