I am dedicating some serious space the first part of this year for Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker friendly recipes. My feed is filled with people who got them as a gift for the holidays, so I am happy to throw some tried and true recipes out to get you started. Italian Style Beef Stew is made for the pressure cooker. Perfectly tender chunks of beef in a flavorful fired roasted tomato gravy. Ready in under one hour in the Instant Pot (or pressure cooker of your choice).
Now, if you haven’t joined the electric pressure cooker bandwagon, I don’t want to leave you out. So, you have instructions for the oven and for the slow cooker down below. I won’t leave you hanging. The truth is you can make anything on the stove or slow cooker that you can in the pressure cooker. Now, some of you may ask, well then why have one?
Instant Pot How I Love Thee- Let Me Count the Ways
I resisted the urge to purchase my Instant Pot for about a year. Then, my slow cooker died and opportunity knocked. I could replace my slow cooker and rice cooker and gain a pressure cooker all with one appliance. As a self-proclaimed neat freak, the lack of clutter left me giddy. It wasn’t until I began cooking with the Instant Pot that I appreciated the craze.
Although many recipes will advertise that something takes less than 10 minutes which usually takes 30 minutes, it’s important to factor in the time you need to come up to pressure. The clock doesn’t start counting until the pressure is built and this can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the amount of liquid. The beauty of this time is that you’re not fussing around with a bunch of pots and pans. If a child distracts you from dinner, you can have confidence that it will cook and then promptly shut off to the warm setting until you’re ready to eat.
You can also use this time to tidy up. I love to clean as I go, but if a recipe requires tending to, I am unable to do that. With my Instant Pot, I set it and forget it and can hop to cleaning. When dinner is over, we shove the dishes in the dishwasher and wash the pot out. Easy peasy. I went from using the Instant pot just a wee bit, to basically every day.
It takes some getting used to, but once you make some solid recipes, you’ll have the confidence to try some things on your own. You really can’t mess it up. Promise.
I hope you’ll start with this Italian Style Beef Stew. It really is so delicious and hearty. The perfect meal for chilly winter evenings.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, here’s the link to the one I have. It stays around under $100 on Amazon and I’ve found it to have plenty of function for my needs.