The original recipe comes from my Pressured Cook cookbook, however I've made modifications. It can be prepared in a pressure cooker, crock pot or on the stove top. The key is to use good quality beef and cook until it is 'meltingly' tender. Also don't take any shortcuts. . . follow the directions and brown the meat properly, it really does intensify the flavor. If you are planning to freeze a portion of this stew, cook only the amount of potatoes you need for immediate use, they don't freeze well. Passive work time is calculated using a pressure cooker. Additional time needed for crock pot or stove top preparation. UPDATE: Recently made in the crock-pot and instead of putting the potatoes and carrots in with the meat, I tossed them with about a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkled with thyme and wrapped in aluminum foil; placed on top of the meat in the crock-pot. About an hour before serving, stirred the veggies into the stew.
- 29.58-44.37 ml vegetable oil
- 680.38 g beef, cut into 1 inch pieces well trimmed
- 29.58 ml flour
- 2.46 ml salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 large onion, cut into wedges
- 44.37 ml tomato paste
- 78.07 ml dry red wine (optional)
- 473.18 ml beef or 473.18 ml vegetable broth
- 14.79 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 2 large bay leaves
- 4.92 ml dried thyme leaves (to taste)
- 5 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
- 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
- 2 stalk celery, sliced
- To flour mix in salt and pepper.
- Dredge beef cubes in flour mixture.
- In large pan add oil and brown beef.
- Remove beef to pressure cooker (or crock pot).
- Add additional oil if required and saute onions for 1 minute.
- Stir in tomato paste and broth to deglaze pan.
- Add the wine (if using) and cook another 30 seconds.
- Add Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and pour over beef.
- Pressure Cooker:.
- Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure.
- Reduce heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 30 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to come down naturally (about 15 minutes).
- Remove the lid and test beef, if not sufficiently tender, return to high pressure for an additional 5 minutes. Again, let the pressure come down naturally.
- Stir in garlic, thyme, potatoes, celery and place carrots on the top.
- Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure. Reduce the heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 5 minutes.
- Quick-release the pressure.
- If vegetables are not sufficiently tender, set the lid in place and allow them to steam in the residual heat, another minute or two.
- If you would like a thicker gravy, mash a few pieces of potato against the side of the cooker and stir into the stew.
- Crock pot:.
- Place beef, liquids and remaining ingredients in the crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low 12 hours or on high 5 to 6 hours or until tender.
- Serve with fresh biscuits!