Instant Pot Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole

My great grandmother made a dish called “Sweet Potato Delight” that has been passed down as a family favorite. The only problem? It took forever to make, and dirtied up half the dishes in the kitchen. But now, with my Instant Pot (get yours here: https://amzn.to/2QmSPR1), I can make this delightful dish any time, and with only one pot!

The secret ingredient in this dish is the orange juice. It adds, both sweetness and acidity to the recipe, and helps break down the potatoes to a delightfully creamy consistency. Paired with the crunchy pecan and brown sugar topping, this is a dish you won’t want to stop eating!

This wonderful holiday recipe will be a welcome addition to your table for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or any time a festive side dish is called for.

Pro Tip: See this guide for how to adjust cook time based on potato size. Since the potatoes cooks a second time in this recipe, you want to use the “fully cooked with some chew” timing and skip the NPR: https://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-sweet-potato/

The secret ingredient in this dish is the orange juice.


Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 cup water

Topping Mixture:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Potato Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions:

  1. Pour one cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert a steamer basket. Place potatoes in basket, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  2. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the Topping Mixture ingredients and mix until well-combined. Set aside.
  4. When the cook time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure. Carefully remove and peel the potatoes.
  5. In a large bowl, mash together the potatoes and orange juice (we love how easy this potato masher is to use: https://amzn.to/2CJ9ewv). Add remaining Potato Mixture ingredients and mix well.
  6. Coat the inside of a 1.5 qt casserole (this one fits perfectly: https://amzn.to/2OXT8Bw) with nonstick spray and spread potato mixture evenly in the dish.
  7. Sprinkle prepared topping evenly across the top of the potatoes and cover loosely with foil–do not seal.
  8. Ensure there is still one cup of water in the Instant Pot and add the steam rack. Use a foil sling to carefully lower the casserole onto the steam rack and secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  9. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 15 minutes.
  10. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  11. (Optional) Set the casserole under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to crisp up the topping.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.