I am fast becoming a big fan of my Electric Pressure Cooker, especially for making dishes that are time consuming or need constant monitoring, which can now be done relatively quickly and with minimum fuss.
My latest breakthrough/creation is Polenta, and what better way to celebrate this grandiose moment than with a big bowl of Cacio e Pepe.
Sounds fancy doesn’t it! You can definitely wow your friends and family with this one, but in Italian it simply means; ‘cheese and pepper’. Loads of it!
As Polenta is relatively bland, if you are going to eat this on its own, you will want to ensure that you have seasoned it well.
Alternatively, you can use this dish as a side or in place of rice, pasta or mashed potato.
It is simple with a pressure cooker, quick and easy and makes for one-pot washing up.
Don’t have a pressure cooker? Just follow the instructions on the Polenta packet and cook accordingly on the stove-top and then add in the remainder of the ingredients.
Polenta Cacio e Pepe
- 1 cup polenta not the quick cooking kind
- 1 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 120 grams Parmesan cheese finely grated
Add water, polenta, salt and pepper to your Electric Pressure Cooker and stir to combine.
Put the lid on and set the valve to seal as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Turn the machine on, if not already done so and set to High Pressure for 10 minutes.
Once the machine has finished cooking, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
Add the butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and stir vigorously to combine.
Serve in a bowl and add more Parmesan cheese and pepper over the top.