By Cassie Johnston
Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free
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I did about five months total on the AIP Diet, and there was a lot of really good food that crossed my plate during that time. But without a doubt, these Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs were the family favorite from all my experiments. My husband requested them weekly. My daughter happily ate her mini meatballs. And I loved that I was able to have an AIP-friendly dinner that felt normal.
It felt like good stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Which can be hard to come by when you aren’t eating grains, dairy, or potatoes, but is exactly what you want to be eating this time of year. This dish is packed with so much flavor, and the Instant Pot makes it so fast and easy to make—it’s just an all-around winner-winner-meatball-dinner.
Speaking of the Instant Pot, let’s talk about this little magical appliance. I have to admit I was über skeptical about the ole IP. I saw everyone scooping them up for years and thought, “But, Mommmmmmm, I don’t need another kitchen appliance.” I have a slow cooker. I have a stove. What’s the point?
But, I ended up caving on my Instant Pot bias for one single dish: bone broth. My naturopath wants me consuming bone broth daily, and spending 24-36 hours making it on the stovetop just wasn’t working for my lifestyle (and I’m not about to shell out $192 a quart for pre-made stuff). The Instant Pot can make bone broth in just a few hours! And then once the Instant Pot had a spot in my kitchen, I quickly started to use it for all kinds of things: hard boiled eggs, roast chickens, baked sweet potatoes, soups, stews, applesauce, yogurt. I am officially, 100%, head-over-heels in love with my Instant Pot.
As far as models go, I have the Instant Pot DUO 6-quart. BUT, because I do so much bulk cooking, I wish I had gotten the 8-quart instead. The six-quart works fine, but more often than not, I’ve wished for just a little more room (especially when trying to wedge spaghetti squash halves in there).
My recipe tester Isabel has the DUO Plus 6-quart (which is what you see in these pics and in the video). It’s got a few more bells-and-whistles, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth more than $15-$20 more than the regular DUO—don’t pay more than that. You can do everything with the regular DUO that you can with the DUO Plus, it just requires a few more button pushes.
Don’t have an Instant Pot? Ain’t no thang. I’ve included oven/stovetop instructions in the recipe below, too. I got you.
My favorite AIP-friendly way to serve these Instant Pot Swedish meatballs is over a bed of mashed cauliflower. If I wasn’t off potatoes and dairy, I’d serve them over top of the world’s most buttery mashed potatoes. Preferably made with Yukon Golds that I grew in my own garden. I’m a total mashed potato snob.
This would also be amazing over a bed of egg noodles, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or even mixed roasted root veggies. The meatballs and gravy are so incredibly flavorful that the vehicle for delivery isn’t nearly as important. Enjoy!
The whole family will love these comforting Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy. And thanks to the Instant Pot, dinner will be ready in 40 minutes!
No Instant Pot? Make it in the oven! Preheat oven to 350°. Follow directions through step number two, except instead of placing the ingredients in an Instant Pot, place in a large oven-safe Dutch oven or pot and cover with lid. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked down and the meatballs are cooked through. Remove pot from the oven and place over medium-high heat on the stove. Mix together the coconut milk and arrowroot powder, add to the pot and gently stir the mixture to break up the meatballs and thicken the gravy. As soon as the gravy is thickened, about two minutes, remove from heat and serve.
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Hi! I’m doing Weight Watchers and this recipe is 11 points. I really want to try it. Can you recommend substitutions that would help get the point value down a little? Could I sub the coconut milk for almond milk maybe? And possibly more pork, less beef?
Are you doing Freestyle? If so, you can swap out the beef for lean ground chicken—it won’t be quite as flavorful, but it’ll drop the point value considerably!
Do you know the point value in freestyle?
I know what I’ll be making soon! We don’t have an IP, but we have a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. It does every single thing the IP does, but it doesn’t have all the fancy buttons. I love it lol. I won’t lie and say I don’t want an IP though…haha.
Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to eat it!
Oh my goodness this looks delicious. This is my favorite type of comfort food. It’s making me hungry right now. I’ll have to make this for dinner. My kids are going to love it too.
Sorry I missed the answer which was at the beginning!! Thanks so much – it just makes my mouth water!!
The recipe is delicious – my non-AIP husband liked it too – but I would suggest updating the time it takes to cook to include the ~20 minutes it takes for the Instant Pot to reach pressure. It’s really an hour to prepare and cook, not 40 minutes.
Is there something I can substitute for the coconut milk and arrowroot powder? I don’t think I can get them in Norway but I want to make this recipe so badly!
If you aren’t paleo, you can use cornstarch and heavy cream. :)
My family absolutely loved this!! Quick question, I found the meatballs to be a little dry. Could I add some almond milk? I know normally you would add egg, breadcrumbs and milk so just thought maybe almond milk might help. Don’t know if they would still bind well is my only concern . Thanks!
I would try a bit of coconut milk instead of almond milk. They might be a little sticky to work with, but it should help. You could also add in just a touch (maybe 1/4 cup?) of unsweetened applesauce.
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