Instant Pot Ukrainian Potato Soup

This is a recipe for a simple and easy potato soup.  How is this potato soup more Ukrainian than regular potato soup? This comes from some variations on potato soup that were in my set of Ukrainian women’s cookbooks but also the memory of my baba’s creamy potato soup. Plus, this one has added Ukrainian-ness with cabbage and a cup of sour cream that makes it extra creamy.

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Instant Pot Creamy Beet Salad with dill and spring garlic

This is an easy salad and side dish for the spring and summer.  Like many Ukrainian recipes, it has cream and then you add a bit more cream.  It’s a rich salad with great garlic and beet flavours.

The Instant Pot speeds up the cooking time on your beets (or in my case, one giant beet).  And, you can take advantage of spring garlic if you can find this special springtime treat.

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Instant Pot Golden Borscht with duck

Several years ago now, I was intrigued by Olia Hercules’ recipe for Green Borscht that appeared in The Guardian. It was full of sorrel and beet greens but no beets.  But, the protein was duck.

I decided to make a duck-based borscht like Olia’s but with what I had on hand. If you have sorrel and beet greens, her recipe looks amazing.  This recipe uses yellow/golden beets and red chard and gets topped with some crispy duck skin.
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Instant Pot Beets with herb pesto

This recipe isn’t a traditional Ukrainian-Canadian recipe.  But, it’s all beets so you’re most of the way there.  I’ve combined red and golden / yellow beets here but either kinds work.  If you’re using both, keep them separated while marinating in the sauce – because red beets make everything red.

These beets can be made a day ahead.  With some time overnight in the fridge, they become even more flavourful.  A great make-ahead side dish for Easter. Continue reading “Instant Pot Beets with herb pesto”

Instant Pot Sunday Cream Chicken with potatoes and carrots

This recipe will curdle.  It’s just a fact of pressure cooking dairy with the Instant Pot.  But, it totally works out in the end, and no one will know about the (deliberately curdled) disaster.  Plus, it’s made in half the time. Chicken and vegetables are cooked separately with a pot-in-pot.

Chicken cooked in cream is a standard Ukrainian Sunday dinner.  This manages itself into a one-pot dinner in about an hour.

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Instant Pot Quick “Canned” Vegetarian-Vegan Borscht

This is my third recipe for borscht – a little different because this one is made (almost completely) out of canned vegetables. Bonus, there’s almost no chopping with julienne-cut beets in a can. Fast! Easy!

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Gluten-free Instant Pot Traditional Kutia

Kutia, a sweet mixture of cooked wheat, poppy seeds, and honey, is the most important dish of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal.  Part of the tradition is for everyone to eat some.  But, what if you have friends or family members who are celiac or avoiding gluten?

Here’s a kutia recipe that uses oat groats instead of wheat kernels. And, you’ll be done in 60 minutes!

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Instant Pot Easy Creamy Summer Borscht

This version of borscht is meant for the spring or summer.  It uses young beets and beet leaves along with fresh, summertime ingredients like dill, fresh peas and fresh broad beans.  Don’t have those things? Frozen dill, frozen peas and canned broad beans make great substitutes.

Also, a new technique that makes Instant Pot borscht-making even faster!

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Instant Pot Bukovinian Nachinka – Ukrainian Cornmeal Casserole with Bacon

Bukovinian Nachinka (known as Bukovynska nachynka) is similar to my traditional nachynka recipe for the Instant Pot. This is just as easy and has just a few extra steps to add bacon.

Bukovina? It’s one of those in-between-places in Eastern Europe. The northern portion of Bukovina is part of the Ukraine. I’m not sure what makes the addition of bacon more Bukovinian but that’s how it’s called in my recipe books.

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Instant Pot Sviachene – Ukrainian Easter Menu

Ukrainian food at Easter is just a polar opposite of the Sviatia vecheria – Christmas Eve menu.  Christmas Eve is about meatless and largely dairy-free dishes.  Easter is the opposite:  a lot of pork plus dairy.

They’re Christian holidays but have roots in pagan traditions.  Easter is a celebration of spring and family.

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