Instant Pot Easter Bunny Potatoes—creamy mashed yellow potatoes and carrots with sour cream, butter, salt and pepper made fast in the Instant Pot. The carrots add a bit of sweetness and color.
Note: the SLOW COOKER instructions are listed in the recipe card below
Instant Pot Easter Bunny Potatoes
Happy Easter! The Easter Bunny added a bit of color into these potatoes by adding in some carrots. The pop of sweetness that comes from the carrots makes these potatoes extra special and perfect to serve as a side dish with Easter dinner.
When Greg saw these potatoes he said, “those are April potatoes.” Not the month April, but a person named April. Our friend, April, is obsessed with adding in vegetables into EVERYthing from pancakes to macaroni and cheese. She is hilarious and we like to tease her a lot about it. One time when their family came to eat pancakes at our house the 10 year old son was shocked that we had syrup (with high fructose corn syrup in it). He was so excited that he got to eat pancakes without spinach inside them and with Mrs. Butterworth’s on top! 🤣
I loved these potatoes so much and they were so simple with only 4 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper). I think I’ll add carrots into my mashed potatoes in the future all the time!
I love using my Avokado steamer basket* to make mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot. By keeping the cubed potatoes out of the water they don’t get grainy. If you don’t have a steamer basket you can just put the potatoes directly in the pot with the water. It will still work but they’ll be a little waterlogged.
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Creamy mashed yellow potatoes and carrots with sour cream, butter, salt and pepper made fast in the Instant Pot. The carrots add a bit of sweetness and color.
- 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, washed and cut into cubes (peeled or unpeeled)
- 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup melted butter
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Place potatoes and carrots in a steamer basket*.
- Pour 1 ½ cups water into bottom of Instant Pot.
- Lower steamer basket into Instant Pot.
- Cover and lock lid into place. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 8 minutes.
- When time is up move valve to venting to release pressure. Remove the lid.
- Remove steamer basket and set aside. Dump water out of Instant Pot. Dump the potatoes and carrots into the liner of the Instant Pot and set on the counter.
- Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Stir in the salt, pepper, sour cream and butter until creamy and smooth.
- Scoop onto plates and serve.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
- Place potatoes and carrots into slow cooker. Pour 1 ½ cups water into slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until potatoes and carrots are soft.
- Drain the water. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Stir in the salt, pepper, sour cream and butter until creamy and smooth.
- Scoop onto plates and serve.
- Category: Side
- Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Pour 1.5 cups water into Instant Pot
Lower steamer basket with cubed potatoes and halved carrots into Instant Pot
Pressure cook for 8 minutes
Drain water from pot and dump contents of steamer basket into Instant Pot liner
Stir in salt, pepper, sour cream, and melted butter
Scoop onto plates and enjoy