This year my birthday landed on Thanksgiving and since I was just coming back home from my recent travels I wanted to have more of an intimate Thanksgiving gathering that included my husband and our two daughters rather than the large traditional gatherings we do with our families every year.
I pulled the birthday girl card and asked for one of my favorite meals which happens to be fried chicken! Jonathan, my partner in crime, makes a mean fried chicken that we adopted from the famous Chef Thomas Keller. If you’ve never been up to Ad Hoc in Yountville, I suggest you go as soon as you can.
We made a very simple gluten free fried chicken dinner using Foster Farms Organic Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks, charcuterie, kale salad, green beans, baked potatoes, and mac and cheese with cauliflower.
I love a good home cooked meal and for the most part we try to prepare all the things we make from scratch, but when our schedules are simply insane, we find shortcuts like picking up a Fresh Organic Sweet Kale Chopped Salad kit by Earthbound Farms. I had the pleasure to check out Earthbound Farms last month courtesy of Safeway, you can read more about their products on my last blog post.
We made our baked potatoes in our Instant Pot which took half the time than it normally does. Below are 4 steps on making the best Instant Pot baked potatoes.
4 Steps for the Best Instant Pot Potatoes
1. Start with similarly sized potatoes.
This ensures that the potatoes cook evenly.
2. Pierce the potatoes.
3. Add a trivet and water to the Instant Pot. As with all Instant Pot recipes, it's essential to start with liquid in the bottom of the pot. A cup of water helps create the pressure that allows the potatoes to cook. The trivet keeps the potatoes elevated from sitting in the water.
4. Use potato size to determine the cook time. You can cook any and all sizes of russet potatoes in your Instant Pot. We used medium sized ones.
Small russet potatoes (6 to 8 ounces): 12 minutes at high pressure
Medium russet potatoes (8 to 10 ounces): 15 minutes at high pressure
Large russet potatoes (10 to 12 ounces): 18 minutes at high pressure
Our fried chicken recipe is one that we always go to in our house. It’s by far our favorite fried chicken recipe and one that’s used often when we’re celebrating in our house. Jonathan loves to fry our chicken using a deep fryer, but for Thanksgiving we opted to use our AirFryer because we wanted to keep our meal a little on the lighter side since we were pretty much eating throughout the day.
Growing up I had a mixture of large or intimate family gatherings. Some Thanksgivings were filled with family members and family friends. Filipinos love to party, love to host, and love to eat. This year I’m so happy we opted for an intimate dinner for four. As we sat around the table I asked my family to share 3 things that they were grateful for about the each family member. As they girls opened up I couldn’t help but feel the immense amount of pride for how we raise our little family. It hasn’t been easy, but I appreciate the messy, beautiful, and unconventional way we live and love.
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