I have a confession. For as much as my family loves sweet potatoes, I hardly ever made them over the last four years. The main reason? The last four years have been very hard on our family and menu planning has been much more spur of the moment than strategic. So rather than doing the smart thing — planning ahead, remembering to put sweet potatoes in the oven an hour before we needed to eat — we ended up just not eating sweet potatoes. Sad, huh?
(All I can say is, thank goodness for Once A Month Meals style of cooking so we at least ate something for dinner!)
Instant Pot To The Sweet Potatoes Rescue!
Thank goodness for the Instant Pot! This was actually one of the FIRST things I learned to make in the IP, but finding an easy recipe was surprisingly difficult. Required starting them in the IP and then finishing them in the oven.
And we all know my track record with using the oven…
So I began experimenting. And found myself ready with perfect “baked” sweet potatoes. I say “baked” because technically the Instant Pot steams them. But you won’t even notice the difference. 🙂
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Begin by placing your trivet, steaming basket, or mesh basket in the Instant Pot liner. Scrub your sweet potatoes well and layer them on. The number of sweet potatoes doesn’t really matter — I’ve done as few as one or as many as six.
What DOES matter is that your sweet potatoes are all relatively the same size. If you have smaller sweet potatoes, they will obviously cook faster than ginormous ones. (Same rule applies if you baked them in the oven.)
You’ll notice my recipe is different than most. I utilize the STEAM function, allowing me to crank out sweet potatoes in 10 minutes. (Though if you’re using exceptionally large sweet potatoes, consider 15 minutes).
There’s no need to puncture or prick your potatoes, like you would if using a microwave.
NOTE: The STEAM function is unique. It heats up really fast and assumes there is no food touching the base of pot. You must always use a trivet or basket with STEAM. This setting cooks food significantly faster. If you do MANUAL setting, your time will be longer.
Even though you are using the STEAM function, when you unlock your lid the water on the sweet potatoes will immediately evaporate — which gives you a lovely potato skin texture. No one will know these weren’t in the oven. 🙂
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