4 Instant Pot Spring/Summer Recipes and their Perfect Wine Pairings
As one looks forward to summer, here are 4 Instant Pot recipes perfect for sunny days and fun times with friends. And what’s the point of good food, if there’s no fine wine to drink it with?
Well, no point really! This is why the recipes presented have been paired with a top-quality wine each. The food-wine pairings mentioned here are all made for each other, like yin and yang!
And why the Instant Pot? Well, the device cooks food faster, holding more flavor and moisture, while also retaining more nutrients than any other cooking method.
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
This Mongolian beef recipe is perhaps the easiest beef recipe on Corrie Cooks! It takes just 10 minutes of cook time in the Instant Pot – half the typical time required to cook beef, which is usually 20+ minutes. The Instant Pot also ensures that the beef is juicier and way more delicious than otherwise.
The strong flavors of beef need an equally powerful wine that will not get overpowered by the meat. Most wines can’t hold up to beef, and among those that do, it doesn’t get more exotic than the 100% Sangiovese varietal – Le Miccine Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014. Just 1200 bottles of the wine were produced from a single Italian vineyard in 2014. Its been aged in oak for 30 months, with an additional 6 months in the bottle. This wine is lively, fresh, and pure, with notes of blackcurrant, black cherry, and a hint of sweetness. The wine is very delicately balanced, and the flavors on the palate deliver exactly what was promised on the nose.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 ½ lb top round beef/flank steak, cut in slim strips
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 1 onion, chopped
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup Hoisin sauce
- ½ tsp ginger, fresh, chopped
- ½ cup green onion, chopped, as an optional garnish
- Place all the ingredients into the Instant Pot.
- Seal the lid, and cook for 10 minutes under high pressure.
- When done, let the pressure release naturally.
- Stir once, and serve with rice, broccoli, and a glass of the very exotic and rare, Le Miccine Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014.
Instant Pot Crumb Fried Shrimp With Triple Mushrooms Treat
Shrimp and mushrooms join hands with Asian flavors to deliver a dish that’s easy to make, and tough to resist. A fresh Pinot Grigio goes well with the seafood, as well as the creaminess of the dish. The perfect choice is Adria Vini Conviviale Pinot Grigio 2019. This light-golden wine has ripe fruity notes on the nose, and delivers good texture as well as weight on the palate, along with a dose of fresh citrus acidity.
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1 tbs garlic, minced
- 4 tbs white button mushrooms, chopped
- 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
- 4 tbs cremini mushrooms
- 1 cup seafood inventory/stock
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 lbs shrimp fritters, crumb fried
- ½ lb scallops
- Pepper and salt, to season
- Put the Instant Pot into sauté mode, and throw in the butter, garlic, and onions.
- Cook for 3 minutes, and then stir in the mushrooms.
- Cook for 2 more minutes, and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
- Close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes under high pressure.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally, and serve hot with a glass of cool Adria Vini Conviviale Pinot Grigio 2019.
Instant Pot Chocolate Cake
This melt in your mouth chocolate cake is complimented perfectly by a peach-pink glass of Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat. This Muscat is made from late-harvested grapes, is lightly fortified, and comes from Rutherglen, Victoria, the Australian region famous for sweet wines. It offers a typical grapey Muscat nose, with tasting notes of caramelized sugar and raisins.
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup melted butter
- 3 whisked eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- 1 pinch salt
- Powdered sugar, as a decorative topping
- Line a 6-inch cake form carefully with parchment paper, ensuring it also covers the sides.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together – flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and sugar – in a large bowl.
- Mix in milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, and eggs.
- Pour in the batter, and cover with foil.
- Pour the water into the Instant Pot, and put in a trivet.
- Carefully place the cake form with batter on top of the trivet.
- Cook for 30 minutes under high pressure.
- When done, let the pressure release naturally.
- Take the cake form out, remove the foil, and allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes. Slice into portions of your choice.
- Sprinkle slices with the powdered sugar, and serve with a chilled glass of Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat.
Instant Pot Basil And Rosemary Braised Beef
Another beef dish calls for another coveted classic. Chateau Lanessan Les Caleches de Lanessan (DL) 2011 is one of 2 wines produced by Chateau Lanessan, a highly-rated estate with a known history of 700+ years. It is located in the heart of French wine country – Bordeaux, and this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (36%), and Petit Verdot. It is full-bodied, medium to dark ruby red, with a hint of acidity, and delicate, silky smooth tannins. A versatile wine, it does well when consumed young or aged for a decade.
- 2 lbs beef
- 1 tbs Italian seasoning
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 3 tbs basil leaves, chopped
- 3 rosemary sprigs
- 1 cup water
- Black pepper and salt, as per your taste
- Rub the beef with black pepper, Italian seasoning, and salt.
- Put the Instant Pot into saute mode, and pour in the olive oil. When hot, put the beef in, and cook for 4 minutes, turning the meat around.
- Add in the basil and rosemary, to cook for another minute.
- Add water, and cook for 15 minutes under high pressure.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Place the meat on a serving plate, slice, and serve. Don’t forget a generous pouring of Chateau Lanessan Les Caleches de Lanessan (DL) 2011 to go with it.
And when summer comes there’s a lot more to look forward to at Dornoch, besides great food and drinks. There’s golf, North Coast 500 (500-mile route around the Scottish coast), walking and cycling trails, as well as visits to famous distilleries to choose from. Best of all, to rest after all that activity, are historic castle rooms, or luxury Black Isle cottages.