Heritage Day is one of those Public Holiday’s that is Proudly South African. A day to celebrate all of the unique and mixed cultures we have in our Rainbow Nation. No other country in the world can claim to have so many national languages, so many different and unique cultures and such a fantastic array of food!
I asked over on Instagram if you could pick one meal unique to YOUR heritage, what would it be? Here are some of the fantastic answers.
- Samp and Beans – Which I am proud to say I have tried and tested and actually LOVED in my Instant Pot
- Chicken Curry – Another one I have successfully “crossed over” and now will only make in my instant pot, i’ll be sharing my favourite recipe soon!
- Bunny Chow – Last year I did a lamb curry for Heritage Day, you could easily convert that and put it into your bread?
- Bobotie & rice
So what did I choose to make for Heritage Day?
We adore a good set of ribs, our preference is without a doubt beef ribs. I find the flavour a little more “mild” in comparison to lamb and I love the amount of meat you get on the bone. I have NEVER tried to make them in my Instant Pot, my normally “braai” them but let’s face it, with temperatures soaring as they have been the last week, why not skip the “braai day” and just have a swim and spend the time with your family day?
The ribs were fall off the bone tender, and I finished them off under the grill for 5 minutes so they had that beautiful charred texture. I marinated these in a Prego style sauce and my husbands only complaint was that we didn’t have more ! Served up with mealies (also cooked in my IP), homemade coleslaw and some garlic bread, you couldn’t get more South African if you tried 🙂 Actually we could… For dessert I made a “milk tart” flavoured Crème Brulee, both are some of my ALL TIME favourite desserts, so why not try to combine them?
No dealing with messy water baths here, I steamed them in my Instant Pot and they cooked in 7 minutes! The only let down was I ran out of gas in my blowtorch (which I bought years ago in my Master Chef days, specifically for Brulees 🙂 ), so I had to grill them in the oven, so excuse the less then “Pintrest Worthy” picture, but hey, it was a family meal after all and it’s the taste that counts right? TRUST ME, if you are a fan of Milk Tart or Crème Brulee, you need to try this recipe !
Happy Heritage Day South Africa, may this day bring positivity and a united spirit in us all. Whatever meal you choose, cut down the time cooking, use your Instant Pot and enjoy the day with your family! Recipes below:
For a step by step video tutorial check out my Instagram Page here
Instant Pot Ribs
- Pressure Cooker
- 1/4 cup Steers Prego Sauce
- 2 TBSP Steers Barbeque Sauce
- 3 TBSP Tomato Sauce
- 2 tsp Red Ginger Garlic Masala
- 1 tsp Crushed Garlic
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar For the steaming liquid
- Marinate your ribs in all of the above ingredients (except for the vinegar), Ideally for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Put 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar into the container and place the metal trivet on top.
- Place the ribs on the trivet or steamer basket.
- Place your lid on and make sure the vent is set to steaming.
- Select pressure cook, make sure its on high pressure and set the timer for 22 minutes.
- Natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then release the rest.
- Baste your ribs with the remainder of the marinade and grill/broil for 5 minutes to give them that charred feeling.
- Get messy and enjoy!