Electric pressure cookers are very popular at this time. They seem to be more user friendly than the older version. A new electric pressure cooker will cost anywhere from $59.00, on up to $200.00 depending on the size and brand you choose. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions; pay close attention to the safety guidelines. These new and improved contraptions can cut mealtime cooking drastically and with minimal clean-up. Take this Louisiana Red Beans recipe – a traditional recipe would take about 3 hours to cook, but in a pressure cooker it only takes 35-40 minutes!
Louisiana Red Beans in an Electric Pressure Cooker
2 Tablespoons canola oil
¼ cup diced celery
½ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon creole seasoning
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound of turkey sausage, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 pound of dried red beans
1 smoked ham hock
5 cups chicken stock
Green onions, for garnish
1. In canola oil, brown celery, onion, and bell pepper for about 8 minutes. Add salt, pepper and creole seasoning to mixture and stir to combine.
2. Stir in garlic, thyme and sausage. Cook until sausage is browned, about 5 minutes.
3. Add red beans, and ham hock to the pot, followed by the chicken stock. Be sure to follow your pressure cooker’s manufacturer’s directions for limits on how much liquid can be added to the pressure cooker (observe “Max-Fill line”). The beans should be completely immersed in chicken stock.
4. Close lid – seal to pressurize.
5. Set the pressure cooker on the beans and lentil setting. When the timer goes off, turn the valve to “Vent” and let the pressure reduce. Remove lid and stir beans. Adjust seasonings as needed.
6. Serve with hot rice and garnish with green onion.
For additional information on this article or more Family and Consumer topics contact email Quincy Cheek, with the LSU AgCenter.
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