10 Easy Instant Pot Recipes Delicious Enough for Your Holiday Table
During the holidays, when it seems like there's never enough space in the oven or on the stovetop, let your Instant Pot help out. Regardless of what you have in mind for your menu, these gorgeous, easy-to-make pressure-cooker recipes will free up some space, cook in far less time, and make your holiday season a whole lot easier.
Yankee Pot Roast: Yankee Pot Roast is a family favorite, and this one will feed — and impress — a crowd with very little effort. Serve over quick-cooking polenta with plenty of Parmesan or atop mashed cauliflower. (via Nom Nom Paleo)
Mac and Cheese: If your holiday meal revolves around comfort foods, add Instant Pot mac and cheese to the table this year. Unbelievably thick and creamy, it's ready in minutes with almost no work. Dress it up by serving fresh herbs, toasted breadcrumbs, truffle oil, bacon, or your favorite mac and cheese topping on the side. (via Pinch of Yum)
Turkey Breast and Potatoes: If the idea of cooking a whole turkey seems overwhelming, you'll love this easy option. This one-pot meal yields juicy turkey and flavorful potatoes — plus gravy FTW. (via Simply Happy Foodie)
Maple Smoked Brisket: Smokey and tender, this brisket is deceptively easy to make and feeds a crowd. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and a green salad for a low-effort, high-impact holiday feast. (via Bare Root Girl)
Vegetarian Chili: If you're hosting a casual gathering or an open house that will last a few hours, consider a simple dish like vegetarian chili that'll be easy to keep warm. Set up a bar with all your favorite toppings, and your guests can serve themselves even if they arrive long after mealtime. (via Center Cut Cook)
“Rotisserie” Chicken: Spend more time entertaining and less time in the kitchen with this tasty recipe. When made in the Instant Pot, this juicy "rotisserie" chicken is ready in just 15 minutes. Pair with roasted potatoes or crusty bread, a green salad, and a crisp white wine for the finishing touch. (via A Bountiful Kitchen)
Vegan Barley-Mushroom Risotto: This vegan and whole-grain spin on risotto is just as creamy as the original, but you don't need to stand over the stove for an hour. In fact, you hardly even have to stir it. Top with sautéed mushrooms and snipped chives or scallions and you'll get an extra flavorful bite. (via Holy Cow Vegan)
Apple-Stuffed Pork Loin: The Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting too, and though it'll take longer to get your holiday meal on the table, this dish is well worth it. It's stuffed with apples and topped with a sweet and tangy glaze, then served on a bed of savory slow-cooked onions. You can pull this one off even if you're a novice in the kitchen. (via The Magical Slow Cooker)
Starbucks Copycat Egg Bites: We didn't forget holiday brunch. Use your Instant Pot to whip up these Starbucks sous vide egg bites — no fancy equipment needed! (via Foodie and Wine)
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake: The Instant Pot can also cover dessert. This gorgeous pumpkin spice cheesecake with chocolate drizzle is rich, creamy — and made in a pressure cooker. (via Simply Happy Foodie)
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Stepfanie Romine is a journalist turned ACE-certified health coach, yoga teacher, and freelance writer who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. When she’s not writing about health and wellness or developing recipes, Stepfanie loves trail running, hiking, and yoga — and exploring all the food and health trends Asheville has to offer. She has co-authored and contributed to several books about healthy living, and her most recent is “The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.” Find more from Stepfanie on her blog, The Flexible Kitchen, or on Facebook or Instagram.