Quick and easy Instant Pot mashed potatoes made in the pressure cooker can save so much time and effort! Add these to your Thanksgiving menu!
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Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year? If so, then this recipe needs to be on your menu. I typically really enjoy hosting Thanksgiving dinner, but it can be a little tricky to get the timing of everything just right. Can I make anything ahead of time? What all needs to be baked in the oven? What all needs to be cooked on the stove top? Can I make anything in the slow cooker? And this year, what can I make in my Instant Pot pressure cooker? By now, it’s no secret that I love my Instant Pot. I’ve posted recipes for everything from oatmeal to chicken chili to brown rice and boiled peanuts. Most recently, I slightly adapted a recipe from Pressure Cooking Today and made these quick and easy Instant Pot mashed potatoes, which were delicious!
I have to say, these were seriously quite possibly the quickest and easiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever made (instant powdered mashed potatoes don’t count!). Normally, I feel like it takes forever to make homemade mashed potatoes. Peeling all of the potatoes, dicing them into cubes, boiling them, blah blah blah. Too time consuming for me these days. But now that I’ve discovered this method, I won’t think twice about making homemade mashed potatoes. There were a couple of tricks that made this process a breeze.
First, you may remember me raving about this gadget when I made slow cooker apple butter. It turns out that it also peels potatoes like a boss. Really. A few quick cranks and the job of peeling is done. No more sore wrists from peeling those babies by hand!
Second, cooking the potatoes in the Instant Pot is a so.much.easier. No more boiling water and babysitting the pot while the potatoes cook. You just pour a bit of water into the Instant Pot, put the quartered potatoes onto the trivet, lock the lid and cook for 8 minutes. While that is happening, you can be doing something else! After 8 minutes, do a quick pressure release and your potatoes should be perfectly cooked and ready to mash.
Mashing by hand does typically result in a better texture, in my opinion. It takes a few minutes, but since these are cooked so nicely, it’s actually pretty easy.
The other magnificent thing is that once your potatoes are mashed, you can keep them in the Instant Pot on the “Keep Warm” function until you are ready to serve. You should definitely add these to your Thanksgiving dinner repertoire! Because they’re so easy, you can also add these to your regular weekly meal plan.
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