Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Cook Beets in an Instant Pot

If you have an Instant Pot, or any other brand of electric pressure cooker, you should definitely start cooking root vegetables with it. Not only is it extremely easy, but everything made in a pressure cooker somehow tastes better. Using broth as the cooking liquid, as I do here, takes it to a whole new level.

I often cook beets, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes at the same time. They can be cooked whole, if you want them intact, or halved, for a bit of a quicker cook time. Today I'm cooking only a pound of beets, but these simple instructions will work just as well with a full load of mixed root veggies, say, a pound of each type.

To start, wash your beets, and cut off anything you wouldn't want to bite into. I never peel vegetables, since it seems like a waste of both time and nutrients. Slice in half if desired. Very large beets should be cut down so that everything going into the pot is relatively the same size.

Into your pot, pour 1 cup of broth. Any broth you like; I use homemade bone broth. Steaming veggies over broth gives them such amazing flavor and richness, and you can use the remaining liquid for whatever recipe you want after the beets are cooked (though it will be red!) It would not be criminal to drink it like it was hot tea.

Place cut beets on a steamer tray over the broth, or if using them whole, they can be cooked on the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot. Cook on manual for 12 minutes if halved, 16 if left whole (times can vary depending on size and how soft you want them, but it's safe to experiment! You can always pop them in for another minute if they're not as tender as you want them). I generally prefer to use NPR (natural pressure release) rather than QR (quick release). This way it's hot and ready whenever I feel like opening the pressure cooker. But if you need your food more quickly, QR works, just add another minute to the cook time and release the steam right when it beeps.

They taste amazing, no additional seasoning needed. But of course flavor them however you like! They make a great side dish on their own, or can be sliced and added to salads or other dishes. Or, you can just eat them one after another like candy, which is what I did while writing this article ;)

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