Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Monday, October 15, 2018

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

Comforting stew doesn't have to take all day!
This hearty version is done in just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Well, soup season is finally here.

Along with other things.  Crunchy fall leaves, hot chocolate, big, comfy sweatshirts, shivering in your house because you refuse to turn on the heat {oh...just me?}, fall-scented candles, pumpkin spice lattes and so much more.

I've had two reader emails in the last few days asking for my favorite soup recipes.  How can a girl choose?

If I can't be savoring a classic bread bowl filled to the brim of creamy, rich Broccoli Cheddar at Panera Bread {by myself please} then you'll find me making a homemade batch here at home.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Some of my family's favorites include:


Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This Instant Pot thing still amazes me.  I've pretty much made everything you can think of in that darn, cute, amazing appliance.

Have you gotten yours yet?  And at the very least if you haven't, have you put it on your Christmas list yet?  It makes an amazing gift, because really EVERYONE benefits from it.  The one I purchased earlier this year, I now see is $10 cheaper on Amazon.  I am imagining it to continue to go down as the holidays approach.

Snatch yours now!  The version I use is HERE.

I find that my 6 QT version is perfect for our family of 5, but they do have smaller and larger versions.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandasavoryfood.com)

Back to this stew.

It's hearty and creamy and FULL OF FLAVOR.  The veggies are nice and tender and all your picky eaters won't notice them {too much}.  The stew meat basically falls apart when it's hit with your spoon and literally melts in your mouth.

Does that description seal the deal?

If it doesn't you are pretty much dead to me.

Kinda.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This batch feeds 4-6 people, but can easily be doubled if you are feeding more people.  There is more than enough room in the pot to double it.

But, do yourself a favor and serve it with a hearty, crusty chunk of bread along the side {or grilled cheeses if the kids insist}.  You need bread to dunk into that thick broth.  It's a rule.  That was basically my kid's favorite part about dinner.

Mine too.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What do you like to make in your Instant Pot?

Also, P.S.

We are on a serious countdown to my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.  Just a sneaky heads up!  I know, it's not even Halloween yet, but I feel it is my duty to keep you in the loop.  This year is my best yet.

So many wonderful companies have jumped on board to give away some stellar product and gifts.  Make sure you are following me NOW on Facebook and Instagram because that is where all the fun will be happening from December 1-12.

Whose ready?!?!

Yield: 4-6

Instant Pot Beef and Potato Stew

Thick and comforting, this beef and potato stew is made in the Instant Pot! Super quick and full of flavor.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 50 mins

ingredients


  • 2 lb stew meat, cut into small cubes
  • 2 T butter, unsalted
  • 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 3 T flour
  • salt and pepper

instructions


  1. Season the stew meat liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to the saute setting.  Melt the butter, then add the beef and sear on all sides until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add in the potatoes, carrots, cerely, onion, garlic, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire and seasonings.  Again, season with salt and pepper.  
  4. Set to the manual setting, making sure the pressure nob is set to 'seal' and set time for 35 minutes.  When finished cooking, do a quick-release of the steam.
  5. In a small cup combine the flour and 1/2 cup of the stew broth.  Again, set the Instant Pot to Saute and bring to a boil.  Stir in the flour mixture, stirring, allowing the stew to thicken.
  6. Serve immediately or set the Instant Pot to the 'Keep Warm' setting for up to 3 hours.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Classic Swedish Meatballs

Classic Swedish Meatballs have been around for ages...and they are still amazing!
This one skillet meal comes together in just 35 minutes.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

All hail the meatball!

If you've been reading for awhile, then you know I love a good meatball.  I've made so, so many over the years.  Where do I start?  Some of our favorites are my Chicken Pesto Meatballs, my Iowa Ham Balls {a big, fun meatball} and my Sweet Thai Chili Meatballs.

Heck, I even came up with a list of my 35 favorite meatball recipes back in January.  I love them because you can put ANY flavor into them.  No one meatball is the same.

This time I decided to make this Classic Swedish version...you know the one that has been lurking around holiday parties since 1970?

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I do have a bit of Swedish hertiage in me....so why not?

My great-Grandmother was the last of 11 or 12 siblings {whose counting?} to be born here in America.  Her mother traveled across the Atlantic on a boat from Sweden {while pregnant} with I believe half of her children {some stayed back to arrive later} to make a home here in the States.

You think we have it bad...imagine traveling in not ideal conditions with a LOAD of kids without your husband {he had either already arrived or was coming later} to a foreign country back in the 1800's.

Gah.

I mean, I get cranky when I haven't had my coffee by 8 a.m.  I complain about my too-small house.  I think it's a crime when I haven't had a "girl's night" in over a month.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I guess this little dish is a tribute to that special lady, who in my mind basically conquered the world.  I wonder if she made these?  Did they even have beef readily available?  She certainly would have had to make her own egg noodles.  And gotten the cream from the cow out back.

Let's just all collectively say...

WE HAVE IT REAL EASY.

What I loved about these meatballs is that in 35 minutes I was eating them.  They may look like they take a bit of time, but really they don't.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The meatball mixture is simply ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg and a handful of spices.  One of which I think makes it....just a pinch of nutmeg!  Who knew, right?  I'm not really sure what it does but it gives it a fun, spike of flavor.

I decided to cook my meatballs in my favorite cast iron skillet, but you certainly can use a regular high rimmed skillet as well.  They both work the same.  After getting those little things crispy and cooked on all sides you pour in the cream ingredients, set it to simmer and let that sauce thicken up.  Boil some egg noodles and it's practically done!

I whipped up this dinner during the day {umm, food blogger here who needed good lighting for photos} and after it cooled a bit, I simply covered the dish with foil and stuck it in the fridge.

It heated up nicely later that night when ready to eat.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This comfort dish is PERFECT for a chilly Fall night.  It's comfort food at it's finest!  My kids gobbled it up.  What kid doesn't love a meatball?  And pasta?  You can serve them over mashed potatoes too - that is another option.  Or even rice.  Whatever your family enjoys.

As always thank you for reading!  And cooking my recipes.  I'm nearing 9 years in this food blog business and it never gets old hearing when you made my recipes.  Be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} on social media so I can follow along and comment!

Yield: 18-20 meatballs

Classic Swedish Meatballs

These classic meatballs made with beef, breadcrumbs, egg and special seasonings are later covered in a rich, creamy broth and cream gravy. Serve over egg noodles and the meal is complete!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients

Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T minced onion flakes
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional: egg noodles
Cream Sauce
  • 1 T + 4 T butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 T worchestshire sauce
  • 1 t mustard
  • salt and pepper

instructions


  1. In a bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat a large rimmed cast iron skillet to medium heat.  Place a tablespoon of butter in to melt.  Using a small cookie scoop, form together 18-20 meatballs and place in the hot skillet.  Cook each side for 2-3 minutes, until all sides are browned and crispy.  Remove from the skillet and cover with foil.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and whisk up the brown cooked bits until the butter turns a light brown.
  4. Keeping over medium to medium high heat whisk in the beef broth and half and half.  Then add in the worchestshire and mustard, seasoning with additional salt and pepper.  Let this mixture simmer to thicken, about 10-15 minutes.  Taste to adjust seasonings.
  5. Return the meatballs to the sauce and stir to coat.
  6. Meanwhile cook egg noodles, drain and serve the meatballs over the noodles with the sauce.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Apple Cider Donuts

These baked Apple Cider Donuts are mouthwatering and delicious!
Whip up a small batch or double it for a crowd.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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It's so much easier to bake donuts for the family than make dinner, you know?  Each day around noon, even with the meal planning I do, I still sometimes stare into the freezer and fridge and ponder...what in the heck do I make tonight?

Last night as we were sitting down to dinner {chicken tortilla soup} and one or more kids were complaining about the soup {too many peppers} and my frustration was growing {steam coming out of my ears}, the husband turned around and smiled.

"Do you ever get tired of making dinner each night for five people?"

YES.

A resounding YES.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My response was, "it's much easier to make an decadent breakfast".  They always love that.  Sweet, sugary stuff always goes over well.

Enter THESE DONUTS.

Granted these type of breakfast treats don't grace our table on normal school mornings, I leave those days for boring things like oatmeal, eggs and cereal.

But, enter in Saturday morning and I'm game!  Saturday mornings are meant to be lazy {when we don't have early morning football games}, they are meant to be cozy {sleeping in}, they are meant to involve hot coffee and sweatpants and books and cuddles on the couch.

Basically my best life.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These donuts.  Where do I start?

First, get a donut panThis Wilton version is what I use.  It might possibly be the best $11 I've ever spent.  It has given me so, so many wonderful Saturday morning donuts.  It washes up easy, is dishwasher safe and gives you just six donuts at a time {because I cannot be trusted with a dozen}.  If you CAN be trusted with a dozen donuts I recommend this 12-cavity version.

Buy it yourself HERE.  Or at the very least put on your Christmas list.

Next, get your hands on some apple cider.  It's October people!  You need to have a jug in your fridge for a casual sip or to bake with - it's an autumn rule.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These donuts are sweet and tender and flaky and sugary and DELICIOUS.

Yes, I make you reduce some apple cider.  I understand most of my recipes do not require these extra silly steps, but trust me when I say reducing that apple cider with make it thick and syrupy and a perfect addition to this donut batter.

Plus some melted butter.

And half and half.

And that cinnamon and sugar topping.  Which falls all over the place and sticks to your face and is basically the best thing since Netflix.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

See that bite?

I took that bite.  For photography purposes.  It was glorious.

I let our four year old eat the rest and delivered one to our neighbor.  It really was the best part of my day.  Do yourself a favor and print off this recipe and starting making them this Saturday.  Your family will be requesting them on Thanksgiving morning, no doubt.  Or on Black Friday before you head out shopping.

Sink your teeth in.


Your won't regret this.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Yield: 6

Apple Cider Donuts

All the flavors of Fall are in these tender, flaky, soft and sweet baked donuts. Make just 6 or double it for a bigger batch!
prep time: 25 minscook time: 11 minstotal time: 36 mins

ingredients

Donut Batter
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 t vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted

instructions


  1. Pour the apple cider into a small saucepan and over low heat reduce the cider to about half.  This will take 15-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  When reduced by half remove from the heat and allow to slightly cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 cavity donut pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar and white sugar.
  4. Add in the wet ingredients to the dry: reduced cider, melted butter, egg, half & half and vanilla.
  5. Stir into a thick batter.  Spoon into the donut pan, filling up 1/2 to 3/4 of the way.  Bake for 11 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned.  The donuts should spring back to the touch when done.
  6. In a bowl melt the butter and set aside.  In another bowl stir together the sugar and cinnamon.  Dunk the slightly cooled donuts in the butter, both sides, then coat in the cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Serve the donuts slightly warm.  That is when they are the best!  Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Nothing screams comfort food like jazzed up mashed potatoes.
This version has cheesy deliciousness written all over it!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole...an ideal Thanksgiving side dish!  Cheesy and rich this dish can be prepped up to 3 days ahead for that busy holiday.  A family favorite! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know what's fun?

Adding cheese to mashed potatoes.

Other things I'm finding fun.
  • Coffee dates with my girlfriends.
  • Grocery shopping by myself.
  • Wearing leggings and blousy sweatshirts now the weather has cooled down.
  • Watching our oldest play football.
  • Baking with ALL THE PUMPKIN {this dessert}.
  • Following these women {eunamaes, Emma Hicks and The Lemon Bowl} on Instagram.

The moral here is to find little things FUN.  Life is short.  Enjoy what makes you happy.  And you know what really makes me happy?

Adding ALL THE THINGS to mashed potatoes.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole...an ideal Thanksgiving side dish!  Cheesy and rich this dish can be prepped up to 3 days ahead for that busy holiday.  A family favorite! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My oldest requested mashed potatoes for dinner weeks ago and well, life got in the way, and it took me a long time to actually get them on the table.

Instead of our usual version, I jazzed these up, added a TON of stuff and baked them off in the oven.  Not traditional, but very delicious.

And since I'm a food blogger and we work ahead {Christmas recipes in October, Valentine's Day sweets in early January, 4th of July treats in May...you get the picture} I'm making Thanksgiving side dishes in late September.

It's what I do.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole...an ideal Thanksgiving side dish!  Cheesy and rich this dish can be prepped up to 3 days ahead for that busy holiday.  A family favorite! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

For the last few years I've had many, many Thanksgiving recipes go haywire {in a good way} on the interwebs.  Remember this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese?  This Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake?  Or this version of Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes?  Maybe this Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole?

All are good.

This new one is good.

You need to pick ONE {or all four} and have them grace your holiday table this year. It's never too early to start planning!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole...an ideal Thanksgiving side dish!  Cheesy and rich this dish can be prepped up to 3 days ahead for that busy holiday.  A family favorite! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Double, super, added bonus to this Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole?  You can make it ahead.  Up to 3 days ahead!  

It keeps brillantly in the fridge, sealed tight - again, ideal for Thanksgiving.  Prepping side dishes ahead is pretty much a needed given on this busy, Thursday holiday.

Enjoy this one - it's a keeper!

Yield: 8-10

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

A great prep-ahead comfort casserole! Ideal for the holidays, this cheesy, rich potato dish is a big hit.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 65 mins

ingredients


  • 6 large potatoes
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + add'l 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. minced onion flakes
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper

instructions


  1. Scrub, wash and peel the potatoes.  Cut the potatoes into thirds.  If using an Instant Pot to cook them, place in the pot, cover with water and set to 6 minutes.  When finished, release the steam, drain and place in a large mixing bowl.  If using the stovetop method, put the potatoes in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.  When fork tender, drain and place in the large mixing bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if baking right away.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add all ingredients to the mixing bowl and using a potato masher or hand-held mixer combine with the soft potatoes until smooth.  Taste to adjust any seasonings.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to the baking dish.  Cover with foil.  If not baking immediately, place in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Otherwise bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and sprinkle with the additional 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes until melted.
  5. Serve warm.
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