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A bowl of beef brisket soup with carrots, green onions, and thyme, in an orange bowl on a slate-gray background

Instant Pot Beef Brisket Soup

“Beef brisket soup? That sounds goooood” said my dental hygienist. “Uhnhuh” I gargled back. It was the usual dentist office conversation – get asked a question (What am I cooking right now? “Instant Pot Beef Brisket Soup”) and then try to carry my side of the conversation with a mouth full of dental tools. But my hygenist is right – this soup is gooood. (I could hear the extra O’s when she said it). The key is homemade beef broth. Yes, you can use store-bought beef broth, but the difference between homemade and store-bought is dramatic. Homemade broth is pressure cooking’s killer feature. Take the time, at least once, to make broth in your Instant pot, and you’ll see what you’re missing. I make a big batch of broth on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and freeze the results. Then I’m stocked up for soup1, and can hurry through the rest of this recipe on a busy weeknight. (And, if you’re really into it, you can make homemade hominy, like I did last week.) Brisket is …

A red bowl of Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Dumplings on a white background

Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Dumplings

I have a confession: I didn’t make this soup the Day After Thanksgiving. I stashed the leftovers from my Christmas turkey in the freezer…and forgot about them. I was googling around for a recipe idea when I stumbled across the idea of mashed potato dumplings. That’s when I remembered the frozen turkey bones in my freezer, and the leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner. I loaded up my Instant Pot with frozen turkey bones and I was off to the races. This is why I beg people to save the bones from roast birds. Leftover turkey, roast chicken, whatever you’ve got – it makes a fantastic pressure cooker broth. After you have broth, the world is your…soup? Yes, the world is your soup. Where was I? Oh, yes, mashed potato dumplings. I couldn’t pass up using leftover mashed potatoes in turkey soup, or calling it Day-After-Thanksgiving soup. (If I could work stuffing and cranberries in somehow, I would. But that seems a bit too far.) The potato takes the place of the milk, butter, and …

Instant Pot German Pot Roast with Mustard (Senfbraten)

Grandma said: If you want luck in the New Year, you have to have pork on New Year’s Day. Who am I to argue with Grandma? Here’s my New Year’s day recipe inspired by the German side of my family, Instant Pot German Pot Roast with Mustard. In Germany this is a Senfbraten, or mustard roast, pork rubbed with mustard and cooked with onions, carrots, and thyme. I use my Instant Pot Pot Roast trick of cutting the roast into pieces – it cooks faster and more evenly. Other than that, it’s a standard pot roast; brown it to add a flavorful crust, sauté the onions, simmer in a little wine, add the roast and some broth, and cook with carrots until falling-apart tender. (You don’t have to add the carrots, but they’re my wife’s favorite part. I get asked a lot of pointed questions if there aren’t carrots.) Oh, and of course I made a side of Sauerkraut and Kielbasa – Grandma says you need pork AND sauerkraut for luck in the new year. …

An aqua colored bowl full southwestern turkey soup, topped with shredded cabbage and cheese, with bowls of tortillas, limes, and shredded cabbage in the background, with the text Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Soup | DadCooksDinner underneath

Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Southwestern Soup

Did I remind you to save your Thanksgiving turkey carcass? No? Dang it, I slipped up this year. I hope you did save the bones, though, because here’s what to do with it. (I’ve got a spare carcass in my new freezer, so I can make another batch of soup in a month or so.) This is my day after Thanksgiving sorta-posole, a Southwestern style soup inspired by the cans of hominy in my pantry. Hey, Thanksgiving was busy, and I wanted an easy after-the-bird soup this year. While I was in the pantry, I grabbed a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes and a can of black beans and went to work. You have to be willing to get rough with the turkey carcass to fit it in a 6-quart pressure cooker; I break the backbone away from the breast to get it to fit. If you have an 8-quart cooker, you can just drop it in there. The key to this soup is the add-ins; I crumble tortilla chips into the bottom of the bowl, …