Pressure cookers have been around for a long time, a few hundred years to be exact. But they didn’t gain popularity until World War II when they proved to save on fuel with their speedy cooking ability. Now pressure cookers are more popular than ever and have become a standard kitchen appliance in today’s household.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s really nice to have some quick pressure-cooker holiday recipes at your fingertips. From perfect rice to homemade yogurt, there are very few recipes that a pressure cooker can’t handle. Here are some pressure-cooker, holiday favorites and unique creations to try with your family this season.
Pressure-Cooker Holiday Infused Water
Wintertime is a season of cold temperatures and dry air. It is also a time of heavier foods and parties! Drinking extra fluids is a must this time of year to help maintain healthy skin, stay hydrated, and to flush the system after indulging at all of those holiday parties.
Plain water can get pretty boring, and there are only so many cups of herbal tea you can drink. But infused water? That’s a pretty cool option for the season. Just 20 minutes in a pressure cooker and water infused with herbs can be ready to enjoy. Check out Cranberry Spritz and Chai Surprise at tidbits-marci.com, along with two additional recipes.
Brisket is one of those meats that requires careful cooking so it doesn’t dry out. A pressure cooker is perfect for keeping meat moist and locking in flavor. Adding a bit of liquid smoke to the cooker gives this brisket that outdoor “smoked” flavor without having to barbeque it. In about 50 minutes, you have perfectly done meat. Find the recipe at barerootgirl.com.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Instant Pot is a very popular pressure cooker, and many pressure-cooker recipes have “Instant Pot” in the name. Cheesecake is one of the amazing desserts that can be made in a pressure cooker. A special spring-form pan is needed, but it’s worth the purchase if cheesecake is a go-to dessert for you. Visit simplyhappyfoodie.com for a step-by-step recipe.
Pressure-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
The pressure cooker has a way of cooking things to perfection, and mashed potatoes are no exception. Pressure cookers cook foods evenly and with potatoes, this even cooking is important. Go to pressurecookerrecipes.com for perfect mashed potatoes.
Rather than buy broth at the store for making gravy this year, why not make homemade turkey stock in the pressure cooker? By using smaller cuts of turkey, like the wings or legs, quick and delicious stock can be made ahead of time and be used for so many holiday recipes. To make gravy for everything from mashed potatoes to stuffing, this stock is a benefit to have on hand. In just 30 minutes, homemade stock is done. Find the recipe at pressurecookingtoday.com.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Along with cranberry sauce, applesauce is another staple on the holiday table. Apples are plentiful in the fall, and applesauce pairs well with both turkey and ham. The kids love it, too. It’s hard to keep enough on the table. That being said, cooking up a big batch in the pressure cooker helps ensure there’s plenty to go around. Find the recipe at cookincanuk.com
Using a pressure cooker can make preparing this holiday season’s recipes a little faster with a lot less clean up time. All cooking and sautéing can be done in one pot! Enjoy the food and ease up on the mess. Happy Holidays!