Hobbit Meals: Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

December 15, 2013

Hobbit Meals

We back to cooking with Aunty Hobbit for this one. So we were all over at Oma Hobbit’s house and watching QVC and we all ended up being suckered into buying a pressure cooker. Yup. Each of us, myself, my mom and my sister bought one.

They arrived and again we went to Oma Hobbit’s house and Aunty Hobbit and I decided to give this a whirl.

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe: Squiddoo

Macaroni and cheese is not a new dish for me. Remember, I have a 4-year-old in the house. However, the pressure cooker was a brand new device for us. QVC had promised us we could make macaroni and cheese in 9 minutes. NINE MINUTES. That was too much for our Hobbit hearts and we had to try it.

We pulled the pressure cooker out of the box and washed it up. We glanced at the instructions to get the gist of what we shouldn’t do. In hindsight we should have started out reading this completely as we had to keep rushing to it for help but whatever. Instructions are dumb.

The cooking was easy enough. It was a lot of dumping ingredients into the pot except the butter, milk and cheese. Then we started mashing buttons on the control panel like crazy. This is the first instance of going back to the instruction booklet. We set the pressure and timer for 7-minutes as the recipe we used instructed.

Then we stared at it.

The 7-minute timer didn’t change. Oh dear. Back to the instruction booklet. Ok so the timer doesn’t start until the pressure was up.

We waited longer. Nope still didn’t change.

Back to the book. Ohhhhhh …. we had to have the nozzle on “Pressure”. Ah, well that was silly of us. We set that and did a happy dance when the timer ticked down to 6-minutes.

Success! The timer went off and we went to release the pressure like instructed. When I touched the release knobby thing, Aunty Hobbit screamed at all the steam which freaked me out and caused me to start screaming. After assuring everyone else in the house that we were fine we added the rest of the ingredients and stirred them all up.

The result was a pretty yummy bowl of macaroni and cheese. It wasn’t the best macaroni and cheese but I’ve eaten a lot of macaroni and cheese in my day.  When I do it again, as I certainly will do it again, I will cook the noodles a bit longer. They were done but just barely. I think I’d like my noodles to be a little softer than what these came out.

It didn’t look like it made a lot in the pot but it was enough for five Hobbits to get a bowl with a little left over in the pot so not so bad.

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9 Responses to “Hobbit Meals: Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Ranni Says:

    Used a pressure cooker a TON growing up (mostly for dried beans and meats) but haven’t had one to use in many years. I’ve been dropping hints and hope to find one under the tree on Christmas. Never even thought about doing mac-n-cheese in one. Makes me wonder what else you can do in a pressure cooker!


    • Amytrine Crossbrook Says:

      The late movie reviewer, Roger Ebert, wrote a book about all the things one can make in a rice cooker. In many ways, a rice cooker and a pressure cooker are the same thing. I would strongly suggest looking up the text in question, The Pot and How to Use It. It’s both a wonderful cookbook and an amazingly hobbitesque philosophy text in one.


  2. Avatar of andyb
    andyb Says:

    Childhood memory of the pressure cooker was the time my dad was making chicken stock with it, forgot to monitor the pressure or something and the weight on top went off like a rocket leaving a dent in the ceiling.

    Not sure if I’d do mac cheese in one as I like to make the sauce from scratch and tweak it as I cook before bunging it all together and attacking the top with a blowtorch.

    Soups are much faster in a pressure cooker and allow for some really chunky ones for winter warners.

    Once had stovies made in one and the meat was nice and melt in the mouth.


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    Vræden Says:

    Mrs. Vraeden makes a crock pot mac-n-cheese, but never seen it in a crockpot. We may have to try this.


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