10 Top Pressure Cooker Recipes of 2012… and how they got there!

Top ten pressure cooker recipes of the year photo collage
The most-clicked pressure cooker recipes of the year – four from last year remain strong, while six newcomers battle for the top spot!

10. The Stinking Rose, Perfectly Roasted Garlic – A pressure cooker technique innovation to jest to Modernist Cuisine’s two hour pressure cooked garlic confit. We, instead, aimed to replicate oven roasted garlic and got the job done with just five minutes of pressure!

9. Pressure Cooked Pasta Casserole – This recipe moved up from tenth place last year because it is so easy to make.  The recipe showcases pasta that is pressure cooked from dry in  a meat sauce and the results are guaranteed al dente–  the hot bubbly mozzarella topping is an optional touch that makes this dish irresistible!

Julia Child's French Onion Soup Pressure Cooker Recipes

8. Julia Child’s French Onion Soup Pressurecookerized – When we spotted a pressure cooker in Julia’s vintage “The French Chef” television show we took on the challenge of replicating Julia Child’s French Onion soup soup as authentically as possible under pressure.

7. Pressure Roasted Baby Potatoes – A pressure cooker technique innovation that flips potato cooking upside-down to achieve charred, yet fluffy, roasted potatoes faster. This pressure cooker recipe went viral on Pinterest and introduced many new converts to pressure cooking.

Pressure Cooker Dulce de Leche

6. Dulce de Leche Pressure Cooked Condensed Milk – A carefully explained pressure cooker technique to ensure the safest and fastest possible way to make this delicious dessert condiment.  This recipe was also featured in Bon Appetit’s blog with kudos from their test kitchen!

5. Pressure Cooker Whole Beer Can Chicken – This recipe moved up from sixth to fifth place this year. A recipe technique innovation that not only pressure cooks a whole chicken but makes it easy to fit a bigger bird by sitting, rather than laying, it in the cooker.

4. Hummus Pressure Cooked Chickpea Spread – This was the fourth  recipe, last year too!  Hummus is clearly a classic recipe that really highlights the pressure cooker’s speed and health benefits. Chickpeas ready in 13 minutes, instead of 3 hours?!?  Yes, please!

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

3. Carnitas Mexican Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork – When we ran our Mexican Pressure Cooker recipe special, we were sure that the pressure cooked tamales would get all of the attention.  Instead, this spicy pull-apart tender meat dish got many more clicks! Since the pork   pressure cooks in less than an hour, marinating it overnight beforehand cooking ensures the meat is extra tasty. And, of course, this meat can be served in many ways.  We ate ours from in lettuce cups!

2. Easy-Peel Pressure Cooker Hard-boiled Eggs – This pressure cooker technique innovation was the number one recipe, last year.  This method triggered a pressure cooker egg craze because, though it does not necessarily save time from cooking without pressure, the ability to use a fresh egg and have the peel practically fall off is just so dang cool.  This year, the technique got lots of love from our online foodie friends- it caught Michael Ruhlman’s attention, was featured on LifeHacker and became the favorite snack of Nom Nom Paleo!

Pressure Cooker Bread

1. Pressure Cooked Bread – A pressure cooker technique innovation, this recipe aimed to get a passable savory bread from the pressure cooker.  Not meant to replace oven-baked bread, this recipe was developed for people with very limited energy use (for example, sailors and campers).

The hip test kitchen spent an inordinate amount of time  trying different methods and recipes – for what we thought would be a small low-interest, niche technique.

It turns out, that this recipe is perfectly suited not just for travelers, but also for people who live in countries where energy for cooking is both inconsistent and costly – like readers from  India and Brazil (our statistics show an 80% increase of readership from these countries for this recipe).

Thousands of new readers plus a feature on LifeHacker (also translated into Japanese)  knocked  the pressure cooker bread technique from niche and to chic.

Which recipes, have you tried?  Leave a comment, below!Top 10 Pressure Cooker Recipes