12 Minute Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a STAPLE for family meals at my house. I always dread the process of boiling the water, watching for boil overs, and then CLEANING UP the inevitable starchy mess created when the pot does boil over. Come on, we know it ALWAYS happens!
Since getting my Instant Pot, making mashed potatoes has become easy peasy! Set it and forget it has never been a more true statement! Did I mention they are done in 12 minutes?
4 pounds (appx. 8 medium) Potatoes, Peeled and Chunked
1 T. Salt
4 T. Butter
1/2 c. milk
2 T. Sour Cream (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste
After peeling and cutting potatoes (I cut mine into eighths), add to Instant Pot (no trivet). Add cold water, just until all potatoes are covered. Add 1 T. salt. Cover and seal pressure cooker and make sure vent is set to seal.
Set cooker to High Pressure Cook for 12 minutes. After it comes to pressure, the timer will start. Once the timer goes off, you can either let it naturally release or after a few minutes do a manual release. I usually let mine naturally release while I finish the rest of my meal prep! With a spoon lift up release valve, turn half a turn counterclockwise (be careful of any extra steam that may be left). NOW, all the steam and pressure is released and you can take off the lid.
CAREFULLY lift out the Instant Pot insert and drain the water. Add potatoes back into insert and add butter, milk and sour cream. Mash to desired consistency, add more milk if needed, and salt and pepper to taste!