Instant Pot holiday stuffing is a reality!
Here is a way to use your Instant Pot this holiday season to have less dishes and a hands off dinner side dish!
Using your Instant Pot for holiday cooking, frees up space in your oven and stove top and for that reason alone, I love using it for the holidays.
Why use an Instant Pot over a slow cooker?
I have been using my slow cooker for holiday stuffing for years, but this year thought I would try using the slow cook function on the Instant Pot instead. I like it better, here is why:
- The saute feature - I can get my aromatics cooked and soft right in the pot. Hello less dishes.
- Keep warm function! After your sides are done, you can flip to the keep warm function and have your food stay warm until everything is done.
- It is much lighter weight. I know this sounds kind of silly, but those ceramic inserts in slow cookers are heavy and the awkward shape takes up a ton of sink and dishwasher space. I find the Instant Pot liner, alot easier to move around and clean.
How to make stuffing in your Instant Pot
First of all - you are not going to use a pressure cycle for this one.
Instant Pots have many different functions, and the NON pressure slow cook function is one of them.
There is also the saute feature - so this means you can cook up the aromatics (onion and celery) RIGHT in the pot - unlike a traditional slow cooker where you need to start on the stove and dirty an extra pan.
To get your Instant Pot stuffing started, you want to use the saute feature to get your aromatics nice and soft.
Next, you will add in your breadcrumbs and broth.
Then you set it to slow cook on low, forget about it, and go about doing all of the other things you need to get done!
The one drawback to the Instant Pot is that I don't find setting the slow cook function super intuitive. I have a whole post dedicated to explaining the slow cooker function here.
The biggest take away is that you cannot just select slow cook and walk away. You need to press slow cook, set the time, and then press ADJUST to get to the right temperature setting. It is not as intuitive as keep warm, low and high. The language used on the pot is Less, normal, and More.
Step by step how to set the Instant Pot to slow cook
Once you have loaded the stuffing ingredients into the Instant Pot this is the button sequence:
- Slow cook (this tells the pot you are not using a pressure cycle)
- Use the + and - buttons to set to the desired time - in this case, 4 hours.
- Press ADJUST until the red light is lit up to "normal" - if you use more, I am quite sure your stuffing will burn. If you want to have the stuffing in there longer than 4 hours, set to "less".
- You can use any lid, you don't have to use the Instant Pot lid for this. I have this tempered glass lid (affiliate link) that fits perfect.
What if my stuffing is too dry.. or too moist?
The recipe as written is a good starting place, but you almost always have to adjust just a bit depending on many factors. Check your stuffing half way through the cook time.
If it is too dry, add a bit more broth in (only do ½ cup at a time).
If it is too moist, mix in more bread crumbs.
What else can I make in the Instant Pot during the holidays?!
So.many.things. I have rounded up 10 ways to use your Instant Pot this holiday season!
So, are you adding Instant Pot Stuffing to your holiday menus this year?
If you, tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram so I can see your creation... or head over to the Meal Plan Addict Community and post a photo there!
- 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced onion
- 10 cups bread crumb cubes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary,
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- ½ tsp salt (add more or less to taste - will depend on how salty your broth is)
- 2-3 turns fresh ground pepper
- Press the saute feature and add butter to liner.
- Once the butter is melted, add the celery, onion, and mushrooms. Saute for about 3-5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
- Add the breadcrumbs and herbs to the pot.
- Add the broth to the pot.
- Whisk the egg in a small bowl and pour it into the pot. Gently combine all ingredients
- Press the slow cook button
- Use the + or - buttons to set the time to 4 hours.
- Press the adjust button until the red light is over "normal".
- Place a lid on the pot. It doesn't have to be the instant pot lid, but if you use that one, ensure it is set to venting.
- Half way through the cook time stir the stuffing (gently!). Add ½ more broth if it is too dry. If it is too wet, add in another cup of bread crumbs.
- Once stuffing is cooked, press keep warm and keep in the pot until time to serve.