I have always loved using a slow cooker, but I recently invested in an Instant Pot and it has definitely improved meal prep in my home. A slow cooker, indeed, will cook your dishes over a long period of time at a slower temperature, ideal for brisket, soup and even my Carne Con Papas. The Instant Pot (and the many other electric pressure cookers on the market) does quite the opposite — cooking meat and other dishes which typically require long cooking times, and can speed up the cooking process, cutting your time in half or more. It is multifunctional and can act as a slow cooker, rice cooker and even a yogurt maker. It’s ideal for weeknight dinners, Shabbat or even big holiday dinners when there is so much to cook and prepare.
It can produce a meat dish so tender your fork will miss the work. It can let you walk away from the kitchen while your meal is in its care. It can even do the work of several appliances all rolled into one. And perhaps the best part of this kitchen appliance is the diversity of dishes you can make with it.
Here are 13 Jewish dishes, from hard-boiled eggs to pickles to cheesecake, that you can make in a fraction of the time using this appliance.
- Brisket. While there are loads of recipes online for Instant Pot brisket, you can also easily adapt your favorite slow cooker recipe. You can adapt this brisket recipe (or any crockpot recipe you like) by following these instructions from Pop Sugar.
- Chicken Soup
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Once a Month Meals
- Lentil Soup from Once a Month Meals
- Cheesecake from This Old Gal
- Stuffed Cabbage from This Old Gal
- Noodle Kugel from This Old Gal
- Beef Shwarma from Little Spice Jar
- Corned Beef from Family Fresh Meals
- Borscht from Instant Pot Eats
- Hungarian Goulash from Sparkles to Sprinkles
- Tzimmes from Predominandly Paleo