My mom (Gluten Free Grandma T) got me an Instant Pot for Christmas and it changed my life! It’s made meal preparation so much easier for me. I can cook a whole bunch of meat (or beans) in a relatively short amount of time, and do things that took all day in the Crock Pot in an hour.
I usually look at a few recipes and then freestyle, based on what I have on hand. However, I followed the following recipes pretty closely (I’ll note what I modified) and thought they were pretty great. Here’s what I’ve been cooking in my Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
What I changed: Used hot smoked paprika in place of regular, omitted rosemary, and added a couple split garlic cloves to the cooking liquid
End result: Delicious. I mashed the potatoes with skins on with a little half and half and it came out great. I thickened the sauce left in the Instant Pot with a little corn starch slurry to make gravy. This produced five meals!
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
What I changed: Omitted ketchup and oregano. Added 1/4 cup sriracha, a little chicken broth, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Subbed coconut aminos for soy sauce. Didn’t bother with seeds and onions at the end.
End result: Really good, especially once I thickened the pan sauce with a little corn starch.
Pressure Cooker Feijoada
You may recognize feijoada as Brazil’s national dish. It’s basically a meat and black bean stew.
What I changed: Omitted pork shoulder, baking soda and salt; used beef stew meat instead of short ribs; tripled garlic; used beef stock instead of water
End result: Loved it. Served over rice with sauteed greens and diced up oranges.
I’ve tried a few other things (like a mujadara that was really mushy thanks to the difference in rice and lentil cook times) but these are the best I’ve found so far. I hear you can make risotto in the Instant Pot, so I’m dying to try that one! Do you have any favorite Instant Pot recipes? Link them in the comments!
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