Last night I taught “Comfort Foods in Under 20 Minutes: Pressure Cooker Workshop” at the
Arts Center of the Capital Region and it was great to see several generations of pressure cookers present and stories they shared. People brought their pressure cookers and we made several dishes, including a stew of beans and meat inspired by the French dish Cassoulet. We replaced the traditional duck with chicken, but tried to stay true to flavor combinations. I saw on their eyes a level of anxiety as they heard the noise made by the steam coming out of the pressure cooker regulator, but in the end, I think they all left confident they too, can make delicious and fast foods on a budget. Here a video by Test Kitchen: what to look for in a Pressure Cooker.
White Beans, Sausage, and Chicken in 10 Minutes
inspired by the french dish cassoulet
1 pound of white dried beans or navy, Great Northern, or Tarbais beans (see recipe how to cook the beans using a pressure cooker method bellow)
1 pound of fresh sausage, cut into 4- inch slices
1 pound of chicken (we used boneless thighs)
2 pounds tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
parsley and scallions
2 bay leaves
3 celery stalks
2 medium onions
3-4 garlic cloves
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, butter and garlic to make a seasoned topping to serve
In the pressure cookers, start by browning the sausages, reserve. Add chicken cook until golden and reserve for later.
Add to the pressure cooker the vegetables and sweat for a couple of minutes.
Add the meats back to the pot along with dried beans, enough water to cover the liquid by 1 inch (It depends on the size of the pressure cooker you have. I like to make sure I have enough, but not more than 3/4 of the pot. Most pressure cookers now have a “fill line”
For the spices, if using fresh, 1/2 Tbsp, less if you are using dried. It also depends on personal taste. One can always adjust and add a bit more fresh herbs before serving.
Lock the pressure cooker lid in place according to manufacture directions and set to high heat until 15 psi has been reached. You will hear and also see the steam coming out of the pressure cooker regulator. At this point, set the timer for 10 minutes.
Open the pressure cooker according to manufacture instructions, drizzle some olive oil, and seasoned bread crumbs and serve.