Saturday, July 15, 2017

Instant Pot Beginner Recipes

Hi Friends-
As promised to those of you who I convinced to get an Instant Pot on Prime Day....here are some beginner recipes that I consider tried and true (and super easy).

First to answer the questions I get most often...

How is it different than a slow cooker?
This is an electric pressure cooker. It can do almost anything a slow cooker can do (and even has a slow cooker setting) but it can also do it pressurized in about 1/10 of the time. It can also make rice and yogurt and you can saute things right in it so you are actually making "one pot" meals rather than needing to brown or sear meat or vegetables in a separate pan.

That being said, I won't get rid of my slow cooker because I still use that too! Mine specifically is a different shape which is sometimes helpful and there are certain things that I choose to make in that instead of my Instant Pot. I will say that the more I experiment with and become comfortable with my Instant Pot, the more I reach for that instead of the slow cooker.

What do you use it for?
One of my favorite things about it is for the days that I realized I didn't take any meat out to thaw for dinner until around 3pm. It does such a great job even with frozen food. One of the recipes I will share below was literally frozen pork chops with applesauce dumped in it and my family went crazy for it. Sometimes when I have a pretty bare fridge I just like to google random ingredients I have to see if I can find any ideas of recipes I can fiddle with to make...those usually turn out to be some of our favorite meals :) It can also make totally dried beans (without soaking) in less than an hour...now that is impressive.

ok...so I'm just going to share a few recipes I've used and if you are an IP user and have some favorite please share them too!

One thing though...it takes a while for the pressure cooker to get up to pressure...so if a recipe calls for 25 minutes on high pressure...you won't have dinner on the table in 25 minutes.....it can take up to 10-15 minutes for the pot to build up the amount of pressure it needs to start the countdown (depending on how much liquid, etc)...so just add that to your plan!

All in One Pot Chicken & Brown Rice
I love this recipe so much because it's literally all in one pot and all done at the same time. I can turn it on....take my kids on a walk, come back and the entire meal is totally done. Make sure you try her homemade cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup to go in it. Easy and so delicious.


Ribs
I used to cook ribs for hours and hours in the oven...but now they spend about 25 minutes in the instant pot and another 10-15 in the oven (to bake on the sauce) and they are fall off the bone delicious every single time! Recipe here




Pork Chops & Applesauce
I WANTED to make this recipe where you make pork chops and a delicious homemade gala apple cinnamon applesauce with whole apples right in the pot.



But alas we had no fresh apples in the house but we did have a half empty container of applesauce so we ended up making this...not nearly as pretty...but delicious!



This Spanish brown rice is a must have for taco night or to make ridiculously flavorful taco bowls with. Also, if you are not in the mood for Spanish rice...this is a perfect recipe for plain brown rice, just don't add the flavorings...

Pot Roast
The pressure cooker really shines on any kind of tough/cheap cut of meat that you want to make delicious. I love this pot roast recipe that suggests that you cook the vegetables first and then add them back in at the end so they don't get totally disintegrated.


Beef Stroganoff
Speaking of turning tough cuts of meat into pure deliciousness...this is a family favorite too. Like any good German Family we love us some stroganoff. You will never have meat as tender and delicious as when made in your pressure cooker! Recipe here


Indian Food
Indian food is sooooo good in the pressure cooker. Basically you get the idea of slow all day cooked stews in minutes. This Instant Pot Butter Chicken was a big hit with our family.




Chicken Broth
We used to make our chicken broth in the slow cooker overnight. Basically whenever I made a roast chicken I would put the bones in the slow cooker with some onion, carrots, celery and herbs, fill it up with cold water to the top and let it cook all night in the slow cooker. While it works out perfectly fine, it fills the house with very powerful smells all night which wasn't my favorite thing when I was trying to sleep. Making it in the instant pot yields the same results in less than an hour. A good recipe is here

Yogurt
My daughter eats yogurt every morning for breakfast so I'm embarrassed to say we haven't tried yogurt making yet....but this is the recipe I have bookmarked for when I finally decide to take the plunge!


Alright, well I hope I gave all of you IP virgins at least some first dishes to try! Once you start experimenting and playing with it...I'm confident you will love it too!

Happy Instant Pot'ing!






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