Instant Pot Parmesan Puffs 4 Ways

These amazing little taste bombs will light up your mouth and make you say WOW! This recipe will be your new go-to snack or appetizer, courtesy of your Instant Pot (get yours here:

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These little bites of heaven require only two ingredients–egg whites and parmesan cheese–plus whatever toppings strike your fancy. We used smoky bacon, crunchy pecans, flavorful everything bagel seasoning and zesty paprika, but let your imagination run wild! Finely diced dried apricots, your favorite pork rub or BBQ seasoning–I’ve heard some people even try finely shaved dark chocolate (not so sure about that one, but you be you!)

These can be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated, so you can just pop them in the IP right before you’re ready to serve and astonish your guests with this tantalizing treat.

Pro Tip: Depending on the brand and texture of the cheese you use, it may take 3.5 – 4.5 oz of cheese to get the right dough texture. Remember, you’re looking for the consistency of loose mashed potatoes. Also, be sure to cut toppings very fine to ensure good adhesion

Astonish your guests with this tantalizing treat.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 oz good quality finely grated parmesan
  • 1 cup water

To Finish:

  • 1 tbsp everything bagel seasoning (or poppy seed/sesame seed mix)
  • 1 tbsp very finely chopped bacon
  • 1 tbsp very finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp paprika


  1. In a medium bowl mix together egg whites and grated parmesan until it resembles loose mashed potatoes.
  2. Form into 8 balls and refrigerate at least 30 minutes until firm.
  3. Roll 2 parmesan balls in each of the 4 toppings (2 in bagel seasoning, 2 in bacon, etc.).
  4. Place parmesan balls in a parchment-lined steamer basket.
  5. Pour one cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert the steam rack. Carefully lower the steamer basket on to the steam rack.
  6. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, quick-release the pressure.
  9. Serve warm.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.