There are so many factors that determine what we eat in my house. Pleasing everyone is extremely difficult to do when I have two meat eating males in the house and one vegan who won’t even look at meat. For the most part, I’m happy to go along with either diet as long as it tastes good. Even though I grew up eating red meat almost daily, I find that with the cost of beef and the time it takes to prepare a decent meat based dinner really dissuades me from cooking with red meat on a regular basis. Chickpeas are much cheaper than beef these days…
Still, there are times when I crave a perfectly grilled steak or comforting stew and I head on down to the store to buy some premium Alberta beef. Steaks are now reserved for special occasions only, while cheaper cuts like short ribs, mince, and stew meat. Generally, the cheaper the cut of beef, the longer cooking time it will need to turn into a tasty, edible dish. As a busy mom, time is not always on my side…I usually have several appointments during the day which means making meals within the carved out little chunks of home time. This is where the Instant Pot comes in so handy! I’ve already posted my first Instant Pot made meal for Pork Medallions with Herbs and Mushrooms and it was so well read that I decided to post more of my Instant Pot experiments with you all. From the comments, I feel like I may have sold several Instant Pots and now I’m kicking myself for not being an Amazon.ca affiliate!
This recipe began as a beef stew, but ended up as a ‘clean out the pantry/fridge’ mish mash. There were ‘elder’ cipollini onions in the pantry which was hanging out with a semi funky rutabaga. Also, I would really like to know who put two slices of cooked bacon in the fridge! It was probably me. I added bourbon because I thought it would highlight the sweetness of the rutabaga and other root vegetables and it was a nice change from the usual splash of red wine.
Instant Pot Beef Stew with Bourbon and Root Vegetables
- 2 lbs/approx 1 kg. Stewing Beef
- 2 slices cooked bacon; crumbled
- 1/2 cup Flour
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive Oil
- 1 medium rutabaga; peeled and cut into 2 cm dice
- 4 carrots; peeled and cut into 2 cm dice
- 1 cup small cipollini onions; peeled or 1 medium onion peeled and roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic; minced
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- bunch of fresh thyme
- bunch of fresh rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Combine flour with salt and pepper on a plate.
- Pour 2 tbsp oil into the Instant Pot insert and turn on sauté.
- Dredge 1/3 stewing beef in the flour mixture and place in Instant Pot insert. Brown in batches, removing browned beef before starting the next batch. You can also use a separate stove top frying pan for this step.
- Remove all browned beef and add beef broth to insert/frying pan to deglaze. Scrape with a spatula to grab all the tasty bits.
- Add bourbon, garlic, tomato paste, 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, cipollini onions to deglazing pan. Leave to simmer for a few minutes, then transfer to the Instant Pot insert.
- Transfer beef to Instant Pot insert, wipe rim and fit lid on the Instant Pot, ensuring valve is set to ‘sealing’. On manual mode, set Instant Pot to ‘high pressure’ and add 10 minutes to the timer. After ten minutes, release the pressure and check the beef. If it isn’t tender, give it another ten under high pressure.
- Once the beef is tender, add the vegetables, bay leaves, and some extra herbs and cook on low pressure for 12 minutes. Release the pressure and check to make sure the vegetables are cooked through.