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Instant Pot: Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

For the most part, the Baron and I have very similar tastes. I especially like how he's open to trying anything and willing to venture into more exotic foods. But one common ingredient we don't share a love with are sweet potatoes. Joel and I can eat our weight in sweet potatoes! But the Baron? Oh no... he'll politely decline any offering of such dish. Well, if you're like me, you can appreciate Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole. Part dessert and part side dish, this cinnamon and nutmeg kissed Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole with a pecan and marshmallow topping is a great accompaniment to an holiday ham, turkey or pork roast...
This recipe was introduced to me by the Baron's Aunt Judy. I loved the combination of sweet potatoes and apples all baked together with cinnamon and nutmeg, which ties both together so well. The topping of brown sugar, butter, pecans and marshmallows made it more like a dessert, which is never a bad thing! I typically make half the recipe for Joel and me to enjoy but you can easily double the recipe too for other sweet potato fans!


Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole
recipe from AllRecipes

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 large apples (golden delicious); peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces

Topping:
1/4 cup all purpose flour (or GF flour blend)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, diced
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup mini marshmallows


In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place. Add 1 cup of water.

Place sweet potatoes in an IP safe steamer basket.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 5 minutes (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

Carefully turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Remove steamer basket of sweet potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl with apples. Mix to combine and transfer to an IP safe casserole dish.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over sweet potatoes and apples.

In a medium bowl, prepare the topping and combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and pecans; sprinkle over the sweet potatoes and apples. Cover with

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 5 minutes (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.


Carefully turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Carefully remove the casserole dish from the IP. Scatter the top with marshmallows and allow to melt. If you prefer a crunchier or browned top, place casserole dish under broiler until browned to your preference.

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