Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes (all in one pot at the same time)!!

My husband and I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot for dinner last night.  Ok, he made the meatloaf and I made the potatoes.  It was simply amazing.  I used to always think that my mom made the best meatloaf in the world and really she STILL does (seriously, Mom, you do) but this meatloaf in the Instant Pot was so moist and delicious and was really just incredible.

When chopping up the onions and green pepper, I prefer these be diced small.  For this reason we use a chopper.  It does an excellent job at the size I want and in turn the vegetables are perfectly cooked when the meatloaf is finished in the pot.

Add in the seasonings, bread crumbs, egg and combine.  Really though, the best utensils in the kitchen are attached to your arms so use those hands to thoroughly combine the meat, vegetables, seasonings and egg.

For the meat into a loaf that is the right size to fit into your Instant Pot.

Now…it’s time to prepare the potatoes to put in the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Cut potatoes into either halves (if small) or fourths if a bit larger and place into the bottom of the pot. Pour a cup of water and add salt and pepper to taste.  On top of the potatoes add the trivet.

On top of the trivet add a foil sling. Do this by taking a piece of foil and folding together.  Then take another piece of foil and do the same but form it into a + shape and place inside the Instant Pot.  

Place the meatloaf on top of the foil, close the lid and seal the valve.  Push the meat/stew button and adjust the time to 25 minutes.

When the timer goes off, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release (that means to allow to pressure to release from the pot on its own for 10 minutes before venting the rest of pressure in the pot).  While the pot is doing the natural pressure release make the topping.  Remove the trivet, foil “sling” and meatloaf from pot and spoon on sauce and broil in oven for about 5 minutes.

I like to add my drained potatoes right back into my Instant Pot liner with the “warm” function still on and mash with a hand masher.  It’s important the potatoes hit a warm area such as the dried pot to help prevent a gummy texture.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes (all in one pot)!!
  1. Clean and cut potatoes into half or fourths and place in the bottom of the inner pot in your Instant Pot. Season with salt and pepper and add in 1 cup of water.
  2. Place trivet that came with the Instant Pot on top of potatoes and then make a foil sling to go on top of the trivet for the meatloaf to go on. (This will allow the juices to stay with the meat and not go on the potatoes)
  1. Place ground beef into bowl. Chop the green pepper and onion finely and place in bowl. Add in seasonings (salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano).
  2. Add in bread crumbs and egg and mix well.
  3. Form into a loaf and place on top of foil sling that is on top of trivet.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid, seal the valve and press the Meat/Stew button. Adjust the time to 25 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release. This means that when the timer goes off, you allow the pot to release some of the pressure on it's own and then after 10 minutes vent the remaining pressure before opening.
  6. When pressure is released, open the lid and remove the meatloaf. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and turn the broiler on. Mix together ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and spoon on top of the meatloaf. Place under broiler for about 5 minutes.
  7. When done, remove from oven and slice to serve.
Making Mashed Potatoes
  1. Drain all liquid from potatoes and place dried potatoes back into pot while still on "Keep Warm" function. Add in cream cheese, butter and half and half and mash with potato masher. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
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