One of the first things I made in my pressure cooker was beef stew, but it was extremely simple (probably TOO simple), and I felt like it was missing something. I decided to try again tonight, and the result was amazing. This is by far the best beef stew I've ever made. Everything was tender, the flavors blended really well, and since it's cooked in the pressure cooker, it didn't take long at all. The only problem I had was that I slightly overfilled the pressure cooker (past the fill line) because I was too lazy to move everything to the bigger pot I had, so it sprayed a tiny bit of the juice/gravy/sauce out when I released the steam. Not a huge amount, just enough to remind me not to be lazy next time.
- 1½-2 pounds stew beef
- 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 pounds red potatoes, chopped
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken or beef stock
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil, separated
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon corn starch
- In pressure cooker pot, mix 2 tablespoons oil and butter. Heat over medium-high heat until butter is melted, then add mushrooms.
- Cook until mushrooms start to release their water and brown, about 8 minutes.
- Add onions, and cook until onions are transluscent. Put onions and mushrooms in a bowl and set aside.
- Add remaining oil and brown the beef on all sides.
- Add stock and scrape the bottom, getting all browned bits.
- Return onions and mushrooms to the pot, and add all remaining ingredients except for corn starch. Stir and cover.
- Bring to high pressure (15 psi), lower heat to just maintain pressure, and cook for 9 minutes.
- Release pressure and remove lid. Mix corn starch with 2 tablespoons of cold water, then add to pot. Stir well and cook over medium-high heat until sauce starts to thicken.
If you don't have a pressure cooker, you could do this in a slow cooker as well, it would just take several hours of cooking instead of a few minutes. Picture was taken with my phone instead of my normal camera!