The holidays are coming up, which means it is time for the best, yet busiest times of the year! I always love this season. It’s full of family and of course, good food. My family loves to get together for a big meal, so Thanksgiving is always a favorite around here, but cooking for a crowd is always a challenge. Even though we have two ovens, it is still a puzzle to figure out when to cook certain dishes, which dishes can be cooked together and which ones can be baked at the last minute.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve come up with a solution. And not just a solution for the holiday season, but a solution for busy days all throughout the year, too! You know, for those days that you planned this amazing roast for dinner, but then life happened and you don’t get into the kitchen until 5pm and you have a load of hungry mouths to feed. Enter: The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven (dun dun dun!!!)
For those of you who don’t know what a pressure oven is, it is basically an oven that can cook meats really, really fast. But for those of you who are familiar with the appliance, please, before you brush this off because pressure ovens are scary, hear me out. Classic pressure ovens that scare you, also scare me. You know the type, the ones where you feel like you’re going to do something wrong and it’s all going to explode and burn your entire kitchen? No, no. This is not that type of pressure oven. This Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven is FANTASTIC. It’s so easy to use and is extremely safe. I had no worries, concerns or anything while learning how to use it and now I want to tell the whole world that we can now use a pressure oven! Let me first tell you about it…
The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven comes with a really good guide with specific instructions on how to use it. It also tells you what to do to prepare your oven before your first use, and for me, this was a really great time to feel comfortable with my oven before even putting food in it. It also doubles as a regular oven, so you could even use it without the Pressure Mode at first (you know, so you and Wolfgang Puck can get acquainted first). While you’re doing that, you should start browsing their recipe guide because it gives you lots of ideas of what you can cook in this bad boy.
Once I was ready to try it in Pressure Mode, I had to choose what to make. I started with the Simple Rotisserie chicken because seriously, who doesn’t love a good rotisserie chicken? The recipe guide was great. It told me exactly how to tie it up and place it in the oven. The only advice I would give you on this one is to check if it’s ready before you take it off the rod. For some reason, I totally trusted the recipe and just took it off. It ended up needing a few more minutes and that is when I realized that the recipe says that depending on size, it may need more time. Oops! I just got ahead of myself.
Once it was done, though, it was delicious. Like so yummy, I wanted to cook another one. The meat was so moist and it only took 45 minutes! Score! Totally worth it and I will never cook a rotisserie chicken any other way.
I then baked cookies in the oven. YES. I made cookies! I baked it in the pressure mode and it took about 5 minutes. Cookies in 5 minutes? Sold. I am still playing around with this one, but it is fun to see what types of cookies take longer than others, and how to bake them best. If you love experimenting in the kitchen, this is a fun one (and a yummy one, too!).
I also had to cook a roast in pressure mode. I had to. Roasts normally take several hours and knowing I have the option to cook it in 50 minutes, how can I not? So I did. And it blew my mind! It was SO good! I felt like I could have even shortened the time more since it was smaller than the recipe guide called for. I just put the seasoned roast in the roasting pan with some broth and veggies, set it to pressure mode, and voila! Roast in less than an hour. It was so good and worth every second (or lack of seconds) to cook.
See? This oven is amazing and essential for the busy days. Our Thanksgiving will be transformed with this oven! It’s also a great size. It’s very small compared to normal ovens (about the size of a large microwave), so I just put it on my counter and store it when I need the counter space. It’s a beautiful chrome, which I love, and its simple design makes it way less intimidating.
The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven would be the perfect addition to your kitchen as you prepare for the holidays (purchased here) and just a busy time. I do love cooking, but when all the family is together, I would love a few extra minutes to be with them rather than in the kitchen. Don’t you agree?