It's no secret that we're obsessed with the Instant Pot on multiple levels. It's a game changer when it comes to weeknight dinners, but it really goes above and beyond the call of duty when the holiday season kicks in. Getting a huge meal ready and on the table is a challenge in and of itself, especially if you're a newbie at hosting the big event.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make the day easier and less stressful. Making the whole dinner a potluck event is one way to take the strain off the hosts—all the guests bring a dish (to avoid repetition, be specific about what you need, be it side or dessert). Another time-saving trick is is to prep as much as you can ahead of time so you'll be calm and collected (and able to share a cocktail with the group) when guests arrive, versus running around like crazy in the kitchen. And if you're taking on the majority of the cooking load yourself, make life 100% easier and bring out the Instant Pot to help get all those dishes ready to bring to the table.
This all-in-one gadget is amazing for soups, stews and braised meats, but it also makes short work of any number of Thanksgiving recipes, including fan favorites like mashed potatoes and herb-scented grains. The best part? It will give you more time (and stovetop space) to focus on the other elements of the meal like the turkey or desserts. And the hosts will be able kick back, relax, and join the party! Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Instant Pot Turkey Breast
If you're having a smaller scale gathering, you might want to consider cooking a turkey breast versus cooking a whole bird. This recipe guarantees a super juicy and delicious main serving in half the time.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
A sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley and chives gives an extra herby flavor to this creamy fall dish.
Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale
It's nice to start off the meal with soup as an appetizer (or have it on hand to serve to the cooking crew throughout the day). This savory dish features loads of kale, rich sausage and a touch of red pepper for an added kick.
Instant Pot Honey Butter Carrots
The perfect combo of sweet and savory flavors, this carrot side dish is a definite winner (and will be on your table in a flash).
Smoky Pecan Brussels Sprouts in the Instant Pot
This vegan side dish has a delightful, nutty crunch to it and features a secret ingredient: liquid smoke!
Israeli Couscous Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Another great side dish for vegan or health-conscious guests, this refreshing salad is loaded with veggies and a rich avocado sauce.
Instant Pot Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecans
A healthy twist on a Thanksgiving classic, this hearty dish is filled with nuts and herbs (and looks as good as it tastes).
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Cooked sweet potatoes are a simple (yet delicious) side dish to have on the table. Cut them up into chunks and simply drizzle with melted butter and season with fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
Bacon literally makes everything better. You won't want to turn down this dish, which also features parmesan, shallots and lemon.
Instant Pot Apple Crisp
Add to your dessert table with this super fast version of a fall classic. Brown sugar, cinnamon and apples are a match made in heaven—add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you'll be guaranteed to have a table full of happy guests.