One of my favorite fall or winter meals is beef stew or boeuf bourguignon, but I do not always have 5 hours to have it cook low and slow in the oven. This is my recipe converted for use in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
INSTANT POT BOEUF BOURGUIGNON
800 g Beef, cubed
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
4-6 Carrots, sliced
50 g Tomato Paste
500 ml Beef Broth
400 ml Bordeaux (or another full-bodied young red)
4-6 cloves Garlic, minced
1/3 cup Flour
Bay Leaf, dried
EVOO (as needed)
Butter (as needed)
Pat the meat dry for it will not brown properly if damp.
Add equal parts butter (~50 g) and EVOO (~50 ml) to the pan. Heat until melted and butter is foaming.
Take a few pieces at a time and brown them on all sides. Be sure not to crowd the pan. Remove meat and set aside in a large heat resistant bowl.
In the same oil, adding more if needed, sauté the slices carrots and onions until onions are translucent. Remove vegetables and set aside.
Using 200 ml (~1 cup) of the red wine, deglaze the pan scraping the bottom well to remove any build up. Pour this liquid with all of the scrapings into the instant pot. Wipe but do not wash pan and set aside to cook the mushrooms.
You can do all of this prep in the Instant Pot on "sauté - high" but for the best results I like to use my heavy bottom skillet or cast iron dutch oven.
Pour the reaming wine, beef broth, garlic, tomato paste, and any drippings from the resting meat in to the Instant Pot and bring to a boil using the sauté feature. Cook for about 10 minutes.
While the sauce is cooking, dredge the meat in the flour, salt and pepper until well coated.
Add in the browned/floured meat and sautéed vegetables to the Instant Pot. Leave the extra flour in the bottom of the bowl.
Take a ladle or two of the sauce from the Instant Pot and add it to the remaining flour at the bottom of the bowl that held the meat. Whisk until smooth and then add it to the Instant Pot and give it all one good stir.
Close and seal lid. Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook and cook for 35 minutes with a 10 minute NPR.
While the meat and vegetables are cooking in the Instant Pot, sauté the mushrooms in butter and EVOO using the same pan from earlier. For best results, the mushrooms should be dry, the butter very hot, and do not crowd the pan. Keep adding butter and EVOO as needed to fry each batch of mushrooms.
Once the Instant Pot is done with its NPR, carefully removed the lid and add the mushrooms.
Keep on warm until ready to serve.