Comfort food on a boat is vital when the weather is rough and the crew is wet and cold. The last time we sailed from Washington to Hawaii the first week out was all of that – and the first day or two we were beating to boot. Living in foulies, struggling through even a 4 hour shift, learning that propane is no way to heat a boat – these required an antidote. I didn’t have this recipe on that trip, so I made split pea soup (without losing the dried peas everywhere – a secret boat fear of mine) and added bisquick stove-top biscuits. Stove top because our oven didn’t work that whole three-month trip. (Remember to put testing-the-oven on your pre-trip checklist!)
The meal was a hit. So I will say that bisquick biscuits are a comfort, but I’m not sure they’re food. So I’ve found a much healthier, tastier replacement that takes even less time, is a great leftover for future meals, and well, just warms the cockles of your heart. Polenta – without standing over a stove for an hour, stirring!
If you haven’t used your pressure cooker much this is a great starter recipe. Keep the heat low, just high enough to keep pressure, so that the bottom doesn’t burn.