Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew
This is a great comforting stew that is perfect for those cold/gloomy Autumn and Winter days. It has simple ingredients and can be on the table in about an hour.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 1 Tbspgrapeseed oil, or other non-flavored variety

  • 1 Tbspsweet butter, unsalted

  • 2 lbbeef roast, diced into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 mediumyellow onion, sliced into half rounds

  • 3 Tbsptomato paste

  • 3 cbeef stock, not broth

  • 14 ozdiced tomatoes, 1 can, with liquid

  • 2 Tbspdried parsley flakes

  • 1 tspcelery salt

  • 1 1/2 lbpotatoes, washed & quartered

  • ·salt, kosher variety, to taste

  • ·white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • THE SLURRY

  • 3 Tbspflour, all-purpose variety

  • 3 Tbspfiltered water

  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • ·nice crusty bread

  • ·sour cream

  • ·some nice tall cold ones

  • ·family and great conversations

How to Make Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

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    PREP/PREPARE

  2. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    You will need a pressure cooker/instant pot, to make this recipe.

  3. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    I like to use diced, not crushed tomatoes for this recipe. I find that crushed just melt into the sauce during cooking process; while diced hold up better.

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    The Roast
    Since we are using a pressure cooker, most cuts of beef should work well. In this recipe I choose a chuck roast, but next time I am going to use a bottom round.

    The Potatoes
    I find that red and golden varieties work well in pressure cooking, but if all you have is russets… chuck ‘em in.

    Peeling is always optional.

  5. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    If you are using an instant pot, you can brown the beef, and cook the onions, using the sauté setting, and make this a one-pot meal

    I prefer to do those steps in a separate pan/pot, but that is just me.

  6. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).

  7. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Dice the beef, then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.

  8. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Add the oil and butter to a skillet, or heavy-bottom pot, over medium-to-medium-high heat.

  9. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    When the butter melts, swirl the pan to mix it with the oil, and begin adding the beef in small batches to brown, about 5 minutes per batch.

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    If the pan begins to go dry, add a bit more oil, as needed.

  11. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Transfer the beef to the bowl of your pressure cooker/instant pot.

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    Reduce the heat to medium and add the sliced onions (plus a bit more oil, if needed).

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    Cook until softened, 3 – 4 minutes.

  14. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Add the tomato paste and mix into the onions.

  15. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Add about 1/4 cup of the beef stock to the pan and deglaze by scraping about with a wooden spoon. Then, pour it into the pressure cooker.

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    Add the remaining beef stock, diced tomatoes, parsley, and celery salt to the pressure-cooker bowl.

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    Give the mixture a stir, lock down the lid, set the cooker to high, and cook for 12 minutes.

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    After the 12 minutes, let the cooker sit for about 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.

  19. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Add the quartered potatoes, lock the lid down, set the cooker to high, and cook for 5 minutes.

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    After the 5 minutes, let the cooker sit for about 5 minutes, and the release the remaining pressure.

  21. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Check to see if the beef is tender, and the potatoes cooked through, and do a final tasting for proper seasoning

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    PLATE/PRESENT

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    Serve in bowls with some crusty bread and good conversations. Enjoy.

  24. Cooking Under Pressure: Comforting Beef Tater Stew

    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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