This delicious pressure cooker beef stew is pretty easy to prepare. However, if you haven’t used a pressure cooker before, you can feel a bit overwhelmed at first. Not to worry, with a little practice you will be frequenting the use of your pressure cooker more and more. You will be amazed at how fast you can get long cooking foods to the table and how juicy and tasty they will be.
When preparing beef stew or even a roast, you would normally cook it on a Sunday or a holiday, when you have more time. But with an electric pressure cooker, you can have beef stew or any long cooking food any night of the week.
We all know how long it takes to make a savory beef stew. In the crock pot it takes hours of cooking time. On the stove top, at least 2 1/2 hours cooking time. But, pressure cooker stew, on the other hand, requires only about 20 minutes cooking time.
Most electric pressure cookers today have a brown or saute and a steam mode, with a high and low button. To saute any vegetables or meat prior to pressure cooking, you use the cooker in brown or saute mode. When it is time for pressure cooking, you use steam mode and the button to select high or low pressure. Of course, all cookers are different and you know how to use your particular pressure cooker better than I do. So you can work your magic by referring to your owner manual instructions for proper setting of your cooker.
My family really loves this simple pressure cooker beef stew and I hope you and your family will too.
PRESSURE COOKER BEEF STEW
- 2 tbs canola or olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 shallots thinly sliced
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed but left whole
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 carrots, chopped in bite size pieces
- 1 1/2lbs of beef stew meat or beef round steak cut in 2 inch cubes
- 1 cup beef broth or 1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup of water
- 1 14.5 oz stewed tomatoes
- 4 medium-size potatoes cut into bite size pieces
- 2 tbl red wine vinegar
- In pressure cooker, heat oil on high. Add onions, shallots, garlic, bay leaves, carrots and meat. Saute for 1 minute. Add broth and tomatoes. Stir to combine. Secure lid and set pressure to high for 12 minutes.
- Carefully release pressure of your cooker according to manufacturer’s directions in product manual. Add potatoes and vinegar. Stir to mix. Secure lid. Set pressure to high for 6 more minutes. Once again, release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve with a green salad and crusty french or sourdough bread.