Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.
If you follow me on snapchat, you know what I went through to create this recipe. Well, not that dramatic… But here’s how the first trial went down. After 15 minutes of cooking the potatoes in pressure cooker, it didn’t release ANY pressure! Now I don’t know about you, but I always feel uneasy about pressure cookers. It just seems like it’s going to explode any minute. I know, it’s just in my head…
Anyway, since no pressure came out, I was nervous to open the lid inside. So I carried my instant pot out to the backyard. If it explodes, let it be outside, right? And why wouldn’t I snapchat the whole process too, thinking I may be able to capture a crazy explosion or something.
Well, I held my phone in one hand and carefully opened the pressure cooker with other. And guess what? Nothing happened! No explosions, not even a steam. And the potatoes were barely cooked. Bummer!!
Lesson here is that to cook something in pressure cooker, you need LIQUID! Duh, face palm, after reading the handbook! But if you use recommended 1 cup of water, your potatoes will overcook and you’ll get mashed potatoes instead.
April 16, 2018 UPDATE: My original recipe called for only 2 tablespoons of water, and it worked with my original (now discontinued) version of Instant Pot, which didn’t have any “burn” warning. However due to number of readers’ feedback about “BURNT” warning, I purchased a new Instant Pot and reworked the recipe. I tested the recipe many times, and found 1/3 cup of water is perfect amount. The pressure cooker comes to pressure just fine without any warning and cooks the potatoes perfectly. More water overcooked the potatoes.
So, what makes this recipe so special?
Only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple spices for this mouth-watering comfort food. I mean, bacon and potato alone will sell this recipe. But when you throw cheese into the mix, it’s simply hard to resist!
And the best part, everything is cooked in one pot!
Super simple, yet unbelievably tasty dish in less than 30 minutes.
Do you have Instant Pot, or similar electric pressure cooker? What’s your favorite dish to cook in it? I’m slowly building my favorite pressure cooker recipe list, and I’d love to try your favorites too.
Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes
- 2 lb 1kg red potatoes, scrubbed
- 3 bacon strips
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 oz 115gr cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup 80ml Ranch dressing
- Cut the potatoes into about 1-inch pieces.
- Cut the bacon into small pieces.
- Set the Instant Pot to "Sauté" and add bacon. Cook until nice and crisp.
- Stir in potatoes, dried parsley, garlic powder and salt.
- Add 1/3 cup of water.
- Set the Instant Pot to Manual for 7 minutes at high pressure.
- Do quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid.
- Add ranch dressing and cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
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