Ever since I purchased my Instant Pot 6 quart Duo, I have wanted to make Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes that everyone raves about.
So why is everyone going crazy over this meal?
First of all, it is a one pot meal. Both the meatloaf and the potatoes are cooked together in the pressure cooker.
No more heating up your oven to bake the meatloaf. And no more standing over a boiling pot to make sure it doesn’t spill over.
Just cut up your potatoes and prepare your meatloaf and in the Instant Pot it goes. And instead of dinner being ready in over an hour, it can be on the table in 30 minutes.
Okay, so I am sold! This dinner sounds too good to be true.
So I did a lot of research on recipe techniques and found some common trends.
Cooking Techniques Used For Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
First of all the potatoes are cut fairly large to accommodate for the cooking time for the meat. The potatoes are then placed in the bottom of the liner along with a thin liquid.
Now I have not had much success with making mashed potatoes when they are cooked directly in the liquid. Every time I mash them, they turn out like paste.
Instead, I prefer to make mashed potatoes using a steamer basket. That way they are out of the liquid and when you mash them they come out the perfect consistency. See: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
I also prefer to use chicken stock as my liquid. It gives your meal much more flavor as compared to when cooking with water.
Those were two easy adjustments that I knew that I could make when I made my own Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes.
So the next issue….
Every recipe that I researched used aluminum foil as the ‘pan’ for the meatloaf. Some people would poke holes in it to let the grease drain down into the potatoes.
Others would simply fold up the edges and let the meatloaf drain into the foil.
I am not a big fan of cooking with aluminum foil when I don’t need to. Don’t get me wrong, there are times, especially when camping, that it is my best option.
However, when I have a pan that can do the job, I prefer to use it instead of the foil.
What Equipment I Used
So what did I use instead? I found mini loaf pans that work perfectly in the Instant Pot!
For this specific recipe, I only used one mini loaf pan. However, if I am making other recipes that require items to be cooked using the pot-in-pot method, I can stack two of them in the 6 quart Duo.
And because I also have the 8 quart Instant Pot, I have found that the two mini loaf pans can be positioned side by side when placed on the trivet.
My 1 pound meatloaf fit perfectly in the mini loaf pan. There was no foil to worry about, and it was easy to put in and take out of the pot.
Yes, there was grease that was inside of the pan. But it drained off easily because it was contained in an easy-to-handle pan.
I used my collapsible steamer basket to cook the potatoes. I stacked the potatoes on one side and put the meatloaf pan on the other side.
This recipe turned out amazing! It was the perfect amount to feed 3-4 people.
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