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The holidays are my absolute favorite time to cook…the delicious elaborate meals with multiple courses and my home filled with savory smells and the people I love. Does it get any better??
What would be better?? How about a Holiday meal that was finished in 30 minutes or less and then cleaned up with just as much ease? Sound too good to be true? I thought so too but was recently shocked by the ease of using two amazing products: The T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker and Zabada Kitchen Handy.
I have always been interested in pressure cooking because it just seemed so “futuristic” to me! Like something out of Back to The Future…you know…when the mom pops the tiny pizza into the Hydrator and it comes out in seconds as a full size delight ready to be eaten? It’s been something I’ve been dying to try but honestly a little nervous and too scared to just go for it. When I had an opportunity to try out the T-fal Clipso I couldn’t say no and knew I had to do it.
When trying to decide which holiday meal I would make first in our new pressure cooker, my husband didn’t hesitate to suggest Cornish Hens. It is one of his absolute favorite meals and one that is perfect for holiday cooking because of it’s perfect single portion size! I dove right into pressure cooking and I’m never looking back…it is amazing.
We sprinkled a mix of herbs onto the hens and then browned them in some oil in the pressure cooker. We then added some carrots, celery and onions as well as a little white wine to infuse as much flavor as possible in the short time they would cook. We locked the lid and waited. After the pot indicated that it was pressurized perfectly (there’s a little whistle sound that tells you!) we waited only 12 minutes for the hens to be done. In that time, I was able to wash and quickly roast some asparagus as well as cook up some potatoes in my potato microwave bag my mother in law made me.
Once the timer went off, we turned off the stove and slowly released the pressure from the Clipso with the simple valve on the top. Once it was released, I easily used the button on the handle to unlock the pot and dinner was finished to perfection in less time than it takes to bake a frozen pizza! (See full Cornish Hens recipe below)
As scared as I was to try pressure cooking, it was all based out of a fear for the unknown. This is by far my new favorite way to cook! The possibilities are endless and we can have a delicious, juicy perfectly cooked meal done in so much less time than traditional oven roasting or baking.
When it came time to clean up our mess, it was chemical free easy cleaning thanks to the Zabada Kitchen Handy! This chemical free cleaning solution removes 99.9% of bacteria, grease and more with just water. There are two sides- a “Grime” side that will scrub clean basically anything in your kitchen, and the “Grease” side will get the grease off of things like pots and pans, your stovetop and even your oven!
Best part of this “Handy” (see what I did there?) kitchen tool? It lasts two to three years, saving you TONS of money and reducing all kinds of paper towel and chemical waste. Just simply follow the washing instructions-it’s totally machine washable-and it will last you a long time!
This was the perfect way to clean our Clipso, and it got all the cooked on bits from the hens out as well as the leftover oil, leaving our pressure cooker like new again, ready for our next meal.
- 2-3 Cornish Hens
- Assorted herbs of your choice (we used rosemary, thyme, sage and sea salt)
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 10 baby carrots or 2 standard carrots cut into smaller pieces
- 2 stalks of celery, cut to fit your pressure cooker
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1/4-1/2 cup Savignon Blanc
- Sprinkle and rub herbs onto each hen.
- Heat oil in your pressure cooker, then brown each hen individually on all sides, about 2-3 mins per side.
- Place all hens into pressure cooker, adding vegetables and wine.
- Bring pressure cooker up to full pressure at high heat.
- Once at full pressure, bring heat down to low and cook for 10-12 minutes (if hens are still a little frozen, add about 5 minutes to cooking time).
This holiday season, we want YOUR meals to be a little easier too…that’s why we are giving away this amazing kitchen set of a T-fal Clipso and Zabada Kitchen Handy! A $180 VALUE!
Simply enter below and we will choose a winner December 10th…perfect timing to give as a gift to the cook in your life OR keep for yourself!
*I received these products for review purposes but all opinions are my own.