Little Life-Changer: How to Use Your Instant Pot® for All Your Holiday Cooking

November 14, 2018

Little Life-Changer: How to Use Your Instant Pot® for All Your Holiday Cooking

This one-pot wonder will get you through the entire season.

There’s a reason why people can’t stop talking about their Instant Pot pressure cookers. They really are that good. Cooks love them for their multifunctionality—which combines a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and more into one easy device. We love it, too, and have no plans to get through this holiday season without it. Here are some ideas on how to use one for your holiday cooking.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Done!

You can use the Instant Pot to make your entire Thanksgiving dinner. Yep, you read that correctly. Your entire Thanksgiving dinner, including your turkey (as long as it’s a small one), can be made in the Instant Pot. Watch the video above to see how we used it for turkey, potatoes, and even dessert!

Christmas Dinner? Check!

The Instant Pot can handle Christmas feasts too: turkey, ham, steamed green beans, veggie casseroles, mashed potatoes—no problem! This brussels sprouts recipe will make you a believer. And for dessert, spoil them with cheesecake. Yes, cheesecake made in your Instant Pot.

New Year’s Eve Party? Cheers!

If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve soiree, you’ll need loads of finger foods for people to pick at throughout the night. Pulled and shredded meats (chicken and pork in particular) are also crowd-pleasers. Pick one (or both) and make sliders, lettuce wraps, or tacos. You can’t go wrong with meatballs either. They’re a great Instant Pot menu item and can be served with toothpicks for easy cleanup. Chicken wings? Yep! Cook them in the Instant Pot, then add your favorite sauce and broil until they’re crispy. Dips work well, too: We’ve never said no to spinach artichoke dip or buffalo chicken dip, both of which can be made with, you guessed it: an Instant Pot.

Play around with your favorites and you’ll find that most of them can be made in less time using an Instant Pot.

What are your favorite holiday recipes? Do you have an Instant Pot? Let us know!

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