Odysseus got me a PowerCooker for Christmas. I'd been eyeballing them for a while, and just before Christmas last year, they were marked $20 off their usual price at Sam's Club for their Advantage members.**
Fast forward seven months.
It's hot as hell. I don't wanna cook and heat up my kitchen. Lots of baking's been done on the propane grill, and some skillet cooking (the lovely thing's got a side burner). But I ran out of frozen roast slices. Which I love for fast lunches with little bother.***
Even the crock pot heats the kitchen up a bit.
Since I hadn't been cooking, I'd had some energy to do some work in the kitchen, cleaning and rearranging to free up a grounded plug in (this house doesn't have many), and only two of the plugins in the kitchen proper are grounded. And only one of those was really accessible.
Yeah, I got the counter cleared, got the pressure cooker pre-cleaned, and read the directions. And then I made roast. And then I cleaned it up again, and made another one.
And then I made my version of chicken fajitas with brown rice. Which...didn't turn out quite as well. Because apparently, you gotta have a heavier hand with the seasoning with the pressure cooker than you do when you make the same dish on the stovetop to get the meat to taste right. But. The chicken was so tender that when I tried to cut it up after I'd cooked it (from frozen), it just...fell apart. Totally. This thing is going to make killer pulled chicken in salsa.
And then...then Odysseus asked me, "Would that make the stew meat turn out that tender in the stew meat fajitas?" Turns out, that was the only reason he didn't really like those as well.
The answer...is yes. Yes, it does. Very much.
That was delicious.
And makes four days' worth of lunch for Odysseus for next week, instead of sandwiches every day.
PowerCooker Beef Fajitas
1c brown rice
1lb-1.5lb beef stew meat
2 cans ro-tel
1/2 c water or broth (I used Sam's Choice Beef Bone Broth)
Put meat in pressure cooker (if yours has a saute-function, you can brown it with the seasoning first--I didn't bother. Add rice, ro-tel, and liquid, stir to mix. Fasten lid. Use rice/risotto button, and then add time (needs about 25 minutes). Turn around, walk out of kitchen, and wait for beep. Go back, use the safe-release valve to release the pressure, then stir.
If there's more liquid than you like, you can either let some of the liquid simmer out, eat it like soup (which was good, by the way), or use a slotted spoon to serve.
*Gents. Do not, I repeat, do NOT get your wives/girlfriends/significant others any type of appliance for a birthday or holiday unless they ASK FOR IT for that holiday. Your safety depends on this.
**The $100/yr membership at Sam's Club has some significant advantages: frequent discounts on things you typically get anyway (like $2 off cases of ro-tel, or Nutella, or peanut butter, or other groceries), and gives you a cash reward at the end of a specific period. We haven't paid for our Sam's Club membership out of pocket in about five years, now.
***Fast lunch: pull out slice of leftover roast, nuke it, slap it on a Wasa cracker with some flavored mayo and cheese, and eat.
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