Instant Pot beef Stew

Instant Pot beef Stew

Wholefoods had a special on stew meat so I grab some and made this great 10 Minute stew.

Well that’s a little deceptive it takes time to prep, time to build, time to natural release the pressure but only 10 minutes pressure cooking time

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Ingredients

·       3 cups dice Carrot

·       2 cups dice Celery

·       4 cups peel and dice Russet Potato – I would cut slightly large dice.

·       1 ½ cups dice Onion

·       3 teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves

·       4 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

·       1 teaspoon Thyme, Dried

·       1 teaspoon Basil, Dried

·       1 whole Bay Leaf

·       ½ teaspoons Black Pepper

·       Pinch of Red Pepper flakes

·       2 pounds Stew Beef – lightly coated with flour in hopes to thicken the gravy, this was a no browning recipe

·       14 ½ ounces Diced Tomatoes, Canned

·       14 fluid ounces Beef Bone Broth

·       ⅛ teaspoons Salt

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Sorry was so hungry forgot to take finished picture will post one next time, I used recipe picture from  once a month meals this was her receipe I added just a few things

 

Directions

**Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using frozen or more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**

Place all ingredients into inner pot.

Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.

Choose the soup setting and adjust to 10 minutes or set manually for 10 minutes.

Release pressure.

Remove bay leaf.

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Triple Play Meatloaf (gluten free)

Triple Play Meatloaf (gluten free)

Meat loaf is one of those comfort foods and everyone thinks they have the best recipe. For a long time I thought I did – it was right off the oatmeal box and it was a staple for me during my bachelor days. Lyn was nice about it but she finally won and I was forbidden to make it any longer. It was not until I tried a few more recipes that I understood why, and agree. I think everyone I make is slightly different because I am a cook from the gut or pantry kind of guy. There are tons of things that will never make it to this site I open the frig look around and throw something together and then say Blank I should have taken pictures or paid more attention to what I put in there. Anyway…..

For a long time I wanted to try making a meatloaf that utilized 3 types of ground meat, Hamburger, Veal and Pork. Lyn found this recipe on Pinterest and I made it today. The name is mine and I tweaked some of the ingredients to meet my taste. The sauce was good but not a keeper to me, smelt much better cooking. You could use the standard ketchup topping, BBQ sauce, maybe even Salsa etc. etc…..

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh chives, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh thyme leaves, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups finely ground gluten free panko (place panko in food processor to finely grind)
  • 2/3 cup whole organic milk
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 cups chicken stock, homemade or good quality purchased
  • 8 to 10 cloves roasted-garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley

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How

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place the veal, pork, beef, chives, thyme, parsley, eggs, panko, milk, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat and add a drizzle or 2 of extra-virgin olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the celery and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened. Remove the celery and onion from the pan and let cool.

Suate Onions and celery

When the mixture is cool, add it to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.

Mix the ingredients until well combined and everything is evenly distributed.Mix throughly

Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan (it should have sides at least 1-1 1/2 inches high to prevent grease runoff from the pan). I used 90% lean and did not have a lot of fat.

Place the meat on the sheet pan and pat it and punch it down to remove any air pockets. Shape the meat into a loaf (about 14 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide by 2 inches high). Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer indicates an internal temperature of 155 degrees. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Mold to loaf 2 inches high

bake 350 40-45 minutes

Sauce – Meanwhile, for the sauce, combine the broth, roasted garlic and butter over medium-high heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly thickened. Add 1 teaspoon of each of the chopped thyme, chives and parsley.

Heat and simmer sauce Add herbs

Slice the meatloaf into serving portions and spoon the hot sauce over the meatloaf and serve.

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BBQ Grilled New York Strip Steak

BBQ Grilled New York Strip Steak

When it comes down to it I am really a red meat person, I’ll eat the other stuff but if given the choice I will always reach for the red meat. With spring coming and Eastover here I decide that along with the Salmon there would be meat. So I grabbed a couple of NY Strips at Wholefoods and a bottle of A1 sauce for Lyn and grilled up those babies.

Eastover Surf and Turf BBQ Rub Salmon, Grill NY Strip Steak, Roasted potatoes, carrot root, turnips and carrots, Fennel salad and asparagus.

Eastover Surf and Turf BBQ Rub Salmon, Grill NY Strip Steak, Roasted potatoes, Celery root, turnips and carrots, Fennel salad and asparagus.

 

Ingredients

Steak

Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients

How

Pat dry the steaks with paper towels.

liberally Salt and pepper the steaks, place in freezer for 15-20 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the grill

Cook the steaks about 4 minutes per side don’t touch just turn when ready, maybe 5 minutes on second side.

Remove from grill let sit for 8-12 minutes, slice and serve.

NY Strip

 

A1 Sauce

A1 is marketed as a steak sauce in the USA as a condiment for use with meat or game dishes. It was developed, produced and marketed in the United Kingdom as a brand in 1831 and was later introduced to the United States by G.F. Heublein and (&) Bros., and was officially registered as a trademark in North America in 1895. Widely available in the US, the sauce today is only available in selected Tesco stores in the UK its country of origin.

 

The original sauce upon which A.1. is based was created in 1824 by Henderson William Brand, a chef to King George IV of the United Kingdom.[2] A popular myth has it that the king declared it “A.1.” and the name was born.[3] It went into commercial production under the Brand & Co. label in 1831, marketed as a condiment for ‘fish, meat and fowl’, and continued production under this label after bankruptcy forced ownership of Brand & Co. to be transferred to W.H. Withall in 1850. It was renamed A.1. in 1873, after a trademark dispute between creator Henderson William Brand and Dence & Mason, who had since purchased Brand & Co. from Withall. It continued to be produced by Brand & co until the late 1950s at the firm’s factory in Vauxhall London.[4] It was introduced to the United States in 1895 under the ownership of G.F. Heublein & Brothers and marketed as A.1 ‘steak’ sauce’. In 1931, A.1. was introduced to Canada.

Crockpot Beef Stew with Red Wine

Crockpot Beef Stew with Red Wine

I love when the temps turn to sweatshirt weather, a time when your cheeks get that slight wind chill burn when you’re out for a walk. Work is located downtown and I walk 2 miles every lunch time to keep in shape, get some fresh air but mostly just to clear the head. I have come up with many solutions to the days pressing issue while walking. I’m and IT guy with 35 or so users spread out in 5 locations with an additional 6 servers/PCs to service. To top it off sales is on the road here and in Asia a lot of the time. So every call I get it is 99.99% chance of being issue call. As anyone in my situation will tell you every caller does not give a _____ about anyone else problems just theirs. Oh yeah you take care of the president first, no matter what.

Anyway back to my daily walks, some of the shop owners, police and the mentally challenged give me the nod as I walk by with ear buds blocking out the sounds of downtown Milford and the local neighborhood. I have become a townie it has been since I was in my teens that I’ve been there. Different town different times.

Lyn and I finally broke down and bought a new crockpot, one that you can put the pot on the burner and brown saving those great little flavor bits on the bottom. With sweatshirt weather there is nothing better than coming in from outside and smelling the rich flavors of a great beef stew, heck even a bad one smells good.  As promised here is that quick beef stew recipe I made. I made a small batch since I am still on the fend for yourself diet but made sure I had left overs.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pounds stew beef like bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
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  • Pinch or two of red hot pepper flakes
  • 1-2 Tbsps. olive oil (plus more if needed)
  • 1 medium to large onions, ruff chop
  • ¼ cup ketchup – I did not have tomato paste that would probably be about 1-2 Tbsps.
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 large potato, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup bay carrots
  • ¼-1/2 cup chicken broth would have been better with beef broth but again I did not have.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
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  •  ¼-1/2 cup frozen peas put in when almost ready to serve
  • ¼-1/2 cup frozen corn put in when almost ready to serve

 

Directions

1. Coat the beef in the flour and pepper. I like to put in plastic bag and shake to coat. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a crockpot pot over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Remove and set aside.

2. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the ketchup and coat the onions. Remove and set aside.

3. Place pot in crockpot, pour the wine into the pot and scrape up any browned bits. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, red pepper flakes and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 ½-8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and corn and heat through.

I was nervous because it was a small batch but it came out pretty darn good.

My pictures did not come out that great so I admit it I borrowed one from the web. Thanks Susie Cushner interestingly enough her recipe was real close to what I did. Our gut instincts must be close.
Pan Seared Oven Roasted Tenderloin

Pan Seared Oven Roasted Tenderloin

I know you have gone out to dinner and had that wonderful melt in your mouth steak Filet Mignon. Being that it is an expensive cut of meat at the restaurant it is much more economical to cook at home especially when you do not eat as much, heck Lyn and I can share one and are completely satisfied. I used to laugh to myself watching my parent split such a small piece of meat. At home some like to broil or grill but I prefer to pan sear and finish off roasting it in the oven. Do yourself a favor don’t buy grocery store cuts unless it is something that equals the quality of Wholefoods or a local butcher the $4 to $6 a pound you save is not worth it

FYI from about.com

Question: What is filet mignon?

Filet mignon is an expensive tender cut of beef

Answer: Filet mignon is considered the king of steaks because of its tender, melt in the mouth texture. A prime filet mignon can literally be cut with a fork. This beef cut can be quite expensive when dining out, but much more reasonable to make at home, especially if you purchase a whole tenderloin.

Filet mignon is French, of course, with filet meaning “thick slice” and mignon meaning “dainty.” It first appears in American print in 1899. Filet mignon comes from the small end of the tenderloin (called the short loin) which is found on the back rib cage of the animal. This area of the animal is not weight-bearing, thus the connective tissue is not toughened by exercise resulting in extremely tender meat.

The tenderloin term (also erroneously called chateaubriand) applies to the entire strip of tenderloin meat, whereas slices of the tenderloin are termed filet mignon. Filet mignon slices found in the market are generally 1 to 2 inches thick and 2 to 3 inches in diameter, but true mignons are no more than 1 inch in diameter and are taken from the tail end. Although this cut is very tender, the beef flavor is proportionately lessened. As such, it is often served with an accompanying sauce incorporating the pan juices.

Ingredients

  • 1 or 4 Filets depending on how many you are serving about 1 ½ to 2” thick
  • 1 small or medium sweet onion sliced very thin
  • Button mushrooms
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil

How

Season the steaks with salt and pepper and bring to room temperature.

Slice the onion very thin.

Preheat oven to 4250 rack in center.

Heat the oil over medium heat in an oven proof pan.

Sear the steaks for about 5 minutes.

Turn and place the pan in oven for about 7 minutes.

Remove cover very loosely with tin foil and let set for 5 minutes before serving.

Either the mushrooms or onions are optional but we like them.

Meanwhile sauté in butter, half the onion, garlic and mushrooms to be used as side.

In another pan heat the vegetable oil until simmering and add a little at a time some of the remaining onions, the goal is to crisp. I will be honest here I have only been successful in crisping the onions to my liking once or twice but they always are a good topper for the steak. If anyone can share how to do it let me know. Thanks

     

This is always a 2 head bobbing up and down from Lyn and Steve.

 

Some other recipes from Stevesacooking.com

Flank Steak Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Red Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onions

Herb Rubbed Flank Steak

 

Pork Kebab with Orange and Thyme

Summer time brings out the grill, although I grill all year round, and kabob are always fun. Swords filled with veggies, meats, chicken, and fish grilled to perfection and then piled high on the plate on maybe a bed of rice pilaf. This one is my wife’s favorite and she is mine so I post this among the first of my post. Fish, beef, pork, chicken vegetable give me a skewer and I can make a kabob that is worth eating.

Pork Kebab with Orange and Thyme

Prep easy about 10 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, plus 1 tablespoon freshly grated zest, and orange wedges for garnish
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 to 6 skewers wood or metal – Remember if using wood skewers soak them first to prevent them from burning right up.

How

1. Whisk together orange juice and zest, garlic, thyme, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until blended well. Add pork and coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let pork marinate about 20 minutes at room temperature.

2. Heat the grill medium-hot. Thread 5 or 6 cubes of pork onto each of the skewers; season with salt and pepper. Discard marinade. Grill pork, turning occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 12 minutes.

Serve on a bed of rice or rice pilaf with a side salad. I also like to make a few veggie kabob with red,yellow, orange bell peppers, mushroom., onions, zucchini etc.

Options : You could use chicken or lamb