Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade applesauce has never been easier.
The Instant Pot does most of the work - and does it quickly!

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce...let the Instant Pot do the work!  Homemade cinnamon applesauce comes together in under 30 minutes - start to finish.  Sweet applesauce is the perfect Fall snack! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I'm contuining to use my Instant Pot and I'm continuing to LOVE IT.  Have you purchased one yet?  Is it on your Christmas list?

Do yourself a favor and at least set it in your Amazon cart and think about it.  I use this 8 QT version and it's perfect for our 5-person family.  But if you're single or just married, this 3 QT version works for smaller batches.  A bit in between?  Try this 6 QT style.

Be watching for holiday specials soon - they are coming!  

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce...let the Instant Pot do the work!  Homemade cinnamon applesauce comes together in under 30 minutes - start to finish.  Sweet applesauce is the perfect Fall snack! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Our kids didn't have school Monday {talk about a kick in the gut}, so instead of sitting around and looking at each other we invited some friends to our local apple orchardOn a site note: I completely forgot our 4 year old takes a field trip to that same orchard this Friday, therefore I'll be there twice in ONE WEEK, but I digress.

It could be worse.

Anywho, we went.  We picked.  We conquered.

I came home with a bushel of sweetness and immediately prepped half the batch for this applesauce.  I often make applesauce in the Fall, but I make it the hard way.  You know, on the stove?  Thankfully this brillant appliance makes it much easier {i.e. I'm not standing over the stove for a loooooooong time stirring}.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce...let the Instant Pot do the work!  Homemade cinnamon applesauce comes together in under 30 minutes - start to finish.  Sweet applesauce is the perfect Fall snack! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'll also be making an apple pie this weekend {I think}.  Our birthday boy never got his birthday meal last week due to our INSANE schedule, so I promised him pie + that meal.

If I can keep everyone from eating all the apples this week I'll have enough for that said pie.  The ice cream is already in the freezer waiting {again, if I can keep people from eating it}, because if you have apple pie you have to have ice cream!

Or is that just me?

So basically between this applesauce, that pie and just eating them sliced, I will need another trip to the orchard this Friday to get more apples.  I guess two trips is a good thing.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce...let the Instant Pot do the work!  Homemade cinnamon applesauce comes together in under 30 minutes - start to finish.  Sweet applesauce is the perfect Fall snack! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I chose to sweeten our applesauce, but that is completely optional.  You can definitely omit the 1/3 cup of sugar and keep it unsweetened.  It's a preferance thing.  And speaking of omitting things, if you are not a cinnamon fan you can leave that out too.

Although, are there actually people who don't like cinnamon?

I'll tell you what my house SMELLED FANTASTIC.  If you need to get in the Fall-ish mood this applesauce will do the trick.  The kid's walked in the door from school and immediately were asking what I made.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce...let the Instant Pot do the work!  Homemade cinnamon applesauce comes together in under 30 minutes - start to finish.  Sweet applesauce is the perfect Fall snack! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Put this on your Fall bucket list!

Did you know season bucket lists are a thing?  I saw my friend Erin make one over on Instagram the other day and I kinda like the idea.  I mean, I make one with the kids for the summer, so why not for the Fall?  Just because we are in school doesn't mean we can't do fun things.

As always, if you try this Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce let me know!  Tag me on any social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to comment and follow along.

Yield: 6-8 cups

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is a breeze in the Instant Pot. A few minutes of prep and a short cook time put this cinnamon appleasause on the table very quick!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients


  • 14-16 medium sized apples (peeled, cored and diced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt

instructions


  1. Peel, core and dice the apples into small chunks.  Use whatever variety that is in season.  I used a combination of Honeycrisp and Snow Sweet.
  2. Add the apples, water, sugar and seasonings to the Instant Pot and stir.
  3. Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the vent to SEAL.
  4. Choose the MANUAL setting and set for 5 minutes.
  5. Let it cycle through and when finished let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure - it should take around 15-20 minutes.
  6. Open the lid, stir and mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher to your desired consistancy.  Let cool {or eat warm!} and spoon into tupperware containers for storage.  Keep refrigerated.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin + Cheesecake + Caramel + Cashews.
Pure bliss.
Did I mention the gingerbread crust?

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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All hail the month of September!  The month where I can finally share a new pumpkin recipe for my readers.  I mentally tell myself I cannot until now {please, if you only knew the restraint} so let's all clap and applaud these efforts.

I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I was baking with pumpkin and I only had one HATER so I'm considering this a giant success.

I went all out with this one....no simple pumpkin bread here.  This my friends is CHEESECAKE.  The all-American dessert, especially with the holidays starting to approach.

But first, let's pretend you are taking a delicious bite and discuss life for a moment.

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Tomorrow our son turns nine.  NINE.  Apparently he feels the need to grow up.  He's already past my shoulders {and I'm fairly tall at 5'9'}, so I'm guessing when at his school physical last month and our doctor estimated he'd be 6'5', she wasn't lying.

He's the typical first kid.  A man of few words, yet big, sensitive emotions, who follows all the rules and loves every stinking sport ever invented.  He has requested ham balls and mashed potatoes for his birthday dinner...comfort food at it's finest my friends.

He decided on a simple pool party at the local indoor pool for his party, plus cake afterwards, which MAKES ME REJOICE TO THE HEAVENS, as I will not have any stinky, sweaty boys in my house.  

I knew this kid loved me.

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

He also loves anything pumpkin.  Anything cheesecake.  Any dessert for that matter, if we are going to get picky.  His sweet tooth is strong and I love every minute of it.

As, I know that very special trait came from me.

When he gets home from school today and inevitably opens the fridge for a snack {how much can these boys eat?} he'll see this Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake and those big blue eyes will light up like it's Christmas morning.

I won't allow a slice for an afterschool snack {I do have some restraint}, but you can bet he'll get a slice tomorrow for his birthday!

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I went all rogue and deviated from a more traditional graham cracker crust and instead combined crushed, crispy gingerbread cookies {store bought works great!} along with some cashews and the melted butter.  This combo made the best crust!  It's crunchy, with a lot of ginger flavor and holds up well to the heavy pumpkin cheesecake filling.

And let me just say making cheesecake is EASY.

My neighbor came over today and while I handed her a few slices to take home {I can't have all of this staring at me}, she asked, "Isn't making homemade cheesecake hard?"

My friends.  It is not.  In fact, it's pretty simple!  Take a look at the ingredients - cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract.  Those are the basics.  If you can muster using a mixer, can turn on the oven and resist opening the oven door for 30 minutes after it's done baking, you can make a cheesecake just FINE.

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I will say this.

Invest in a nice, sturdy springform pan.  A simple pie plate/dish will not do.  This is a BIG cheesecake!  You need more room.

I own this version.  Such a simple investment for good cheesecake {just $12}!  Now, I can't remember another reason to use this pan, but when cheesecake time comes calling I dig it out, dust it off and get to work.

This cheesecake NEEDS TO GRACE YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE.  Tell all your friends.  Share the recipe.  Make a test version and eat it all by yourself.

I don't care.

Just make it.

It's creamy, full of pumpkin spice flavor {hello, Fall!} and has an equally tasty topping of drippy caramel and chopped cashews.  A little salt to cut through the sweet.  Enjoy and you can thank me come late November.

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake...mark this one #pumpkinspice lovers!  A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  Crispy gingerbread crust, a sweet creamy pumpking cheesecake filling, plus topped with drippy caramel and salty cashews. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Yield: 12

Caramel Cashew Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin lovers rejoice! With a gingerbread crust, a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling...and wait! Topped with drippy caramel and chopped cashews. Please put this on your Thanksgiving buffet.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 2 hour and 30 minstotal time: 2 hours and 50 mins

ingredients


  • 3 - 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 T flour
Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups gingerbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 4 T butter, melted
Toppings:
  • 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce
  • 3/4 cup cashews, chopped

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottom and sides of a springform pan with tin foil.  Place the springform pan into a large, rimmed roasting pan and set aside.
  2. In a food processor pulse together the gingerbread cookies and cashews until it resembles fine crumbs.  Pour in the melted butter and pulse a few times until it comes together.  Pour the crust mixture into the springform pan, pressing down on the bottom and up halfway the sides of the pan.  Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer cream the cream cheese until soft and fluffy.  Add in the pumpkin puree and sugar to combine.
  4. Carefully add in one egg at a time, letting it combine after each egg.
  5. Lastly, add in the vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice and flour.
  6. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the crust in the springform pan.  Smooth and lay the batter flat in the pan.
  7. Before placing in the oven, pour 2 cups of hot water into the roasting pan so that it surrounds the springform pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  After 1 hour, turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour.  Once cool, pour on the caramel sauce and sprinkle on the chopped cashews.  Place in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours before serving. 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake

The Instant Pot can do amazing things!
This Hash Brown Egg Bake is simple, easy, quick and delicious.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council, but all opinions are my own.

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Well, I have all three kids back to school and we survived the summer.  Can I get an AMEN to that?  We cruised through the past three months and per usual they flew by like lightning.  Trust me when I say, we were all ready for a bit more routine in our lives.

This Mama, hands down, for sure.

The one problem with going back to school are the crazy mornings.  I want them to eat something healthy, with a hefty amount of protein to carry them till lunch, but I often don't have the time to be standing at the stove frying up single portion eggs, bacon or even a bowl of oatmeal.

What's a Mom to do?

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Well, this Mom right here drug out her Instant Pot.

If you've been reading for awhile you know I've used mine for various meals - baked French Toast, soups, hard-boiled eggs, creamy pastas and more.

I wanted to use this QUICK appliance and come up with a dish that can serve us for a few days.  The Iowa Egg Council and I teamed up and came up with my Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake.  A perfect meal that can be eaten as dinner or "brinner", yet even more perfect to make on Monday morning and let the kids dig in till it's gone on Wednesday.

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm super lucky my kids love eggs {I have many Mom friend's who kid's don't} because eggs contain 13 essential nutrients, including 6 grams of high-quality protein.  We are usually eating breakfast around 7 a.m. here and the kids will not eat again until around 11:30 a.m. with lots of learning in between.

They need something filling!

Breakfast boosts brainpower...studies show that kids who eat breakfast have better attendance, improved test grades and fewer behavioral and disciplinary issues at school.  At one Iowa school, take a look at how student behavior improved, when the students were offered high-protein snacks like eggs, in place of high-carb snacks, like crackers and granola bars.

I feel like I knew this, but to actually see the results is pretty impressive.

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

With just five minutes of prep and 20 minutes of total cooking time, you can put this together on Monday morning right before the kids get up and it will be ready when they are sitting down for breakfast.

You can also eat this for an easy weeknight supper {we did that too!} and serve it along side a good, homemade blueberry muffin {another family favorite}.

Unless you have a lot of kids, say 5 or more, this Hash Brown Egg Bake can easily stretch out for two to three meals.  Hearty, big eaters?  Maybe just one, but it will be the best one they've had all week!  Hand down, the best.

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The flavor in this dish is incredible!  I decided on a whim to add a can of diced green chiles, along with the sausage, because they always provide a TON of flavor, but little to no heat.  Which, when cooking with kids, is sometimes a deal breaker, you know?

My other secret ingredient to many of my breakfast casseroles is to add cottage cheese to the cracked eggs.  It provides a creaminess and rich flavor that you can't get from other cheeses.  Then of course, the hash browns...any potato goes well with eggs!

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you're an egg lover like me and purchase eggs in your local grocery store, there is a good chance the eggs you bought were from an Iowa farm.  See?  We're more than just corn and pigs!

Iowa is the No.1 egg-producing state in the country, producing 15 billion eggs per year.  Almost 1 out of 5 eggs produced in the U.S. come from Iowa egg farms.

I remember how I was telling a friend years ago about how I buy 4-6 cartons of eggs at a time at the grocery store.  Her eyes got HUGE.  Maybe we are a bit over the top around here, but I do also bake quite a bit, so that helps amp up our egg consumption as well.

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake...an easy, quick and delicious, hearty breakfast!  Filled with sausage, hash browns, green chiles and of course eggs - make this for your back-to-school mornings and watch everyone devour. #ad #iowaegg (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Iowa’s egg farming families want to help you kick off a healthy school year! Enter to win a $200 grocery gift card to use for the ingredients to build healthy breakfasts {like this Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake}. 

Follow this link to enter through September 16, 2018.

And still need an Instant Pot?  It's okay!  I love my 8 Quart version, you can purchase yours HERE.  Let me know if you make this fun breakfast and let me know how you like it!  If active on social media, be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to comment and like your post.

Cheers to having the kids back in school!

Thank you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring this post.

Yield: 6-8

Instant Pot Hash Brown Egg Bake

Healthy, filling breakfasts are made easy in the Instant Pot! This egg bake can be thrown together on a Monday morning and eaten off of the entire week.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

ingredients


  • 1 lb. breakfast pork sausage
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 3 cups shredded hash browns
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

instructions


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute setting.  Generously spray the inside cavity of the Instant Pot with cooking spray.  When hot, add in the sausage and diced green chiles.  Break up the sausage and cook until no longer pink.  Spoon out any extra grease.  
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, milk, cottage cheese, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  3. Add in the hash browns, stirring and cooking for an additional 2 minutes.  Turn off the saute setting.  If any brown bits are on the bottom of the pan, remove the sausage/hash brown mixture and scrape these off, cleaning out the bottom of the pan.  THIS IS IMPORTANT.  If any burnt pieces remain the Instant Pot will have trouble pressurizing.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage/chile/hash brown combo, making sure all the potatoes are covered.  Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot to MANUAL and set for 20 minutes.  When done do a Quick Release method to release the steam.  Serve warm straight out of the Instant Pot.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without

Yep, I said it.  You cannot live without these Instant Pot recipes.
They are simply some of the best!

35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Hail, the Queen we now call the Instant Pot.

I jumped on the bandwagon last winter.  Have you?  If not, what are you waiting for?  I get it, one more appliance people say you HAVE TO HAVE.  I felt a bit the same way, but since purchasing one, I have not regretted it.

Kind of like I've never regretted having dessert.

Just to keep things in perspective.

Last February, after much poking from other bloggers and friends I purchased this version: the Instant Pot LUX80 8Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute, Steamer and Warmer.  

A bit of a mouthful right?

35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Minus the first time I used it {I was a nervous wreck, dancing around...I kept imaging it would blow up in my kitchen...it didn't}, I've since learned it's VERY easy to use and is a major time saver.  I've made hard boiled eggs, homemade pasta dishes, cooked a roast, shredded chicken from frozen to mouthwatering in just 15 minutes, baked bread and even made French toast!

Let's just say most, if not all recipes, can be adapted for the Instant Pot.  My 8 Qt version is perfect for our family of 5, but they do come in a 6 Qt and 3 Qt versions too.  There are many different brands out there and I'm sure they work just fine, I'm just familiar with this version.

Since last Winter, I've heard you all clamoring for Instant Pot recipes.  I get messages, you leave ideas on my Instagram thread....I get it!  Naturally, I do anything to please my readers, so I've hand-picked 35 of my favorites.  

Everything from breakfasts to dinners to even drinks!  Who knew?  Go ahead and pick out your favorites and let me know how they worked for you.


35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfod.com)





35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)




35 Instant Pot Recipes You Can't Live Without...these are the BEST of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes!  From breakfast to main dishes, sides and desserts.  Find your favorite Instant Recipe here! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Which one is screaming your name?

I personally want to dive into that Sausage Spinach Pasta.  And who knew you could make a PANCAKE in this thing?  Frankly all of these recipes are amazing and delicious.

Happy cooking!