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Pressure-Cooked Beef Stew

 Pressure-Cooked Beef Stew
"I like to serve this twist on traditional stew with fresh rolls on crusty bread," tells Joanne Wright of Niles, Michigan. "The roast and vegetables cook quickly and make a comforting meal."
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, halved widthwise
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions

  • In a pressure cooker, brown roast in oil on all sides. Remove roast.
  • Add cooking rack; place roast on rack. Add 4 cups of water. Close
  • cover securely; place pressure regulator on vent pipe. Bring cooker
  • to full pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook
  • for 40 minutes. (Pressure regulator should maintain a slow steady
  • rocking motion; adjust heat if needed.)
  • Remove from the heat; allow pressure to drop on its own. Remove meat
  • and keep warm. Pour pan juices into a bowl; skim fat. Remove rack
  • from cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, salt, pepper,
  • thyme, bay leaves, pan juices and remaining water to cooker. Cover

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Pressure-Cooked Beef Stew (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • securely; return cooker to full pressure. Reduce heat; cook for 8
  • minutes.
  • Immediately cool according to manufacturer's directions until
  • pressure is completely reduced. With a slotted spoon, remove
  • vegetables and keep warm. Discard bay leaves. Combine cornstarch and
  • cold water until smooth; stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook
  • and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with beef and
  • vegetables. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 566 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 391 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 36 g protein.