An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!

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9 of the BEST Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

Note from Laurie: My friends Cheree and Staci pulled together this amazing list of Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes and I thought it was such an amazing idea ~ I loved that they pulled together some of the PPP teams favorite recipes, and can't wait to try these out myself too. 

We thought it would be so fun to come up with some simple side dishes prepared all in the Instant Pot to make your Thanksgiving dinner a winner and relieve some stress too!

So, PPP team member Staci has been super busy testing out recipes in her Instant Pot for us and I think you'll be thrilled with the results. Here are the 9 Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes she tested out on her family to make sure they were easy, tasty and holiday-worthy too. 🙂

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

 

This cornbread dressing is a Thanksgiving favorite from PPP team member Staci's family . . .

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Momma’s Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of cooked cornbread (best from an iron skillet) – my grandmother, Momma, always said to use the recipe right on the Martha White cornmeal bag.
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Crumble cornbread into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cook celery and onion with butter in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Add to the cornbread.
  3. Add all ingredients to the cornbread and mix well.
  4. Place into a 6 cup bundt pan and cover with aluminum foil poking a hole where the hole is in the bundt pan.
  5. Pour 1 cup water into Instant Pot.
  6. Make aluminum foil sling for the bundt pan and lower into Instant Pot and onto trivet.
  7. Cover and cook on high pressure 15 minutes.
  8. Quick release and remove lid carefully.
  9. Brown in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, if desired.
  10. Flip out of bundt pan and onto serving plate.

 

We love our cornbread dressing down here in the south, but also included a savory stuffing recipe for you stuffing lovers too. 🙂

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Savory Bread Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 loaf bread, cubed and toasted
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cube and toast bread. Use a pizza cutter to cut the bread into ½-inch cubes. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes at 350°F.  Stir at 10 and 15 minutes. Place in a large bowl to cool.
  2. Cook vegetables. Place butter, celery and onion in a skillet. Melt and sauté until vegetables are cooked through.  Add chicken broth, salt, sage and pepper and stir well. Pour over the bread cubes and mix well. Stuff into a 6 cup bundt pan. Cover with aluminum foil poking a hole in the middle where the hole of the pan is.
  3. Pressure cook. Pour 1 ½ cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place the trivet into the bottom. Make a foil strip sling and use it to lower the bundt pan into the pressure cooker. Fold the strips of the sling down so that they do not bother the closing of the lid. Lock the lid into place. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Use a quick release. Carefully remove the lid when ready.
  4. Remove the bundt pan and flip it over onto a sprayed baking sheet. Cook in a 350°F oven 5-10 minutes to crisp up the stuffing.

 

Of all the recipes we tried, I this one was the most surpring (and fastest!) recipe. This cranberry sauce pretty much takes center stage!

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 

Sweet & Tangy Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsps honey
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash cranberries; remove stems and discard the soft, discolored or wrinkly ones.
  2. Pressure cook the cranberries: Combine orange juice and honey. Pour into the Instant Pot. Place 10 ounces of cranberries into the pressure cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute. Let the pressure natural release and do not do the quick release. Open lid carefully.
  3. Make the cranberry sauce:  Turn the heat to medium (Instant Pot- click cancel and sauté button). Using a wooden spoon, stir and break the cranberries. Add in sugar and remaining cranberries. Stir and the heat will melt the sugar to form a thick cranberry sauce. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.

 

We were so surprised to get the taste of southern styled green beans with this recipe ~ they truly taste like they have been cooking all day on the stove top!

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 

Southern Style Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Snap and rinse green beans.  
  2. Add all the ingredients into the Instant Pot.
  3. Set the cook time for 25 minutes on high pressure.
  4. Do a quick release.
  5. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

 

Even your pickiest eaters will gobble up these carrots. 🙂

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 Brown Sugar Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs carrots, peeled and chunked
  • 1 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsps brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot.
  2. Place chopped carrots in a steamer basket into the pressure cooker.
  3. Close lid and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  5. Remove the carrots and dry well.
  6. Place the carrots into a bowl. Use either an immersion blender or hand mixer to blend the carrots to desired consistency.
  7. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

 

Of course, no Thanksgiving (especially not an Instant Pot Thanksgiving!) would be complete without a BIG bowl of homemade mashed potatoes!

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into nice sized chunks
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ – ½ cup butter

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot and place potatoes on top of the trivet. Pour in 1 cup water.
  2. Close lid and cook on high pressure 7 minutes.
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  4. Place the drained potatoes in a bowl or the bowl of your mixer.
  5. Beat potatoes with hand or stand mixer until all broken up.
  6. Pour 1 cup milk and ¼ cup butter into the bowl and mix. (tip: warm the milk and melt the butter to keep the potatoes warm)
  7. Continue adding milk and butter until your desired consistency is reached.

 

 

 

NOTE– to save time you can place eggs on top of your potatoes while cooking to make boiled eggs for deviled eggs.

 

 

Kid Approved Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 7 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Paprika, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot and place eggs on top of the trivet. Pour in 1 cup water.
  2. Close lid and cook on high pressure 5-7 minutes.
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  4. Place the hot eggs in a bowl of cold water to halt the cooking process.
  5. Peel eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Put yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Mash yolks with a fork, then add mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Fill egg whites with the yolk mixture and garnish with paprika.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

This corn recipe is a Thanksgiving tradition for one of our PPP team member Cheryl, and it worked out perfectly in the Instant Pot too.

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Cheryl’s Cheesy Corn and Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs frozen corn
  • 2 Tbsps butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 poblano chile peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Place corn, butter, peppers, salt, cumin and black pepper into the Instant Pot and add ½ cup water.  
  2. Cover and cook on high pressure 20 minutes.  
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove lid.
  4. Stir in the cheeses.
  5. Put the Instant Pot on sauté and stir to melt the cheeses and heat thoroughly.

So, remember when we said that the cranberry sauce took the stage, well now you know why! Who knew??? Cheesecake in the Instant Pot? .YES, PLEASE! 

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

New York Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 10 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 4 Tbsps butter, melted
  • 2 tsps brown sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsps cornstarch
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Mix all the ingredient together with a fork.  
  2. Line the sides and bottom of the cheesecake pan with parchment paper.
  3. Pour in the graham cracker mixture and gently press down the crumbs with the bottom of a jar or spoon.  
  4. Place pan in the freezer while you mix the other ingredients

Cheesecake:

  1. Mix cornstarch, sea salt and sugar together in a small mixing bowl.
  2. In another mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese 20-30 seconds on low speed with a hand mixer.
  3. Add in half the sugar mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated (less than 30 seconds).  
  4. Scrape down the sides of the mixer each time a new ingredient is added.
  5. Add the remaining sugar mixture and beat on low speed for another 20-30 seconds.
  6. Add sour cream and vanilla. Beat just until mixed (less than 30 seconds).
  7. Mix in first egg (less than 20 seconds).
  8. Mix in in second egg (less than 20 seconds).
  9. Scrape down sides and beater. Fold over a few times with your spatula just to make sure everything is well mixed.
  10. Pour cheesecake batter into the pan.
  11. Optional: tap the cheesecake pan against the counter to let air bubbles rise and burst them with a toothpick.

Pressure cook the cheesecake:

  1. Pour 1 cup of cold water into the Instant Pot with trivet.
  2.  Make an aluminum foil sling and lower the cheesecake pan into the pot.
  3.  Close the lid and cook on high pressure 26 minutes.
  4.  Let the pot do a full natural release. Open the lid carefully.
  5.  Remove any condensation with a paper towel.

Cool and chill:

  1. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature with the lid open or place it on a wire rack to cool.
  2. Once the cheesecake has completely cooled, place it in the refrigerator for at least 4-8 hours.

 

 

Instant Pot and Accessories we used:

Instant Pot

Vegetable Steamer Basket Set

Aluminum Round Cheesecake Pan

6-Cup Bundt Pan

Instant Pot Mini Mitts

 

 

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