Some beans do need to be soaked in order to cook evenly without blowing out—but not black beans. And since I discovered this, black beans have become my bean staple. How much easier does it get than Max's lazy black bean recipe? The answer is that it doesn't really get any easier than that, but a pressure cooker sure makes it faster.
Traditional techniques for caramelizing onions can take hours to deliver extra-sweet, complex flavor. The pressure cooker reduces that time down to about 30 minutes of hands-off cooking. Finishing off those onions with sherry, stock, and some aromatics transforms them into a soul-satisfying classic French onion soup.
Miso paste is high in glutamates and will add a deep savory backbone to a dish without overwhelming it. We use a touch of miso paste in both our squash risotto and our mushroom risotto. In those recipes, the miso is a flavor enhancer. In this recipe, the miso is the star.
Pho bo—Vietnamese beef noodle soup—may be more popular in the states, but its cousin pho ga, made with chicken, is easier to make, and in my book, just as tasty. What if I told you that you could make a superb bowl of Vietnamese chicken noodle soup with rich, aromatic broth and fall-off-the-bone tender chicken, all in under half an hour? The pressure cooker comes to the rescue.