Posts tagged: Baked Potato

Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek Yogurt

By , February 8, 2013

MashedPotatoes 300x226 Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek YogurtSubmitted by Kay A.

I make Greek yogurt at home every week for our family, so I always have it on hand to use in cooking to replace sour cream, cream cheese or butter. It is high in protein and the whey from making Greek yogurt can be used in pancakes and homemade bread.

Here is a healthy and tasty mashed potato recipe. If you like sour cream on your baked potato, you will like this recipe. Although the Instant Pot does not save a lot of time in this recipe, what I absolutely love about the Instant Pot is that you can throw the potatoes in without chopping them, and then walk away worry-free from the pot. There’s no boiling water or hot oven and very little cleanup. When you hear the very loud beeps, you know to head back to mash the potatoes.

Makes  3 1/2 cups of mashed potatoes. Each half cup serving is about 115 calories (without cheese garnish)


  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled baking potatoes (about 3 medium-sized)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Dashes of pepper (to taste)
  • grated cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)


Pour 1/2 cup water in the Instant Pot, add the trivet that came with the pot, set the potatoes on top of the trivet, and put on the lid. Press the steam button, and set the time to 35 minutes. (The Instant Pot will take 5 minutes to come to pressure, and then it will cook for 35 minutes.)

When it beeps that it is finished,  do a quick release of the pressure, and remove the lid. Insert a fork in the largest potato to confirm that it is soft in the middle.  (If not, steam a few more minutes.)

Turn the Instant Pot off. Carefully remove the hot trivet (with a fork or tongs). With the potatoes still piping hot and still in the pot, add the butter, half of the skim milk, yogurt and garlic. Insert a potato masher and mash the potatoes to the consistency that your family likes. Add a little more of the skim milk until you reach the consistency that your family likes.  Notice that as you mash, the Instant Pot stainless steel insert rotates in a circle and makes it really easy to mash right in the pot! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with grated cheese (if desired).

This goes well with meatloaf and my Easy Fresh Green Beans recipe.



Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

By , February 10, 2012

If you make baked potatoes in the conventional way, you and kids will remain hungry for 70~90 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. With Instant Pot, your baked potatoes will be ready in 25 minutes, regardless of the size.

This speed is achieved with high-pressure steaming. Steam cooks evenly; high temperature cooks fast.


  • Large russet potatoes, one per serving. Russet potato is also called baking potato, rich with starch.
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream or your favorite topping.


  1. Brush-clean the potato thoroughly. Some people like the potato skin. Put the potato in a ceramic or steel bowl. brush cleaned potato 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  2. Put two cups of water in the inner pot
  3. Place the bowl on top of the steam rack (included in the Instant Pot package).placed in InstantPot
  4. Choose the “Steam” program with 12 minutes time, or 15 minutes if the potatoes are over a pound each.
  5. When the “Steam” program finishes, release the steam. Take the potatoes out.
  6. Poke holes on the potatoes with a fork or chopstick. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil (optional).poked hole 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  7. Put the whole potato, or split with salt and topping, on a grill for 5 minute for the crisp/dry skin effect. I use a small toast oven at toast mode. put on a baking tray 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

The inside of the baked potato retains a sweet moisturized texture.  My daughter and her friends finished the potatoes in a few gulps, and gave me a thumb-up with the verdict: “it’s good!”.cheddar-cheese-topping potatosour-cream-topping potato