Dishes you should definitely cook in the best instant pot

First things first – Do you know what an instant pot is?

Instant pots are electric pressure cookers that can be used to prepare numerous dishes (rice, brownies, yoghurt, steak and even wine). Maybe wine is not a dish, but isn’t it amazing that you can make wine at home? We will not include the instant pot wine recipe in this article, but it’s great to know that it can be used for this purpose.

All instant pots are packed with numerous possibilities, and as a newbie you may have no idea what to choose, or at least at first. Once you will start experimenting with your new tool, you will discover new recipes. Who knows, maybe you will create one or two. Here is our top of the tastiest dishes you can cook with an instant pot.

 

Rice

Rice can be the base for countless dishes. Some models of instant cookers even feature a rice button, so you should definitely try some rice recipes. Japanese dishes are simply delicious, so you should start from there. Before placing the rice in the cooker you should soak it in the water for 20 minutes, the process will help it become tender all the way through. Drain all the excess water, the rice should be completely drained when you place it in the pot. The ratio of water for Japanese rice is 1 to 1.1.

If you want to use the rice as a base for multiple dishes, you should infuse it only with herbs and garlic. We suggest adding the following ingredients when you place the rice in the instant pot:

  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • Half tsp dried thyme
  • Half tsp garlic powder

Drool-Worthy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

When cooking for a party, appetizers are essential, and with an instant pot, you will find easy to re-create a restaurant favourite in your own kitchen. Spinach and artichoke dip is a dish that will make your guests get drool. It’s cheesy, creamy and garlicky.

Here is what you need: a can of artichoke hearts, frozen spinach chicken broth, 1-cup mozzarella cheese, 1-cup parmesan, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, 1-cup sour cream, and pasta sauce.

Put in the pot all the ingredients, minus the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. When the cooking time elapses, you should add the cheese and parmesan, stir until they are melted and let it sit for around 5 minutes. You can place the dip in a pumpernickel bread or you can place it in a bowl and serve it with tortilla chips.

Carnitas or crispy Mexican pulled pork

For many people carnitas are one of the sweet memories they have from when they visited Mexico. You’ll find them irresistible, they are juicy and tender with crisp edges. It’s simple to cook this dish, you have to cube the pork meat, marinate it, pressure cook it, shred it, and eat it.

You’ll need: 1500g pork meat, 200 ml chicken broth, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 onion, 1 teaspoon cumin seed, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, the juice from one orange, and 1 lime. You put the meat and the ingredients in the instant cooker, let it 20 minutes to marinate, then you add the chicken broth and pressure cook it. When ready you shred the meat and place it on tortillas. 

Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese is a dish everyone loves because it’s delicious and simple to cook. You may be sceptical to cook it in an instant pot, but when you will serve it, everyone will be amazed by its flavour. The instant pot makes the mac and cheese super creamy, as you would eat it in a restaurant. You will need a cooking liquid for this dish, so you should use some chicken broth. It’s recommended to choose one low in sodium and to add salt later if needed.

Seasoning is crucial for this dish; you should use garlic powder, pepper, and hot sauce before you start cooking the mac. Don’t worry, the final dish will not be spicy because the sauce only adds a special flavour. If you want to boost the taste of the mac, you should mix different types of cheese. A great recipe combines mozzarella and cheddar so if you lack ideas you should stick with this combination. instapots.net recommends checking the pot’s instructions to know what feature you should use to cook every dish.   

The homemade version of macaroni and cheese is simply better than everything you would buy from the supermarket.

Cheesecake

There’s something magical about cheesecakes, the combination of cream cheese and fruits delights your senses. The instant pot doesn’t disappoint us when it comes to satisfying our sweet tooth, we can use it to make some of the most delicious desserts. The traditional cheesecake takes a lot of preparation, mixing, stirring, and creaming the ingredients to obtain the perfect emulsion. The instant pot will help you cut down the work, and where do you count that you don’t have to wait overnight to try it?

So what do you need?

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • ½ sugar (for the cream)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fruits

Before starting to mix the ingredients, you should insert a baking pan into the pot. Pour 2 cups of water in the cooker, and then place the baking pan. Use the cracker crumbs, sugar, the butter and the flour to make the crust. Once it’s ready, you can start preparing the cream, from the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Pour the obtained cream in the baking pan. It takes around 30 minutes to bake the cake. Once ready, you should leave it to rest for another 30 minutes before adding the topping. Place it in the fridge for about 60 minutes before serving it.

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