Classic Beef Stew

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of pressure cooking, of being able to put something in a pot and having it cook in a fraction of the time it normally would. What has always scared me away from it is hearing horror stories about exploding pressure cookers. Even though I had a pressure cooker, I never used it.

Anyway, more recently, I acquired an Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker with tons of safety features (double locking mechanism that doesn’t allow you to open the unit until the pressure drops to zero, etc.) And this pressure cooker truly is idiot-proof. You can brown in it, saute veggies, simmer, pressure cook, you name it. It’s so very simple. It’s just a matter of not filling it too high, making sure there’s a little liquid in there (3/4 cup will do for most things), and setting the timer for whatever you’re trying to make. It does everything else for you – brings it up to pressure, and then when the time is up you can either do a quick release of pressure (stand back, that steam is hot!) or let it depressurize naturally, during which it still continues to cook.

For our inagural use, we adapted slightly a recipe from the book that came with the unit. It was hands down the most tender, tastiest beef stew I’ve had in ages. And the smell when we opened it up? Divine. While the recipe directions are specifically for use with an electric pressure cooker, I’m sure the recipe can be further adapted to work with any pressure cooker. Also, the recipe calls for a buerre manie (butter-flour paste) to thicken the stew, but this did not work for us – we ended up using a traditional flour/water slurry and that did the trick. I’ll leave the original instructions intact for that part just in case it works better for you.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Classic Beef Stew
recipe adapted from Cuisinart CPC-600 Series Recipe Booklet

3 lbs. beef chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
Penzey’s Beef Roast Seasoning
2 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
1 c. dry red wine
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 bay leaf
3/4 c. beef broth
2 c. baby-cut carrots
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour

Season pieces of chuck roast with salt and pepper and beef roast seasoning and reserve. Place the olive oil in the cooking pot of the Cuisinart Electric Pressure cooker. Select Browning. When oil begins to sizzle, add pieces of chuck in a single layer – do not crowd. Continue browning meat in batches until all meat is browned. As meat is browned transfer to a plate. Select Saute. Stir the chopped onions into the pot. With a wooden spoon, scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan that have accumulated while meat was browning. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes, until onions start to soften and are translucent. Stir in the chopped carrots and celery. Saute vegetables for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chopped garlic and saute an additional minute.

Once vegetables are soft, stir in red wine, again scraping any brown bits that have accumulated on the bottom of the pot. Cook until red wine has reduced itself by half, then stir in the tomato paste.

Add the reserved beef, bay leaf, garlic cloves, and beef broth to the pot. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 10 minutes. When audible beep sounds use Quick Pressure Release to release pressure. When float valve drops, remove lid carefully, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Add carrots to the pot and select High Pressure. Set timer for 6 minutes. When audible beep sounds use Natural Pressure Release to relese pressure. When float valve drops, remove lid carefully, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse.

To thicken stew, strain the solids from the stew liquid, reserving both. Remove and discard bay leaf. Blend softened butter and flour to make a paste (buerre manie). Return liquid to pot and bring it to a boil by selecting Brown. Once liquid comes to a boil whisk in the butter/flour mixture. Select Simmer. Once liquid thickens, stir the meat and carrots back into the pot. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper accordingly.

Easy peasy. And the leftovers? The next day, I mixed them with some wagon wheel pasta which soaked up that delicious gravy beautifully, and will be my offering for this weeks Presto Pasta Night blogging event:

Beef Stew with Wagon Wheels

So if the only thing that’s holding you back from pressure cooking is the fear of explosion, never fear – today’s pressure cookers (even the non-electric ones) have safety features that make it much less risky than in days of yore. And the time savings? Amazing. I can’t wait to do other things with it as well.

5 thoughts on “Classic Beef Stew

  1. ターゲットによって導入された他のデジタル貯蓄プランは、ターゲットが11月27日に11月24日から延長するお得な情報を促進し、ストアから感謝し、特定かつ排他的なオファーの週を通じて選ばれた項目の割引を提供するためにコミットし、それを通してその車輪方式です。

  2. Nash Warren provided me with a level of service I have not received before by
    any other insurance coverage company I have actually handled.

  3. Bingo can be played with hundreds of players at a time.
    The racing genre is considered as a pioneer in the
    video gaming industry. Parents have always held concerns about modern activities corrupting their children, and video
    games have been a target since their inception, given the
    long hours kids can devote to them. And that’s because the limbic system, particularly the amygdala, is highly susceptible to the effects of kindling.

    Some people really don’t have it all mentally, and if that’s the case a movie, a song, the news or anything else that could have been encountered MAY be the trigger
    but not the link.

  4. Dubai offers you the very best offers for not only Direct air travels
    to Dubai but additionally Dubai trips from UK and also several various other countries in addition to
    economical resort prices as well as take a trip packages.

  5. Costs for extremely luxury yachts remain in the area of 8 to ten thousand Euros a day-but yachts this size
    are fully staffed with team as well as sleep between four as
    well as 6 couples, so the price of chartering is comparable to the cost of a
    collection at an incredibly luxury resort.

  6. Hello there I am so delighted I found your site, I really found you
    by accident, while I was browsing on Bing for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would
    just like to say many thanks for a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog (I
    also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute
    but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more,
    Please do keep up the awesome work.

  7. You reach catch the lush eco-friendly landscapes, volcano outcrops, as well as golden coastlines of the Indian Ocean during Kenya safari vacations.

  8. For those that want something different,
    the main emphasis at this high-end resort in Ibiza is all about comfort and also

  9. Include in these things like a fire place, an exclusive fitness center as well as usually a personal pool
    and you got the fundamental films of a lot of vacation home holidays.

  10. This stunning fivе celebrity hotel boasts a choice оf roomy beach аnd water vacation homes with a variety оf
    deluxe features аnd еvеn free of charge bicycles fоr уоu tо explore thе island оn. Children аrе wеll
    catered fоr with a range оf land аnd water sports, a committed KidsOnly club аs wеll аs a children’s оnlу swimming pool.

  11. Among one of the most sensational high-end travels you
    can take in Australia is to climb on board the Princess Cruises Oceanic

  12. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues?
    A number of my blog readers have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but look great in Chrome.
    Do you have any tips to help fix this problem?

  13. Hi there, just became awarre of your blog through Google, and
    found thatt it’s truly informative. I’m going to watch out
    for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *