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Instant Pot Korean BBQ Beef

So You Got an Instant Pot® for Christmas…Now What?

Whether you were gifted an Instant Pot® or purchased one for yourself, we have three Instant Pot® recipes that are easy to make and even easier to eat!

blog_image by Mallory

blog_image by Mallory

The hottest kitchen gadget gift of 2017 was definitely the Instant Pot®. Did Santa leave you one under the tree? It can be a little intimidating to get a piece of kitchen equipment that you’re not quite sure how to use or what to make in it. But have no fear - we have you covered! We’ve spent a lot of time in the Test Kitchens figuring out the best kind of recipes to make in the Instant Pot®, and we’ve come up with three recipes that we think will make you thankful for your new gift.

What's the difference between a pressure cooker and slow cooker?

While both kitchen appliances offer you a convenient way to get dinner on the table without a lot of involvement, there is one major difference between the two, and that's speed.

A slow cooker, just like the name implies, cooks food slowly. They use time to transform usually tough cuts of meat into tender, fall-off-the-bone dishes. They are also convenient - you can plug them in and leave, whether to work or overnight. Pressure cookers are the exact opposite; they cook food fast! Pressure cookers use their locking lids to trap steam and raise the pressure inside the pot. This cooks food fast and keeps it moist. Both options offer convenience, but neither compromise on flavor. 

Three recipes to try with your new Instant Pot®:

Instant Pot® Korean Barbecue Beef


Beef short ribs in the Instant Pot® are a match made in heaven. Fall-apart-tender beef is cooked in a sweet and sour mixture that can instantly transform your tacos. Just top with a tangy cabbage slaw and cilantro, and you’ve got a food-truck-worthy dinner that is mostly hands-off.

Instant Pot® Chicken Tortilla Soup


Fiber? Protein? This soup has it all. We can call it New Year’s resolution in a bowl. Brown the chicken in the Instant Pot® (hello, easy clean-up), add in the rest of the ingredients, then walk away. Make sure to load up on the toppings for a super-satisfying weeknight meal.

Instant Pot® Macaroni and Cheese


Mac and Cheese…in the Instant Pot®? Trust us. A lot of research went into this one. The best part? You don’t have to wait for the water to boil before adding your noodles. Just throw it in the Instant Pot® for 3 minutes and then stir in the half and half and cheese. So basic. So easy. No cheese powder here!

Need a few more ideas?

Check out this collection of Instant Pot® recipes. Did YOU get an Instant Pot®? Share your favorite tips in the comment section or tag your creation @landolakesktchn on Instagram.

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