I’ve mentioned my Instant Pot on the blog a few times, but I was so slow to learn about it that I’m just now getting around to doing a follow-up. When I first got it, I mainly just used it as a slow cooker because I had no idea what I was doing — now that I’m more comfortable it’s become my favorite kitchen appliance.
I still use it as a slow cooker often (and I’ve even converted a few to cook under pressure!), but I also use it for it’s intended functionality frequently. Here are some of my favorite recipes I’ve made thus far:
Turkey Breast & Gravy // I made this around Thanksgiving and it was perfect. I’ve never made anything resembling a roast before so this was out of my comfort zone, but the directions were spot on and resulted in what might be the best turkey I’ve ever had. I didn’t have poultry seasoning so I kind of made my own rub with poultry season ingredients, and I’ll probably be making this again for Christmas because it’s just that good.
Chicken Fajitas // My favorite thing about the Instant Pot is that you can cook chicken (safely) from frozen, unlike the slow cooker. Being able to dump it from the bag to the pot is perfect for me, especially when the result is perfect fajitas with barely any work. After cooking the chicken becomes shreddable, so you don’t even have to slice it up!
Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole // Pressure cooker aside, this is one of my favorite meals of all time. It’s so tasty that I’ve considered doubling the recipe just so there’s more to go around. I typically don’t like making things that require you to put it in a separate pan and broil it at the end, but this is so worth it that I don’t even mind.
Black Beans // Even my grandmother, who makes biscuits from scratch, typically uses canned beans for convenience. With the pressure cooker you don’t have to soak the beans beforehand, so it’s almost just as easy. I typically get 4 – 5 jars per batch, and I freeze them until the night before I need them. We got a value size bag of beans for $6 and a can is usually $.99 around here, so it almost pays for itself in one go! A little extra work but so worth it.