3/26/12

2 All Day Beef Stew = 90 Min. Beef Stew


I tried this recipe on the same day as the Grammy's Texas Sheet cake and immediately had to find the recipe.  Rich, creamy, and full of flavor, it paired perfectly with my Italian bread bowls that day and couldn't get enough of this stew.

The weather here in Utah has been crazy.  One day it feels like spring, the next day, we are getting wet snow showers. What do you do when family members are sick and you don't feel like cooking?

You find an EASY recipe.  This one is it ~ all you have to do is brown your meat, peel and chop an onion, a couple of carrots and potatoes and dump some ingredients into a crock pot, wait 8-10 hours and you are done. 

Well, we were tired.  Starving.  Sick.  We needed an easy dinner in less than 2 hours.   Take out was not an option.


Why not try the pressure cooker? I thought to myself...

The recipe link at the bottom of the post includes directions for the oven, crock pot and pressure cooker.

I used a inexpensive chuck roast, cut it up and browned it in my pressure cooker.  I really like this feature.  See how the onions are picking up the flavorful, crusty, brown bits?


Add your soups.  Cream of Tomato, Cream of Celery and Golden Mushroom, only if you are using a crock pot.  If you are using a pressure cooker, only add one of these soups, with a 1/2 cup of water.

This pressure cooker has a safety feature:  if it is too full or has too much liquid, it will shut down (go to the warming feature). 






Pressure cook the meat and soup on High for 10 min. Quick release the pressure with a pair of tongs.


Add the veggies to the meat and pressure cook on High for 6 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally.

This is where my pressure cooker came to a full pressure and immediately went to the warming feature.  I left it alone until the pressure came down naturally on its own in about 20 minutes.


Add the last can(s) of soup, dry onion soup mix and any additional water, if necessary.


I am sure the crock pot method is easier, but I was thrilled to have a hot dinner on the table in under two hours.  The veggies were soft, not mushy, and the meat was very tender.  A very nice, last minute meal was enjoyed by everyone, including my sick hubby.


All Day Beef Stew
(4x6 recipe download)     (full page printable recipe)

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