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 saute 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 an extra few minutes. We’ll say the whole process takes you 45 minutes. Most of which you don’t even have to be in the kitchen for.) 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.
You start by chopping up a few pounds of potatoes and placing them in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. You can certainly peel yours, but we like a rustic skin-on mash here and there, especially for a weeknight dinner like this. After all, there’s no wrong way to eat a mashed potato. You pour some stock or broth over the potatoes and set the wire rack that comes with the pot on top of the potatoes.
You then mix up your meatloaf ingredients by hand. (The recipe here is a classic, basic meatloaf. And it’s a good one.) You pop the meatloaf into a disposable loaf pan, or you can fashion one yourself out of aluminum foil, and you place that on top of the wire rack.
You then close the lid, and the Instant Pot will sing you a little song to let you know that it’s closed, check to make sure the vent is sealed, and set the pot to “Manual” mode on high pressure for 25 minutes. It will take a few minutes to come up to pressure, but it will be done before you know it.
You can then turn the vent to “venting” to quickly release the pressure, or leave it alone to let it release naturally on its own. Then, you lift the meatloaf out by the wire rack and brush the top with ketchup…
And mash the now-tender potatoes in the pot before stirring in some half-and-half and sour cream and salt and pepper…
And then dinner is served. (You can also heat up something green to go with it, of course.) It’s hard to imagine an easier way to get meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the table, and it doesn’t hurt that the results are really outstanding. Suffice to say, we’re pretty smitten with the Instant Pot. We promise it’s a bandwagon you want to jump on.
Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes
45 minutes to prepare serves 4-6
- For the meatloaf:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
- 2/3 cup ketchup, divided
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- For the potatoes:
- 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth or water
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or half-and-half
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 cup on the ketchup, parsley, salt and pepper with your hands until evenly combined. Place mixture in a disposable loaf pan or form your own out of aluminum foil.
- Arrange potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot in an even layer. Pour broth or water over the top. Place the wire rack that comes with the Instant Pot over the potatoes. Set meatloaf on top.
- Close lid, make sure steam release is set to sealed, and set to manual mode (on high pressure) for 25 minutes. Once done, use quick release to release pressure.
- Remove meatloaf using handles on wire rack and drain off any extra liquid. Brush with remaining ketchup and, if desired, place under broiler in oven for 3 minutes to caramelize.
- Meanwhile, add heavy cream or half-and-half, sour cream, butter, and salt and pepper to the potatoes in the Instant Pot and mash until creamy. Enjoy!
Adapted from Hip 2 Save.