Sweet Potato Casserole – Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Casserole – A creamy, lightly sweetened sweet potato side dish with the warm aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice is a must-have side dish for holiday dinners!

Thanksgiving is the most relaxing holiday for me as I basically have to make only one dish! My cousin has been hosting this holiday for years now.  She has the most amazing and traditional thanksgiving menu. I LOVE so many of her signature dishes like the mushroom pie and the cranberry sauce! We enjoy the Turkey with a delicious stuffing and there is always a yummy salad or two. My contribution to our dinner is this easy sweet potato casserole that we call yummy yams!

sweet potato casserole

I have been making this sweet potato casserole for over fifteen years and the recipe has been modified a few times. It started with baking potatoes in the oven and then making a creamy mash with eggs, lots of butter, sugar and spices. Over the years, I have reduced the butter, sugar and started substituting eggs with orange juice without missing the same creamy texture. Orange juice also adds a little kick of fresh citrus flavors to this dish.

sweet potato casserole

Last year, I used my Instant Pot for cooking the sweet potatoes and it was so much easier and faster than baking them in the oven. The peel came right off and then I followed my old recipe to finish it up in the oven. Last few weeks, I have been trying to come up a recipe that would truly be a one pot dish with an option of skipping the baking part. After a couple of tries, I think I have nailed this recipe that is as tasty as my baked version! A few healthy additions also makes this dish vegan friendly.

sweet potato casserole

So, as the countdown to thanksgiving begins, here is a new and easier way to make your sweet potato casserole in the Instant Pot:

 

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy and lightly sweetened vegan sweet potato casserole
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 270 kcal
Author Archana

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter divided (or coconut oil)
  • 2 pounds yams/sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar plus 2 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 20 pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil. Add sweet potatoes, orange juice, salt, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Mix together.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of brown sugar on top, do not mix. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Pressure cook(hi) for 5 minutes followed by quick release.
  3. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash the potatoes until they are smooth.

Here are the two options to serve:

  1. If serving from the Instant Pot, spread the remaining vegan butter or coconut oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of brown sugar and arrange the pecans on top. Set Instant pot to saute(less) and cook for 5 mins or until the potatoes are heated through and the top becomes bubbly. Keep the sweet potatoes on 'keep warm' mode until ready to be served.

  2. If you are serving in casserole, take the mashed sweet potatoes out in a casserole dish. Arrange pecans in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoon brown sugar and drizzle remaining melted butter over the top. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees, or until browned and bubbly

Sweet potato casserole in the OVEN:
  • Use Instant Pot to just cook the sweet potatoes. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. Place washed sweet potatoes on the trivet and cook for 12- 15 mins on manual(hi) with natural pressure release. I pick smallish sweet potatoes that cook faster.
  • When cooled, remove skins and place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl. 
  • Beat sweet potatoes until smooth. Then beat in one egg  or 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. 
  • Transfer mixture to an ungreased 3 quart casserole dish. Arrange the pecans in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and drizzle 2 tablespoon melted butter over the top. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned and bubbly. 

Also, if you enjoy sweet potatoes as much as we do, don’t forget to try this delicious cardamom and saffron flavored sweet potato halwa with fresh coconut!

 

Tasty Cabbage Rice – Instant Pot

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This is one of my mom’s newest recipe that I got to taste and learn when she visited me this summer. When she first made it on the stove-top, I was not sure if it would be a good recipe for Instant Pot. As, this recipe does not use a lot of water. The soaked rice is basically slow cooked with little water and then all the juices from shredded cabbage.  It did take us a couple of tries to achieve this perfect Instant Pot recipe! Continue reading “Tasty Cabbage Rice – Instant Pot”

Ragda Patties {pattice} – Instant Pot

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Unlike the kind you would get from a street cart or restaurant, this homemade version is much more healthier without compromising on the taste! Continue reading “Ragda Patties {pattice} – Instant Pot”

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – Instant Pot

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – I first tasted this heavenly risotto a few weeks back at the Saltyard restaurant in Atlanta! Anything with words beetroot and risotto is something I would want to try and I was pretty surprised with the delicate and distinctive flavors of this gorgeous dish.

My son and I were visiting Atlanta for academic competitions with some friends. We all had a great time watching the competitions and were proud to come home with a few medals. While in Atlanta, we got to spend few evenings dining out as we explored the beautiful city.

One evening we dined at the Saltyard restaurant that had a very engaging atmosphere. They offered a wide selection of diverse cuisine cooked from locally sourced ingredients. As we sat down at the relaxed and vibrant dining room, we were impressed by all the seasonal dishes on their tapas menu. Butterbean guacamole bruschetta, street-cart-style corn, flash fried Brussels (drooling), we savored every dish as it arrived. The presentation, the ingredients, and the taste were all on the mark.

My favorite was the red wine and beetroot risotto, cooked with seasonal tender spring peas, beetroot, lemon oil and garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano, golden fried garlic chips, and fresh dill. Every bite of that creamy risotto was packed with the distinct flavor of the fresh ingredients, and with a beautiful creamy texture of arborio rice cooked to perfection with the hint of red wine.

red wine and beetroot risotto

When I came home, trying out the beetroot risotto in my instant pot was on my to-do list. I usually buy beetroots with leaves, that I saute with some Indian spices for a healthy side dish or stir-fry with lentils.

beet roots

Peel and slice each beetroot into 3-4 slices. These sliced cook tender in the instant pot in about 7 minutes of high-pressure cooking time.

beetroot slicesStart with garlic, and a lot of it, thinly sliced. Turn the Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode and once the hot sign displays, cook them in olive oil for 4-5 mins stirring frequently until they turn crisp and golden. Take the garlic slices out and keep aside for garnishing. I then cook the risotto in the same garlic infused the oil.  The result is creamy, flavorful and stunning beetroot risotto with a hint of red wine that can be enjoyed with some freshly grated parmesan, scallions or parsley, fried garlic and freshly ground pepper.

Here is my version of the Red Wine and Beet Root Risotto in Instant Pot, inspired from the saltyard restaurant:


Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
 
Red Wine and Beetroot Risotto - A delicious, healthy and beautiful dish with creamy textures and delicate flavors from red wine, garlic, and beets.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Garnish
  • 2 tablespoon Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 2 tablespoon scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn, ground
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil and garlic. Cook garlic, until they turn golden and crispy stirring frequently. Take the garlic out and keep aside, leaving the extra oil in the pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for 1-2 mins until translucent and soft. Add rice and lightly toast for a minute stirring often. Add red wine and mix well, cooking for a minute as the wine reduces.
  3. Add broth, sliced beets, and salt.
  4. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook in Manual(Hi) for 7 minutes followed by NPR.
  5. Open the Instant Pot and take out the beets in a small blender. Blend to a smooth puree and put the puree back in the Instant Pot. Mix well. Add fresh ground pepper.
  6. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano, scallions and garlic slices.
  7. Enjoy hot!

 

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I have been trying to perfect my vegetable biryani in the Instant Pot for months now. After the success of my InstaPot Chicken Biryani recipe in just a few tries, I was surprised to see how much different it was to cook vegetable Biryani in the Instant Pot. Although I was using the same rice and similar spices, it took many failed attempts (mushy rice, undercooked rice, mushy veggies etc) before I got the technique right. The key was to choose the right kind of vegetables and also more importantly cut them right so they all cook within 6 mins of pressure cooking time. Continue reading “Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot”

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This year we celebrated mothers day with this delicious Indian dessert cooked in the Instant Pot! The traditional carrot halwa recipes uses milk, condensed milk or evaporated milk. Since this is one of my favorite desserts and I can’t stop myself from overeating, I try to make it a little healthier. My carrot halwa recipe is almost dairy free, but I do use homemade ghee which can be substituted for vegetable oil. I substitute the milk and cream with almond milk and almond flour making it a healthier lightly sweetened dessert. Continue reading “Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot”

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