Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. While you may already appreciate how versatile an appliance it is, check out these unexpected Instant Pot recipes—like hummus, no-knead bread, and limoncello—that may surprise you.
You know your Instant Pot is a whiz at whipping up staples like soups, beef Stroganoff, and Asian chicken with broccoli. If you happen to be lucky enough to own a newer model like the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer, you may fire it up (so to speak) for the crispiest roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, kale chips, and buffalo wings you’ve ever tasted. But did you ever think about using your Instant Pot for marmalade? How about risotto? Or even bread? We’ve compiled some of the most unexpected things to make in the most versatile gadget in your kitchen.
If hummus slathered on crispy pita chips or crudités dunked in the irresistible chickpea and tahini spread are your go-to healthy snack of choice like Allyson Zea and her family, you’ll want to add this Instant Pot staple to your repertoire. The recipe developer and blogger behind @domesticsuperhero soaks and cooks chickpeas mixed them with roast garlic, lemon, and spices. This recipe makes four to five cups; store enough in the refrigerator for your daily cravings then freeze the rest so you always have hummus on hand. Get the Instant Pot Garlic Hummus recipe.
One sip of this heady lemon liqueur and you’ll be transported to a sunny café in Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. While limoncello can usually take weeks or even a month for the lemon peels macerating in high proof vodka to gain enough flavor, this version from lifestyle and recipe blogger Melissa Kuczera of @sparklestosprinkles bursts with bright flavor after less than an hour, and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a month. Try it chilled neat or on the rocks with club soda and blueberries, or add a splash to Champagne or sparkling wine. Get the Instant Pot Limoncello recipe.
A crusty, herbaceous, rosemary-studded olive oil boule is one of the most popular breads in every grocery store bakery—with good reason. But did you know you can make it in your Instant Pot? Vegan blogger Dhwani Mehta of @cookingcarnival whips up this copycat version with just four ingredients and no laborious kneading required. She uses the yogurt button on her Instant Pot to proof the dough; if you don’t have one, simply put the dough in a glass bowl, cover it, and place it in an oven set to off with the light on. Serve it in slices or just tear off warm pieces and dip it into high quality EVOO and freshly cracked pepper. Get the Instant Pot Olive Oil Rosemary No-Knead Bread recipe. (Or try this Instant Pot bread that is fully cooked in the appliance, though it calls for broiling to develop a crisp crust.)
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You may already know that the Instant Pot can make creamy, dreamy cheesecake and Key lime pie. But what about a silky caramel flan? Also called crème caramel in Spanish-speaking countries, this decadent dessert usually requires a water bath, a process made easier here with with the IP. Blogger and Honduras native Valerie Cooper of @onehappyhousewife recalls the versions her mom made while she was growing up. Her variation is denser and creamier than the traditional jiggly recipe; if you adore it as much as Valerie does, she suggests investing in a flan pan that fits perfectly in the bottom of the Instant Pot’s metal bowl insert. Get the Instant Pot Flan recipe.
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Any chef (or home cook) will tell you that risotto is one of the most labor-intensive dishes to make, a constant ritual of adding broth, stirring, reducing, repeat. It’s decidedly not meant for the set-it-and-forget-it mentality—until now, that is. Cookbook author and blogger Chungah Rhee of @damn_delicious deems her recipe a game-changer and we are apt to agree. It sounds deceptively simple: saute garlic, onions, and mushrooms; add rice, broth, and herbs; pressure cook for just six minutes; then add veggies. Molto bene! Get the Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto recipe.
Switch things up from your usual snack of seasoned chickpeas crisped in the Instant Pot. Popular in the southern United States, boiled peanuts are cooked in the shell along with coarse sea salt; the end result is a shell that’s easy to crack filled with peanuts with the consistency of a slightly cooked bean. Whether you grew up buying paper bags full of the warm legumes from roadside stands or have never tried them before, you’ll be a convert once you try this easy recipe from Chrysti Benner of @marginmakingmom. For more flavor, add Cajun seasoning and garlic powder to the peanuts before cooking. Get the Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts recipe.
Corn on the cob dripping with butter is one of life’s true pleasures. But when you get home from the farmer’s market with a dozen freshly shucked ears, who wants to wait for the water to boil? What’s worse, it’s all too easy to overcook, resulting in soggy, not crunchy, bitefuls. The Instant Pot to the rescue. Food blogger Karen Petersen of @365dayscrockpot uses the steam feature on hers to make corn in (wait for it) just two minutes. While it’s cooking she mixes up an herby garlic butter. Get the Instant Pot Garlic Butter Corn on the Cob recipe.
The era of spending hours canning and preserving fresh fruit for jams and jellies are over. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can capture the colors and flavors of seasonal produce in a fraction of the time. This marmalade from Colorado food blogger Sarah Jenkins of @frontrangefed only takes twenty minutes of cooking and thickening with pectin until you have jars of tart and tangy citrus spread for toast, English muffins, bagels, or croissants. What’s more is that it’s riffable if your penchant leans towards Meyer lemons, blood oranges, or even trendy ingredient yuzu. Get the Instant Pot Orange and Lemon Marmalade Recipe.
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