Leek & Pine Nut Savory Flan in Radicchio Wrapper

Raddichio and Leek Flan

These little packages of deliciousness need to be unwrapped to be eaten. The exterior is a little bit bitter, the interior is creamy and salty with little leek and pine nut surprises every bite and then.

Pressure Cooker Accessories Pr. Cook Time Pr. Level Open
6 L or larger steamer basket, heat-proof bowl(s) 10 min. High(2) Natural
Leek & Pine Nut Savory Flan in Radicchio Wrapper Pressure Cooker Recipe
Recipe type: pressure cooker
Cuisine: Italian
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  • 1 Head of Radicchio (long red cabbage)
  • 1 Leek, sliced and lightly sauteed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) Milk
  • 1 pound (500g) ricotta
  • ½ cup (60g) Grana padana cheese
  • sprinkling Nutmeg
  • ¼ cup (50 g) Pine nuts
  • generous sallt and pepper
  • Olive Oil (not the good stuff)
  1. To the pressure cooker, with the top off, boil some water and quickly shock the radicchio leaves to soften.
  2. Just dip the leaves, and pull them out quickly with tongs and place them in a strainer over the sink to dry.
  3. Slice leek into thin disks and saute - reserve some of the green leaves to cut and use as ties.
  4. With a mixer, or a very fast fork, blend the ricotta, eggs and cheese. Then, with a fork fold in the pine nuts, leeks salt and abundant pepper - a little more seasoning than you would normallyy use because the ricotta really needs it (about a teaspoon and a half).
  5. Re-use the liquid in which you shocked the radicchhio leaves to steam the flans, if you like.
  6. To the pressure cooker, add the steamer basket or rack and set aside.
  7. Prepare the heat-proof forms, by rubbing them with olive oil.
  8. Then, artistically arrange the leaves inside the form. Use scissors to trim the edges for a perfect fit.
  9. Pour the mixture in the forms.
  10. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker reaches pressure, lower to the heat to the minimum required by the cooker to maintain pressure. Cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  11. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Natural release method - move the cooker off the burner and wait for the pressure to come down on its own (about 10 minutes). For electric pressure cookers, when cooking time is up count 10 minutes of natural open time. Then, release the rest of the pressure using the valve.
  12. Serve warm or chilled. To serve warm, let the forms cool (the flan is still cooking in it) for about 20 minutes before serving. To serve chilled, let the forms cool for about an hour before putting them in the refrigerator.
  13. To unmold, simply turn the form upside-down onto each dish. If the flan does not come down on it's own, insert a flat knife and run it delicately along the sides. Then, on one side pull the knife a little towards the center to break the suction. Place the plate on top of the form and flip it around quickly.
  14. Cut thing strips from the green part of the leek and tie decoratively around flan before serving.

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Raddichio and Leek Flan Pressure cooker recipe