13 Pressure Cooker Recipes That Blew Up in 2017

by Justina Huddleston
Nov 21, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Different gadgets come and go, but there's one big appliance that's made a huge comeback this year. It's the pressure cooker. When I was growing up, my mom had a pressure cooker, a massive pot she used on the stovetop that hissed and whistled and sizzled intimidatingly on the burner. But these days, electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot are all the rage. You can use them on the countertop, and they're safer than the old stovetop models, meaning they're the perfect tool for churning out fast, hearty and tasty meals in one pot without having to mess up the rest of the kitchen.

There are more than 2 million pressure cooker recipes on Pinterest, and Pinterest saves for pressure cooker recipes have gone up 691 percent compared to last year according to a Pinterest spokesperson. So if you're finally ready to get one for yourself or if you're a die-hard fan who's looking for new ways to use yours, these popular Pinterest pressure cooker recipes are just the ticket.

1 /13: Pressure cooker easy mac & cheese

1/13 :Pressure cooker easy mac & cheese

Creamy, dreamy mac and cheese made in the pressure cooker is as easy as making it from a box, but tastier. 

2 /13: Pressure cooker beef stew

2/13 :Pressure cooker beef stew

A cozy bowl of beef stew hits the spot when the weather turns cold.

3 /13: Pressure cooker chicken & rice

3/13 :Pressure cooker chicken & rice

Lots of herbs and veggies accent the flavorful rice and chicken in this simple recipe

4 /13: Pressure cooker French dip sandwiches

4/13 :Pressure cooker French dip sandwiches

Seared in the pressure cooker then braised in red wine, this beef makes a killer French dip sandwich.

5 /13: Pressure cooker orange chicken

5/13 :Pressure cooker orange chicken

Ready in just 15 minutes, this orange chicken is even faster than ordering delivery.

6 /13: Pressure cooker mushroom risotto

6/13 :Pressure cooker mushroom risotto

Savory mushrooms and tender rice make for an elegant, earthy meal in this hands-off pressure cooker risotto.

7 /13: Giant pressure cooker pancakes

7/13 :Giant pressure cooker pancakes

These super-fluffy, eggy, giant pancakes are worth the cost of a pressure cooker by themselves.

8 /13: Pressure cooker brisket sliders

8/13 :Pressure cooker brisket sliders

Tender barbecued brisket is topped with cheese and caramelized onions to make these sandwiches.

9 /13: Pressure cooker peach cobbler

9/13 :Pressure cooker peach cobbler

To make this dessert, tender peaches are cooked to perfection in a luscious sauce in your pressure cooker.

10 /13: Pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes

10/13 :Pressure cooker mashed sweet potatoes

Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect low-key holiday side dish. 

11 /13: Pressure cooker maple-honey ham

11/13 :Pressure cooker maple-honey ham

Moist pressure cooker ham with a sticky maple-honey glaze is the easiest dinner party entrée ever. 

12 /13: Pressure cooker pasta e fagioli

12/13 :Pressure cooker pasta e fagioli

This hearty Italian classic is made with dried beans but takes just 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. 

13 /13: Pressure cooker applesauce

13/13 :Pressure cooker applesauce

Smooth and lightly spiced applesauce is even better when you can control how much sugar goes into it.