Instant Pot Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes


You guys. Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? Well, why not?! We can only assume it’s because you haven’t heard of its glory yet, so here’s the rundown:
Basically, it’s a pressure cooker. We know that doesn’t sound that exciting. But hear us out.
It’s an electric, programmable pressure cooker, which means that you can set it and forget it and that it naturally releases pressure on its own so you don’t have to worry about anything exploding. It has that convenience factor of a crockpot where you can put dinner in and walk away, but with the Instant Pot your food is done much, much faster. Like, really fast. It’s the perfect companion for turning a budget cut of meat into a tender, flavorful meal in no time.

Oh. It also has a sauté function, so you can brown things in the same pot before closing it up to cook. It also functions as a rice cooker, yogurt maker, slow cooker, steamer, and has pre-programmed modes for stew, soup, and all kinds of things. It’s easy to use, saves a ton of time, and has quickly become our very favorite kitchen appliance. It’s so great that we’re not entirely convinced there isn’t some sort of wizardry involved with this thing. We’re always looking for things that make life a little easier, and this does just that. To wit:
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes cooked all in the same pot. In 25 minutes. (Okay, the steam release will take a little bit of extra time. But it’s not like you have to be standing around the kitchen for that.) The meatloaf comes out tender and moist, but not soggy, and the potatoes are comforting and creamy, and you have one dish to clean. It’s delicious. It’s comforting. It’s quick. It’s filling. It’s kind of amazing.

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