I’ve gotten lots of requests for recipes that I make in the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker. I was leery about buying one. For me, the $100 or so that it cost was a lot of money for me to spend on a kitchen appliance that I wasn’t sure I would use. I use it ALL THE TIME. It’s gotten to be right hand for me.
My problem is this…I am not a recipe girl. I just get an idea in my head and give it a try.
Here’s an example. Last week I was feeding the childcare kiddos hot dogs. I didn’t have buns and honestly, the kids don’t like buns so I needed a different item from the bread group. A thought jumped in my brain that said cheesy rice would be perfect so I tried to think how I could make that.
I know the regular recipe for rice is 1 1/2 cups water to 1 cup rice. Hit the rice button and I have rice. My thought was- “how do I modify that to make cheesy rice?” This is what I did….I thought about mac and cheese in the box. It needs milk, butter and the cheese sauce so how to I improvise.
I put in 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cut of water, 1 cup of rice, 2 tablespoons of butter…now for the cheesy part..Hmm….Velveeta?
Well I only had Queso Blanco Velveeta…well I already had the other ingredients in so I went with it. I but 2″ off. I cut that into chunks and threw it into the pot with the other ingredients.
I hit the button and 12 minutes later…Cheesy Rice and it was good!! Really good. I won’t feed it to Hubby. He hates rice but the childcare kids…they loved it just as good as Mac and Cheese.
See? It really isn’t a recipe. It’s more of an experiment. This experiment happened to work.
I ALWAYS make potatoes in the Instant Pot. I NEVER boil potatoes anymore…EVER. This is how I make potatoes… I always put red potatoes in in with a cup or so water with the trivet in. I use manual pressure for 20 minutes. They are hands down the best potatoes every time.
Sometime we eat them plain with butter or sour cream. I purposely make extra. The next day I use them for fried potatoes. I cut the potatoes up and fry them with butter and onions…then add cheese over the top at the end.
I adore my Instant Pot. If it came down to that I could only have two kitchen appliances, I would take my Instant Pot and my Heritage Grill. I’d take these over a microwave and even over the stove…the oven I’d want…but the stove I could give up. I like them that much.