Monday, August 14, 2017

MISSISSIPPI Roast but wait; not with chuck but with Chicken Thighs! It's way cheaper and it's way delicious oh and did I mention I cook it in the pressure cooker? Yeah

MISSISSIPPI Roast but wait...I make it with Chicken Thighs!  It's way cheaper and it's way delicious oh and did I mention I cook it in the pressure cooker? Yeah I did. 

This is how you do it.  I didn't do play by play shots, I didn't think of it until we were eating then I realized YOU had to make this too...  I'll make it again and will do a video

TRACY'S MISSISSIPPI ROAST BUT WITH CHICKEN (IN THE PRESSURE COOKER)


INGREDIENTS

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (get the family pack)
1 package dry ranch dressing
1 package dry gravy mix
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup for my non American people)
12 peperoncino peppers, plus a little dribble of brine from the jar
1/2 cup of water

METHOD

I cut the extra fat off the thighs and brown them in a little oil.  
*don't brown the chicken in the pressure cooker, it just doesn't get hot enough, I try and try but it just is no good, use a little pan, brown a couple at a time and drop them into the cooker as you do.*
Add the water to the pressure cooker and put the chicken in. 
Sprinkle the dry mixes over the chicken, put the butter on top, the peppers around and dribble a little brine over.  DON'T MIX IT IN, just layer it all
Lock and Load the pressure cooker, set to HIGH pressure for 15 minutes.
Let the cooker come down naturally, open,
EAT

This keeps well for HOURS on warm, it freezes beautifully.  You can shred the chicken for sandwiches or just eat them over rice or potatoes, it's just crazy delicious and I think I might prefer it to the chuck version. 

Make it, it's amazing 

When you open the lid, wow.  the dark brown is some of the gravy mix, a quick stir and it dissolves, so so good
 

I served over rice with steamed green beans, oh did I mention so so good.
 


/enjoy





Sunday, August 13, 2017

IF, in your life you only learn to make one cake, this is the cake you need. It's gorgeous and tasty and easy and you will absolutely love it



THIS is the cake I make all the time, in many different variations for different used, the base recipe is always this.  It makes great sheet cake, thick cake, tres leches (I'll do that video next) and, well, you just need to know how to make it.

You MUST use a scale, sorry but you do, it doesn't work right with a conversion so go spend the $10 and get a scale and then rush home and make this cake. THIS is the scale I use, no, I'm not compensated at all:
http://www.tracycooksinaustin.com/2016/10/product-review-kamenstein-digital-scale.html 



NOW, the recipe, 
TRACY'S BASIC SPONGE CAKE, or MY  125 GRAMS OF EVERYTHING CAKE

Ingredients
125 grams of self raising flour (OR a/p with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp baking powder)
125 grams sugar
125 grams butter, room temperature is best
125 grams of eggs
dribble of vanilla, dribble of milk to make it loose drop consistency. 

BAKE in a greased and floured pan (or line with parchment) at 350 till done and gorgeous.

Go make this, truly, it's so easy and so tasty and "real" cake. 

/tracy

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chinese pie VIDEO tutorial, the mashed potato topping too

This is a super quick, easy, cheap and delicious meal, it's a one pot on the stove and into the oven.  These are the videos, just go make it, trust me, you're going to love it.



Here is the blog post link to my Chinese pie:
http://www.tracycooksinaustin.com/2013/02/chinese-pie-isnt-this-cottage-pie.html


I was asked to do a video, so I did... it includes two videos, one for the pie and one for the pressure cooked mashed potatoes.

Hope they're clear enough, oh and be kind, I'm new at this.




the mashed potatoes recipe is:

6 potatoes peeled and cut into hunks
salt, pepper, water, milk, butter

Place the potatoes on a rack in the pressure cooker over about an inch of water, lock and load, high pressure for 8 minutes.

Remove the rack and drain the water out, put the potatoes back in the hot insert and mash, add butter and salt, pepper and milk as you like.  EAT.

Here's the video:






Friday, August 11, 2017

THIS is my single, small, white loaf of sandwich or anything you want, bread. It is easy, you don't need a machine, trust me, you can do it, I know.

  
 

Single, small, white bread loaf, this makes one, it is easy, you can do it, trust me, I'm the queen :)


The whole method and video is on youtube, BUT the recipe is so easy...

In the bowl of a kitchen mixer (or by hand, you don't need a machine for this) dump it all

RECIPE
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 heaped tsp yeast
1 heaped tsp shortening
water to form a soft dough.

Mix to a soft, slightly sticky dough, form a ball, cover and rise 1 hour
Form to loaf, in greased pan, 45 mins or until double
BAKE in pre-heated 375 oven for 20 mins, spin and cook another 2

REMOVE to rack and cool before you dive in and and eat it all


/enjoy!!!