Some recipes turn out amazing in the pressure cooker. Some recipes made in the pressure cooker taste delicious, and look so ugly. Such is the case with this Pressure Cooker Beef Stew. Y’all it is so good, but it is kind of ugly. It’s the potatoes. You CANNOT cook beef chunks and potatoes at the same time in the pressure cooker and have the potatoes hold up perfectly. Either your potatoes fall apart or you have tough meat. I prefer tender beef. Those photos you will see online showing the beef stew in a pressure cooker where everything looks perfect are a LIE. Just saying..
So, start by chopping your veggies.
The potatoes…and a grown out nail job.
You can buy stew meat if you prefer, but I always think it way less expensive to buy a roast and cut it out. If you don’t have that time, certainly by the stew meat! I cut my beef chunks into smaller pieces than I normally would, and my potatoes into bigger chunks than I usually would as well.
Brown your meat in the pressure cooker. I would usually like to do this in small batches, but didn’t feel like taking the time this particular night as I was busy. So, add in a little oil to pressure cooker once it is heated on brown or saute.
Add you beef.
Salt and pepper the beef while it is cooking.
Once it has browned for about 5-10 minutes, add in onions.
Next up is all the seasonings. I love using tomato paste here as it adds a nice depth of flavor!
Worcestershire is also a must!
Bay leaves too.
Then you can use water or beef stock. Sometimes I use beef stock, but also use water if everything is seasoned as it should be.
You will notice the potato chunks are really big. They need to be to hold up!
I threw in whole baby carrots for the same reason.
Seal the pressure cooker and make sure it is set to pressure.
It cooks pretty quick, then do the quick release. Remember the steam is really hot!! Open with caution. I like to use my long tongs, it keep me a good, safe distance away.
Pour in a little cornstarch slurry to thicken. Mix very, very carefully. You don’t want to break up the potatoes.
And here is the final product. While it isn’t totally ugly, it isn’t that pretty either :). Let me tell you what though, it is delicious!!
Just what my meat and potatoes family loves!
This is best served with a good hearty bread!
This is photo of what it actually looks like. You can trust me here! 🙂
Thick, hearty and flavorful is a great way to describe this stew.