Last Sunday we had the most perfect January Sunday dinner. You can call it stew, but we prefer to call if Beef Bourguignon. It just sound a little more Sunday-ish with a good Julia Child title. I received a fun gift for my birthday this year from my mom. Actually she gave me money and I bought it. Thanks Mother-Dearest!! An electric pressure cooker. It's fantastic. I've made split pea soup in 1 hour, barbecue pork sandwiches in 1 hour 15 mins, and this beef stew in 1 hour and 15 mins. as well. Keep in mind this is from the time I pull a very frozen white package of meat out of my deep freeze to eating the tender, fall apart meat. It's a miracle! I'm hooked. I just followed the recipe that came with my new toy, and added a big scoop of garlic mashed potatoes in the middle of the bowl. Dinner was adored and it afforded me a nice little Sunday nap with the time I saved! Yeah!!!
In making the recipe you will notice the addition of some spirits. I have always felt if I'm going to add this then it might as well be on Sunday. Just kidding!!! I am totally kidding. Actually you can replace the wine with beef stock or even apple juice. If you do just add a little vinegar at the end. You'll like it. I didn't add any potatoes to my Beef Bourguignon since we were topping it with some mashed potatoes, but if you're not in the mood for dirtying a potato pot as well, just add some cubed potatoes with the other veggies. Some Great Harvest Asiago Sourdough bread goes fantastic with this stew as well. Sorry, that's my shameless plug for you to buy more bread:) Enjoy!
Classic Beef Stew (Courtesy of Cuisinart)
Makes 8 cups
(PS- if you don't have a pressure cooker just put it in your crock pot for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.)
3 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 11⁄2-to 2-inch pieces
fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup dry red wine (I have no idea what a "dry" wine means. They're all wet to me.)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf 3⁄4 cup beef broth (I never add bay. I hate them!)
2 cups baby-cut carrots
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup frozen peas
Season pieces of chuck roast with salt and pepper and reserve. Place the olive oil in the cooking pot of the CuisinartTM Electric Pressure Cooker. Select Browning. When oil begins to sizzle, add pieces of chuck in a single layer – do not crowd. Continue browning meat in batches until all meat is browned. As meat is browned transfer to a plate. Select Sauté. Stir the chopped onions into the pot. With a wooden spoon scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan that have accumulated while meat was browning. Sauté for 1 to minutes, until onions start to soften and are translucent. Stir in the carrots and celery. Sauté vegetables for about minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chopped garlic and Sauté for an additional minute.
Once vegetables are soft, stir in red wine, again scraping any brown bits that have accumulated on the bottom of the pot. Cook until red wine has reduced by half, then stir in the tomato paste.
Add the reserved beef, bay leaf, and beef broth to the pot. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 10 minutes. When audible beep sounds use Quick Pressure Release to release pressure. When float valve drops, remove lid carefully, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Add carrots to the pot and select High Pressure. Set timer for 6 minutes. When audible beep sounds use Natural Pressure Release to release pressure. When float valve drops, remove lid carefully, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse.
To thicken stew, strain the solids from the stew liquid, reserving both. Remove and discard bay leaf. Blend softened butter and flour to make a paste (buerre manié). Return liquid to pot and bring to a boil by selecting Brown. Once liquid comes to a bowl whisk in the butter/flour mixture. Select Simmer. Once liquid thickens, stir the meat and carrots back into the pot. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper accordingly. Just before serving, stir in peas.
Nutritional information per serving (11⁄2 cups): Calories 340 (32% from fat) • carb. 16g • pro. 35g •fat11g•sat.fat 4g•chol.103mg•sod.98mg • calc. 49mg • fiber 4g