For me, making beef stew in a pressure cooker has always been the best method, beating out even the crock pot. The meat is so very tender and soft, and these simple ingredients are all you need for a great beef stew. I’ve made it this way for years in a pressure cooker. It only takes a few minutes to prep the ingredients and 11 minutes of cook time.
If you never tried a pressure cooker, you should! I have used my first Presto pressure cooker since the 1970’s and only recently upgraded to a new one which is even easier to use. These directions are for my Presto Pressure Cooker, so if you use a pressure cooker that is not Presto, always use the directions that came with your particular pressure cooker. There is nothing to fear with pressure cookers; they are really are so easy to use, just carefully follow your pressure cooker’s directions on how to use it!
The bay leaves are important in this recipe; without them, it is not the same. I have included the recipe for dumplings made with Bisquik.
This is so good that we eat this delicious beef stew not only in winter, but in the summertime as well! Enjoy!
1poundbeef chuck pot roast,cut into chunks
2largeonions, cut into chunks
5carrots, cut into chunks
STEW: 1. Place the beef chunks, water, and onions in the pressure cooker. Secure the cover according to your pressure cooker directions and cook on the stove for 8 minutes after the correct pressure has been reached, which only takes a few minutes. For my Presto pressure cooker I start on highest heat until I hear the steam, then I reduce the heat to very low and start the timer for 8 minutes. You should hear a slow, steady flow of steam for 8 minutes. 2. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and cool it at once by putting it into the sink and running cold water over the cover. Wait for the pressure knob to lower. You will hear and see the pressure knob lower. 3. Remove the cover and add the potatoes, carrots, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves. 4. Secure the cover, and place on the stove over the highest heat. When you hear the steam, reduce the heat to very low and start the timer for 3 minutes. 5. Cool the pressure cooker at once by putting it into the sink and running cold water over the cover. Wait for the pressure knob to lower. You will hear and see the pressure knob lower. 6.Remove the cover. 7. THICKENING: In a plastic 8 oz. cup, stir the water and flour together to form a paste and pour it into a small sieve and add to the stew to thicken it. Gently stir the stew. (Discard the plastic cup, easy!) 8. DUMPLINGS: In a medium bowl, mix the Bisquik mix and milk together. Bring the stew to a gentle boil on top of the stove. Drop spoonfuls of the dumplings mixture on top of the boiling stew and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover, and cook for 10 minutes more.
Beef Stew Servings Per Recipe: 5 Amount Per Serving Calories: 569 Calories from Fat: 242
% Daily Value * Total Fat 24g 37% Saturated Fat 9g 45% Cholesterol 95mg 32% Sodium 1344mg 56% Total Carbohydrates 48g 16% Dietary Fiber 5g 19% Protein 32g 59% Sugars 3g Vitamin A 339% Vitamin C 31% Calcium 9% Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.