Instant pot goetta takes the hassle out of making one of Cincinnati’s favorite treats.
The one I’m sharing here took us several years to get exactly like we love it for the slow cooker.
Then it took a bit more tweaking to get adjusted to the Instant pot.
If you’ve never had goetta, pronounced get-uh, it might sound weird, but people from my part of the Midwest of the US love it.
Similar to dishes like scrapple and mush, goetta was created to help stretch grocery budgets.
Goetta is often served as a substitute for breakfast meat, and a batch will last for several days or longer if you freeze it.
So what’s in Goetta?
Most goetta recipes include ground meat, pin head or steel cut oats, onion, bay leaf and some type of liquid for cooking the oats.
Most family recipes also include one or more secret ingredients
I admit sharing this recipe was a bit difficult for me because we have our own secret ingredients.
Sharing them is an effort.
So what makes perfect goetta?
Some people like spicy goetta so they add cayenne or spicy sausage.
Others think perfect goetta is about how it’s served.
They love it thinly sliced and fried crisp.
Others like it thick and smothered in ketchup.
As a goetta aficionado, I am not a fan of having it smothered in ketchup.
Honestly, I roll my eyes at people who eat it that way, although even I have to admit that when I ate it in a slider with cheese and ketchup, it was pretty tasty.
No matter what way you like it, goetta is versatile and yummy and will always remind people from this area of home.
How many ways are there to serve Goetta?
When I started looking for different ways to serve goetta, I was impressed by the creativity of my fellow goetta lovers.
Some of the recipes are a bit over the top so I decided to create a series of recipes that are easy to make, even for a novice goetta lover.
You can learn more about that in the recipe collection 10 Easy to Make Cincinnati Food Favorites.
I also have a recipe for those who don’t have an Instant pot.
The best Cincinnati Crock Pot Goetta Recipe is the original way I learned to make goetta, although it takes several hours to make.
Some people prefer the texture of the slow cooker method, but I love a recipe that cuts the cooking time by 75%.
How about you?
No matter which method you choose, there are so many ways to serve goetta in addition to the ones I mention above.
Here are a some extra tips to make this recipe as easy as possible.
- Assemble all of your ingredients in the order that you will use them.
- Peel and dice onion ahead of time
- Know that this recipe takes a little over an hour to make start to finish, but even using the Instant Pot, it’s not a recipe you start and walk away from. It needs some tending to so make sure you’re available to do that.
- If possible, cook with someone and have them read the recipe to you as you cook because cooking is more fun with people and then you won’t skip any steps, not that I’ve ever done that (cough cough yes I have).
- If you’re cooking on your own, read through the entire recipe before you start. There are several steps, and I write recipes as if people are new to cooking.
- Have fun. Cooking is a skill I believe anyone can learn and master with practice. Everyone has thrown meals in the garbage. If you mess up, say “oh well” and move on.
Let’s get cooking!
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 pound Ground Pork Sausage
- 1 pound Bacon
- 2 1/2 cups Pinhead Oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
- 1 large Onion (diced small)
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Brown ground beef, bacon, and sausage in the Instant Pot (See notes)
- After cooking, either with a wooden spatula or small food processor, process the meat into very small pieces, not a paste.
- When the meat is cooked and processed, add in the rest of the ingredients except the bay leaves.
- Stir everything together then place the bay leaves in the mixture so the tops are sticking out.
- Lock the lid and set the Instant pot for 35 minutes on manual.
- Let the goetta natural pressure release for 10 minutes then manually release any remaining pressure. The mixture should be the consistency of thick oatmeal.
- If not, press the Saute button and keep cooking with the lid off, stirring constantly until thick enough.
- Prepare loaf pans, lining them with parchment paper or lay out plastic wrap to make "chubs". Overlap two 16 to 18 inch sheets of clear plastic wrap with a two to three inch overlap. Place a third piece of plastic wrap in the middle of the other two sheets. You will need two loaf pans and three chubs per batch.
- Spoon 1/2 of the goetta into the loaf pans and press down to compress or spoon 1/3 goetta onto the plastic wrap and form into a roll. To compress the chub twist the ends and spin, letting any trapped air out the end of the chub.
- While you can eat the goetta as soon as you make it, most people chill it for several hours before serving.
- After chilling, prepare by cutting into slices and frying in a non-stick skillet for best results.
Meat cooking options -
1. Add all three meats to the Instant Pot. Press Saute and cook the meat, breaking it up into the smallest pieces possible with a wooden spatula as it cooks.
2. Add the meat and 1/2 cup of water or stock. Place the lid in the locked position, set the Instant pot to Manual for 5 minutes and break up after cooking and a 5 minute natural pressure release.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 568mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 12g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
While I usually share pictures of the cooking process with these recipes, my son and granddaughter stopped by for an unexpected visit while I was making this recipe, so I didn’t get the normal number of pictures.
Maybe next time!
Here’s what your Goetta making process should look like.
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Final notes about goetta
If you find you a goetta lover after making this recipe or even if you are, you can use it in other recipes to stretch your grocery budget without wasting what you’ve just made.
Add goetta to ground beef or turkey to make tacos.
Add texture to chili.
Mix with ground meat for an awesome meatloaf or shepherd’s pie.
The possibilities are endless.
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