Halloween celebrations are going to look a bit different this year, thanks to COVID-19. While elaborate costume parties and physically handing out candy to trick-or-treaters might not be happening, the spooky holiday is still worth celebrating from the comfort of home. These
Halloween-inspired Instant Pot recipes are perfect for a night in with the family after carving a pumpkin, or to serve to a few friends at a socially-distanced get-together in your backyard. Hello, fire pits. Plus, this is a great excuse for me to check my favorite food blogs to bring together one awesome list of recipes for my all-time favorite counter top appliance: the Instant Pot.
Honestly, if you are anything like me, you're constantly looking for new recipes and inspiration. I have a tendency to make the same things over and over again, so if nothing else, the internet reminds me that there are plenty of new yummy and inventive recipes out there worth discovering. And with cooling temperatures finally here, I am all about
hearty stews and casseroles.
From a Mexican rice casserole and Balsamic Dijon pot roast to an apple pumpkin pudding for dessert, these Halloween entertaining-inspired Instant Pot recipes are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Small group or not, I'm planning to put each of them into my recipe rotation this fall and winter. In the meantime, Happy Halloween.
1 Broccoli Cheddar & Zucchini Soup from Half Baked Harvest
rich and creamy soup recipe from Half Baked Harvest is an all ages crowd pleaser. By replacing the standard heavy cream with whole milk, it's a pantry-favorite option. 2 Instant Pot White Chicken Chili from Natasha's Kitchen
The Instant Pot is especially good to use for chili and stews, and this
white chicken chili recipe from Natasha's Kitchen is no exception. Not to mention, the entire recipe can be made and ready to serve in less than an hour. Because who wants to hang out over a stove when you've got a few friends over? 3 Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup from Good Life Eats Chicken soup isn't just for when you're sick — it's basically a staple of fall and winter mealtimes. Good Life Eats kicks thing up a notch by adding lemon, orzo, and fresh spinach to her recipe. Delicious! 4 Chicken & Rice from Meatloaf and Melodrama
There's nothing basic about this
chicken and rice recipe from Meatloaf and Melodrama (love this name!) Shredded cheddar cheese makes this extra delicious, and frozen peas give it just enough added texture to have your guests asking for seconds. 5 Beef Stew from Number 2 Pencil
Does it get more cold weather appropriate than this
beef stew recipe from Number 2 Pencil? This family favorite uses fresh vegetables and potatoes and is ready in under an hour from start to finish. 6 Creamy Baked Ziti from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Italian grandmas everywhere (and all your guests) will love this
baked ziti recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. I had no idea you could make something like this in the Instant Pot, which is, once again, why searching the Internet can sometimes yield exciting results. 7 Pulled Pork from My Baking Addiction Pulled pork sandwiches, like this recipe from My Baking Addition, are a yummy and easy-to-prepare party food. Just set the Instant Pot at one end of the table and a station with buns, slaw and condiments nearby. Who doesn't love a buffet station? It's also an easy to fix dinner before your family heads out for Halloween festivities. 8 Lasagna from Princess Pinky Girl
Baked lasagna that comes out looking like a cake — I'm intrigued! Princess Pinky Girl features an
Instant Pot lasagna recipe that is hearty and delicious, and wins extra points for presentation. 9 Vegetable Thai Red Curry from Making Thyme For Health
Making Thyme for Health has created a heart-healthy and cozy
vegetable Thai red curry recipe perfect for entertaining, or a quiet night at home by the fire (if you're lucky enough to have one). 10 Low Country Shrimp Boil
This dish really speaks to my Southern roots. The
Low Country shrimp bowl instant pot recipe by Cooks with Soul is a classic one that looks delicious. Simply throw shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, and a few other simple ingredients into your Instant Pot and voila! A Southern seafood dinner will be ready in minutes. 11 Balsamic Dijon Pot Roast from Simply Scratch
I almost want to lean into this picture and smell the pot roast, it looks so tasty! This
balsamic dijon pot roast recipe from Simply Scratch looks gorgeous prepared on a serving platter, too. 12 Kielbasa & Barbecue Baked Beans from Mom on Time Out 13 Jamaican Jerk Vegan Tacos from Love & Lemons
I don't want to neglect any vegans out there who may be reading, because there are plenty of Instant Pot recipes to suit your needs as well! This
Jamaican jerk vegan tacos recipe from Love & Lemons is so fresh and tasty-looking. Love the combination of mangoes and jalapeños! 14 Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash Soup from Table for Two 15 Mexican Rice Casserole from Two Peas and Their Pod
Two Peas and Their Pod has created a
Mexican rice casserole that I personally look forward to making this fall. Top with fresh avocado and tortilla chips and you have a delicious "casserole in a bowl" just perfect for your gathering. This is another great, easy one-bowl meal to serve before everyone starts eating up all the candy. 16 Sweet & Spicy Meatballs from Simply LaKita
Meatballs are a classic party food, but let's face it, they're great just about any time, party or not. Simply LaKita has created a
sweet and spicey meatballs recipe for the Instant Pot that's delicious for any occasion. The surprise key to that sweet flavor? Blackberry jam! This is another nice, hearty meal to serve everyone before a fun All Hallow's Eve.
This article was originally published on
Oct. 21, 2019