If you're one of the approximately bazillion people who was gifted with an Instant Pot over the holidays, you're probably obsessing about all the new and exciting ways it can make your life easier. After all, that's the whole point of the multipurpose electric device, which slow cooks, pressure cooks, steams, slices, dices... okay, it doesn't really slice or dice, but you get the point. These contraptions have a lot to offer — in fact, maybe even more than you realize. So what are some of the most surprising things you can make in your Instant Pot?
When we think of Instant Pots, we tend to think of dishes like chili or stew or soup. But they're great for grains — from risotto to quinoa to couscous and even oats — and an easy way to make casseroles or dips, too. Fans swear by them for favorites from fajitas and mashed potatoes. Still, these gadgets might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're browsing Insta for dessert ideas or simple snack hacks. And that's just a shame, because there are definitely lots of ways to use your Instant Pot that don't fall under the category of dinner. (Speaking of dinner, there also happen to be plenty of recipes for Instant Pot meals that you might have thought were impossible to prepare anywhere but a traditional oven.) Here are some amazing out-of-the-box ideas for your Instant Pot that are sure to inspire you!