Thicker Instant Pot Beef Stew

Thicker Instant Pot Beef Stew

It was a cold day and the skies were threatening snow we were off to the grocery store and my stomach spoke up Beef…. Beef Stew. I wanted a stew that was thicker than the other Instant pot stew I made and this one looked good, so good I’m using their finished picture. It came out just like my mind’s eye had pictured full of flavor and the veggies cooked perfectly. The only thing I did was substitute some red wine for the sherry also had pre-cut stew meat. The extra effort and time was well worth it!

They said and I agree:

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Beef Stew Because:

  • Easy to make
  • Cut short half the cooking time comparing to cooking on stovetop
  • Huge flavors – packed with *umami!
  • Soul-satisfying, cozy comfort food
  • Healthy – packed with earthy root vegetables
  • Tenderized, juicy, moist beef in hearty thick sauce full of body & texture

Instant Pot Beef Stew are Great for:

  • Cold weather
  • When you’re craving for a filling & comforting meal
  • Dinner parties
  • Holiday meals

*Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as brothy or meaty. People taste umamithrough taste receptors specific to glutamate.

INSTANT POT BEEF STEW

Classic American Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe: Make this soul-satisfying beef stew. Tender & moist pressure cooker chuck roast immersed in a rich, hearty, umami sauce.

Author: Amy + Jacky | Pressure Cook Recipes
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Stew, Vegetables, Easy
Cuisine: American

  PREP: 10 MINS |  COOK: 110 MINS |  TOTAL: 2 HRS
SERVING: 2 – 4

  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds (1001g) USDA Choice Grade Chuck Steak (Canada AAA Grade Blade Steak), 1.5 inch in thickness – I bought precut stew meat.
  • 3 medium garlic cloves (15g), crushed and minced
  • 12 white mushrooms (150g), thinly sliced
  • 2 small onions (214g), thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks (150g), cut in 1 ½ inch (4cm) chunks
  • 2 medium carrots (200g), cut in 1 ½ inch (4cm) chunks
  • 3 – 4 small Yukon gold potatoes (365g), quartered
  • ½ cup (65g) frozen peas
  • ¼ cup (63ml) of sherry wine – I used Juxtapoz red wine instead that I had opened.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.35g) dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) flour
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

 

Chicken Stock Mixture

  • 1 ½ cup (375ml) unsalted homemade chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons (50ml) tomato paste

 

Note:

One batch of vegetables stayed in the pot to enhance flavor and acts as a natural thickener for the beef stew.

The other batch of vegetables was set aside and added back into the beef stew afterwards. This adds texture for the overall dish.

 

How

  1. Prepare the Pressure Cooker:Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function) over medium high heat. Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  2. Brown Chuck Steak:Note: I had already cut up pieces but browned the same way except season all sides first.
  3. Season one side of the chuck steak generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat the oil over whole bottom of the pot. Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steak in pressure cooker. Generously season the other side with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brown for 6 – 8 minutes on each side without constantly flipping the steak. Remove and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Make Chicken Stock Mixture:While the chuck steak is browning in pressure cooker, mix 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon (15ml) fish sauce, 3 tablespoons (50ml) tomato paste with 1 ½ cup (375ml) unsalted homemade chicken stock.
  5. Sauté the Mushrooms:Add sliced mushrooms in pressure cooker. Sauté until all moisture from the mushrooms have evaporated and the edges are slightly crisped & browned. Roughly 6 minutes. Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper if necessary. Remove and set aside.

Their picture was better than mine.

  1. Sauté the Vegetables:Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil in pressure cooker if necessary. Add thinly sliced small onions and sauté until soften and slightly browned. Add minced garlic cloves and stir for roughly 30 seconds until fragrant. Add all celery chunks, carrots chunks and sauté until slightly browned. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper if necessary.
  2. Deglaze: Pour in ¼ cup (63 ml) sherry wine and completely deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Let the sherry wine reduce to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate.
  3. Pressure Cook the Vegetables:Add 2 bay leaves, ¼ tsp (0.35g) dried thyme, quartered potatoes, and chicken stock mixture in the pot. Mix well. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes and Quick Release. Open the lid.
  4. Cut the Chuck Steak:While the vegetables are pressure cooking. Cut the chuck steak into 1.5 inch – 2 inches stew cubes on a large chopping board. Place all chuck stew meat and the flavorful meat juice back in the large mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon (8g) flour in mixing bowl and mix well with the stew meat. Don’t worry, your pressure cooker can get up to pressure with a small amount of flour.
  5. Pressure Cook the Beef Stew:Remove half of the carrots, celery, potatoes from pressure cooker and set aside. Place beef stew meat and all its juice in the pressure cooker. Partially submerge the beef stew meat in the liquid without stirring, as you don’t want too much flour in the liquid at this point. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
  6. Thicken Beef Stew and Add Vegetables:On medium heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button), breakdown the mushy potatoes and carrots with a wooden spoon. Stir to thicken the stew. Add frozen peas, sautéed mushrooms, and the set aside carrots, celery and potatoes in the pot. Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper if necessary. We added 2 pinches of kosher salt.
  7. Serve:Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta or your favorite starch.

Doesn’t their picture look so good?

I did notice that leftovers required a little more liquid when reheating

 

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Beef Stew

  1. Why are we browning the chuck steak as a whole before cutting it up?
    Due to less surface area, browning the chuck steak as a whole will retain more moisture. Maillard reaction excels in dry and high heat environment, so the chuck steak will also brown faster and better when compared to cubed stew.

The caramelized flavors from browning is one of the secrets to a rich hearty beef stew.

  1. Can I use other beef cuts for this recipe?
    Chuck roast is one of the most suitable cuts for the pressure cooker. For optimal result, choose one that is well marbled! Beef Brisket is also a good choice, but it will take a longer time (~70 minutes).
  2. Can I skip the sauté steps and dump everything into the pressure cooker for this beef stew?
    Yes, you can dump everything into the pressure cooker and cook for 32 minutes. But if you want to up your beef stew game, give it some time and love.
  3. In Step 7 – Dried thyme:Release the flavor of dried thyme by scrubbing them against your fingers while adding them to the stew.
  4. In Step 9, why did we remove half of the carrots, celery, potatoes from the Instant Pot?
    We first perfectly cooked all the vegetables and separated them into 2 batches.

 

Instant Pot More Bean than Beef Chili

Instant Pot More Bean than Beef Chili

We have been dying to make chili for sometime now but just never seemed to get around to it. So yesterday we grabbed some ground sirloin, dried beans and diced tomatoes. One can was regular the other fire roasted, not sure if it was planned or just happen to get mixed up either way it works for me. We had read that you don’t have to soak the beans but the old ways stick in your head.  This morning Lyn got out of the shower and the smell of chili had risen to the second floor, ya I start my Sunday cooking early.

This was kind of a cook from the gut recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry pinto beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon Cumin powder
  • 2 can diced green Chiles
  • 2 cans diced tomato
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 glove garlic
  • 1 lb course ground sirloin
  • diced jalapeño to your liking.
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Instructions:

  • Brown ground chuck and allow to caramelize using Sautee mode.  Remove and drain
  • Deglaze pan with can of diced tomatoes.
  • Add meat,  beans and all other ingredients in Instantpot and set for Chili/ Beans
  • After first cycle in the beans setting check your seasonings then reset the Instantpot for the beans cycle again.
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Serve
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Instant Pot Boneless Turkey Breast

Again Lyn loves the white meat and I love Lyn so when we saw this nice little boneless turkey breast at Whole Foods we grabbed it.

I made a quick brine or smoked seat salt, some natural sugar that Lyn had in pantry and water let it sit for a few hours – I just guessed at this part.

Dried it off and browned all sides under Sautee setting.   I’m still getting used to it but I don’t like this setting don’t think it gets hot enough but you do get those brown bits on the bottom of the pan.

Remember is browning something make sure it has been patted dry or you’ll lower the temperature of the pan or just steam it.

I put the steam rake in and added a cup of broth then put the breast in.

Sealed it and pushed the poultry button.  ( Sorry I can’t remember if I added the time or not.

It came out pretty moist, tender and have to admit pretty good in fact I have some diced in my salad today.

 

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INSTANT POT LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

INSTANT POT LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

INSTANT POT LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

MARCH 17, 2015 BY PREDOMINANTLYPALEO

 

Ok I did not cook this melt in your mouth delicious entre, Lyn did and for the, as she put it, and it only took 15 minutes to cook. Man this was good especially where I am the thigh lover not as crazy about the breast meat, too dry for me although we do eat a fair amount. Also none of my pictures I borrowed Jennifer Robins.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, lard, or ghee
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup organic chicken broth or homemade
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (omit for AIP)
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine (omit for AIP)
  • 1 large lemon juiced (or more to taste)
  • 3-4 teaspoons (or more) arrowroot flour
  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto the saute feature and place in the diced onion and cooking fat
  2. Cook the onions for 5-10 minutes or until softened. You can also choose to cook until they start to brown
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the arrowroot flour and secure the lid on your Instant Pot
  4. Select the “Poultry” setting and make sure your steam valve is closed
  5. Allow cook time to complete, release steam valve to vent and then carefully remove lid
  6. At this point you may thicken your sauce by making a slurry. To do this remove about 1/4 cup sauce from the pot, add in the arrowroot flour, and then reintroduce the slurry into the remaining liquid
  7. Stir and serve right away. This also reheats well as leftovers

garlic lemon chicken

Instant Pot – Apple Cider Pork Center Cut Roast or Pork Loin

Center cut Pork roast

Center cut Pork roast

Lyn got a new toy and I have to say at first I figured it was going to be one on those use a couple of times and put on the top shelf. Well I kind of like it and have cooked a few things here is the 3rd thing we tried in our new Instant Pot.

Oh, I found a great cooking time chart: http://instantpot.com/cooking-time/ of course depending on the weight the times might be slightly different. Below called for 20 minutes but I had ½ pound more so I added a couple of minutes.(just a guess)

Anyway this was great as was pretty much everything else I made will post later.

 

Ingredients

  • 2.5  pound  Center Cut Pork Loin – more of a center cut pork loin raost
  • 2  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 2  cup  Hard Cider (can use regualr cider if you want)
  • 1  Medium onion, sliced
  • 2  Apples, cored and sliced
  • 1  tablespoon  Sea Salt
  • 1  tablespoon  Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  Minced dry onion

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Directions

  1. Season the pork loin with salt, pepper and minced dry onions.
  2. Place the inner pot in the cooker. Place the olive oil in the inner pot. Press Sautee button sear the pork loin on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté the onions.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and the pork loin.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to closed.
  6. Press the CANCEL button.
  7. Press the meat button and then TIME ADJUSTMENT to 22 minutes.
  8. Once the timer reaches 0, the cooker will automatically switch to KEEP WARM. Press the CANCEL Button. Switch the pressure release valve to open. When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.
  9. I placed the fat side up under broiler to crisp the fat a little, ended up cutting the fat off it was a big chunk.
  10. Let’s Eat!

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Instant Pot

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