Beef Stew! Another comforting dish, since Fall is here! This will bring you through the winter too 🙂
2 lbs beef stewing cubes
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp kosher sea salt
½ tsp pepper
Bouquet garni: Herbs wrapped in a cheesecloth and tied to secure.
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
½ small cinnamon stick (or omit altogether if you just want the classic beef stew flavour)
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp paprika
5 potatoes, cut into 2 ½ inch chunks or so
4 carrots, chopped into chunks
2 celery sticks, sliced
3 ½ cups chicken stock
½ cup red wine
1 tbsp worsestershire sauce
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp kosher sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ cup water (if needed to have ingredients covered)
3-4 tbsp cornstarch mixed with equal amount of water.
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley.
1.) Season beef with salt and pepper.
2.) Set instant pot to saute. Add oil, sear beef cubes in 2 batches on both sides until golden brown. (5-8 minutes)
3.) Remove beef to a plate and set aside.
4.) Add 1 tbsp more of oil (if needed) and add onions. Cook for around 2 minutes.
5.) Add carrots and celery. Saute for another couple of minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Stir well.
6.) Add beef (with accumulated juices) back in the pot, stir.
7.) Add the potatoes, and stir.
8.) Add the bouquet garni , the stock, wine and worsestershire sauce. Stir for 1 min.
9.) Season with the salt and pepper.
10.) If the veggies and meat are not covered adequately, add the extra water.
11.) Turn off instant pot.
12.) Cover the pot with lid and set to sealing.
13.) Press the meat/stew button.
14.) A couple of minutes after it’s done, release the pressure, moving valve to venting.
15.) After all the pressure has been released, remove the lid.
16.) Press the sauté button. Whisk the cornstarch mixture well and pour it into the stew. Stir, letting it bubble for 1 min or so, until desired thickness. Start with 3 tbsp cornstarch. If it’s not thick enough, do 1 more tbsp. If you don’t like it thickened at all, omit the cornstarch. If you want a little thickness, try 1-2 tbsp of cornstarch.
17.) Once it’s bubbled to the desired thickness, turn off the instant pot. Stir in the parsley. Enjoy!
Note: I ran out of butcher twine, so I couldn’t wrap the herbs in a cheesecloth (bouquet garni).
Also, cut the potatoes a little bigger than on the video, because they were falling apart tender. A little larger, they will still be tender, but stay in tact.