From Scratch Holiday Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Butternut Squash

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From Scratch Holiday Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Butternut Squash with instant pot

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 75 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

 

Ingredients - From‑Scratch Holiday Green Bean Casserole

1 - 1/2 cups Water

12 ounces white button mushrooms brushed clean

1 pound frozen French-style cut green beans thawed

1/4 cup all-purpose flour dip and level— do not pack

1 teaspoon table salt

1/2 teaspoon rubbed or ground sage

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup heavy or light cream

1/4 cup whole milk do not use low-fat or fat-free

4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded (1 cup)

 

Ingredients - Mashed Butternut Squash

1 - 1/2 cups Water

1 - 1/2 pounds butternut squash stemmed, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1 inch pieces

1/2 tablespoon stick butter cut into small bits (4 tbsp or 1/4 cup

1/2 teaspoon table salt plus more as needed

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

 

Directions - From‑Scratch Holiday Green Bean Casserole

  1. Pour the water into the insert set in a 5-, 6-, or 8-quart Instant Pot. Set a pressure-safe rack or trivet in the insert.

  2. Finely chop half of the mushrooms, then thinly slice the remainder. Transfer them to a large bowl and stir in the green beans, flour, salt, sage, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper until uniform. Stir in the cream and milk until well combined.

  3. Pour and pack this mixture into a 2 quart, 7-inch-round, high- sided, pressure-safe baking or soufflé dish. Do not cover. Set the dish on the rack and lock the lid on the pot.

  4. Set the Instant Pot for Pressure Cook or Manual and set the pressure to High. The valve must be closed. Set the time for 20 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.

  5. When the pot has finished cooking, turn it off and let the pressure return to normal naturally, about 15 minutes. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Use hot pads or silicone baking mitts to transfer the (hot!) baking dish to a nearby wire rack. Stir in the cheese, then set aside for 5 minutes to let the cheese melt. Stir again before serving warm.

Directions - Mashed Butternut Squash

  1. Pour the water into the insert set in a 5-, 6-, or 8-quart Instant Pot. Set a pressure-safe rack or trivet in the insert.

  2. Put the squash, butter, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a 2 quart, 7-inch-round, high-sided, pressure-safe baking or soufflé dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and set it on the rack. Lock the lid on the cooker.

  3. Set the Instant Pot for Pressure Cook or Manual and set the pressure to High. The valve must be closed. Set the time for 45 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.

  4. When the pot has finished cooking, turn it off and let the pressure return to normal naturally, about 15 minutes. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Use hot pads or silicone baking mitts to transfer the (hot!) baking dish to a nearby wire rack.

  5. Uncover the baking dish. Use a potato masher or a handheld electric mixer at medium-low speed to mash the butternut squash right in the dish. Check for salt to taste and serve warm.

 

Recipe Notes

Top the casserole with canned fried onions, such as French’s, just before serving.

Or skip the fried onions and crumble thick-cut potato chips on top.

Or go over the top with thick-cut sour-cream-and-onion potato chips.

For a 3-quart Instant Pot, you must halve almost all of the ingredient amounts except you must use 1 cup water in the insert and you must use a 1-quart, 6-inch-round, high-sided, pressure-safe baking or soufflé dish.

For a 10-quart Instant Pot, you must increase the amount of water in the insert to 21/2 cups while otherwise completing the recipe as stated.

For a richer dish, add up to 2 tablespoons heavy or light cream to the cooked squash before mashing it, taking care that the dish doesn’t get soupy. (Butternut squash will not thicken cream with natural starches the way potatoes will.)

For a 3-quart Instant Pot, you must halve almost all of the ingredient amounts except you must use 1 cup water in the insert. You must also use a 1-quart, 6-inch-round, high- sided, round, pressure-safe baking or soufflé dish.

For a 10-quart Instant Pot, you must increase the amount of water in the insert to 2 1/2 cups while otherwise completing the recipe as stated.