I made buns from my go-to recipe this morning, dividing the dough into 16 mostly equal pieces. I do an okay job with the division if it ends up with 2, 4, 8, or 16. My eye is pretty good dividing by two. The odd numbers are more difficult. I can divide half-loaves by 3 to end with 6 buns, and each of those by 2 to get 12. Getting to 10 is hit and miss, cutting halfs into 5 pieces is easy enough, don’t get me wrong, but five equal pieces is another thing entirely.Anyway, they were not quite slider sized, but close enough. Here they are with smoked brisket – sliced and doused with orange habanero sauce. Yum!
These wings turned out well, despite a shaky start. A recipe I looked at said to throw the wings in a slow cooker with honey, soy sauce, and sriracha and cook on high for 3 or 4 hours, then broil for a few minutes to put a nice char on them. I decided to go with the Instantpot to save some time.
Not having a good idea how long to give them seemed to matter little as there is a setting for that. I pushed the poultry button and grabbed some fries from the freezer. The default setting translated to 15 minutes at high pressure. I wondered if that would be long enough. Need not have worried! They were falling apart and it was tricky getting them arranged on the broiler tray.
It’s been so long since I made these buns that I had to look at the recipe. I’m not a big fan of seeded buns so I leave them off, as a rule.
These went from dry to done in just a couple of hours thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker. It probably could have been done quicker but I was a little leery of the cooking tables. I have a vague memory of being disappointed in some pintos I cooked following their data. I decided to simmer them for an hour then give them an hour in the cooker. They cooked in chicken stock with a chopped onion, bay leaves, pepper, salt, dried thyme, and a couple chunks of cured ham.
Mmm… sloppy joe with giardiniera and a side of chips. Those are Utz salt ‘n vinegar flavored chips. Amazon had a deal on them for Prime members, alas the deal has moved on. [ETA: They’re back in stock!]Mrs J sent me this pic of Toby at the vet’s office. He tangled with a feral cat and got a bite on his tail that abcessed. He’s fine now.Gabe waits by the door with Homer keeping him company. Mrs J has just left for the vet with Toby. She told Gabe he wasn’t going but he hoped she would change her mind.Franks with beans on the side.Franks with beans on the top.Mmm… gumbo! This recipe came up first with a Google search and it looked pretty good. I took my usual liberties with the ingredients, crawdads for the shrimp, and chicken because I like chicken. I used a small can of tomato paste and added four fresh ripe tomatoes sans their skins. It does have andouille sausage.Ribs and fries. I need to work on my presentation – the half slab doesn’t look “ribby” enough.Here’s a fresh loaf in a plastic bag. Do you tie? I often use small office binder clips if the loaf is going into the freezer but the twist and tuck under is the way I go if the bread is going to be used that day.Gabe likes to climb on my lap to be reassured Mrs J will come back home.