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.