Under Pressure: Beef Stew

For Christmas, Chris’ parents got me an 8 quart pressure cooker. Aside from breaking the handle off promptly after opening it, we hadn’t messed with it until yesterday. In light of the snowpocalypse predicted for Wichita, I decided to make a batch of stew after getting home from school. It worked quite well, despite something of a learning curve. We used a standard beef burgundy recipe, although omitting the bacon (I forgot to buy some at the store). The stew cooked under pressure for abut 45 minutes, although in the future, we’ll lower that by about 10-15 minutes, but the beef was very tender. It’s definitely a faster way to get that slow cooked taste without spending 4 hours on it.

Ingredients
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
1/4 cup flour
2 lbs roast, cut into 1″ cubes
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup red wine
2-3 cups beef broth
8 oz button mushrooms
2 baking potatoes, diced
1/2 cup peas
Herbes de Provence
Salt and Pepper

Method
Toss beef in flour seasoned with some of the herbs, salt and pepper. Saute in pressure cooker until browned. Add onion, saute until limp. Add garlic, tomato paste and carrot. Saute a minute, then deglaze with wine. Add onion and beef broth and lid. Bring up to pressure, and let it cook 30 minutes. Release pressure, and add diced potatoes (may want additional salt at this point). Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and bring back up to pressure for 5 minutes. Release pressure, and stir in peas. Let cook a couple of minutes uncovered, re-season, and serve with crusty bread.

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2 comments on “Under Pressure: Beef Stew

  1. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe! Sounds great, would you mind telling me where you got the instructions! Roast cubes only need about 30 minutes to cook!

    I hope you got the handle problem taken care of, too!

    L

    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

    • caffeinatedkatie says:

      This was the first attempt at pressure cooking, and we tend to really like the beef tender with stews. This roast also had a good amount of connective tissue that needed to break down. I just sort of took a stab at it, and the result was pretty much what we were looking for for this particular pressure cooker.

      The handle is patched together with some super glue, although we have a spare as well, if that fails (although hopefully I won’t hulk out on the poor pressure cooker again).

      Thanks for reading!

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