Do you have an Instant Pot? They seem to be all the rage right now. I finally broke down on Amazon Prime Day in July and bought one. I was intrigued by the idea of making healthy dinners in a fraction of the time. And then my Instant Pot arrived and it sat there… for a few months. I was overwhelmed by it-all of the different buttons and functions and I wasn’t sure where to start. Finally a month or so ago I decided to break it out and give it a try. So far we’ve made a few things in it and they have all been really good.
I’m still not sure if I’m in love with the Instant Pot though. I feel like the recipes I’ve made in it are ones that I easily make in my Crock Pot too. The benefit, I guess, to the Instant Pot is that you don’t have to prepare anything in the morning like you do for the Crock Pot. The other thing I am still getting used to is timing. I always forget that once you get all of your ingredients into the Instant Pot that it takes a while for it to get to the right pressure before it starts to cook. This easily adds 10-15 minutes onto your cooking time. And also, you have to pay attention to whether the recipe says to allow it to naturally release pressure when it’s done or not. This adds extra time too unless you can just do a quick release. So I’m still on the fence about the Instant Pot, but I don’t think I’m ready to give up on it just yet.
The other night we made these French Dip Sandwiches from Your Homebased Mom in the Instant Pot. I knew that if we wanted a good Instant Pot recipe I would find one on her site. Your Homebased Mom has so many really yummy recipes. And these French Dips were really good! I have only ever made one recipe for French Dips and so my girls are very loyal to it. But when they heard that this recipe has Dr. Pepper in it, they were more than willing to try it! (They don’t get soda much and never caffeinated soda, ha ha!)
Here’s what goes into the Instant Pot:
I do have to say that I really like how you can saute right in the Instant Pot and then just add the rest of the ingredients to cook, unlike the Crock Pot.
This one had to cook for 100 minutes:
But remember, it has to reach full pressure first before it starts counting down and then it has to naturally release for about 25 minutes after too.
We put the meat on smaller rolls, it’s just easier with the kids. They turned out great:
My hubby and I liked these for a change from my go-to French Dip recipe. The meat seems to be a lot sweeter in this recipe, I’m assuming from the Dr. Pepper. My girls liked these ones, but said they still like my usual recipe better. Kids are creatures of habit though, am I right? We’ve been having more hot weather here so these were good for an easy dinner. I just served them with a green salad and some grapes. This recipe made a lot so we had these sandwiches again the next night too. If you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe that your family loves, leave a comment and let me know. I need to find some more good Instant Pot recipes to try!
To make this French Dip recipe yourself, click here. Your Homebased Mom also has the instructions for making these in your Crock Pot too if you don’t have an Instant Pot or if you need to get this started in the morning to be ready by dinnertime.