Sunday, January 16, 2011

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Pot Roast



I am FINALLY getting the chance to really put my pressure cooker to work, and loving every minute of it! The new Pressure Cooker works like charm. The very first time I used it, I started to freak out just a little b/c it seemed to take FOREVER for the regulator to start to rock, and steam was coming out of the lid lock/air vent even though it was in the "up" postion. . . but after a few minutes of this it rattled into place, and then the regulator started rocking a few minutes later - YAY- Pressure Cooker Success #1!

I've cooked several meals in my pressure cooker over the last week or so, and every single one has turned out AWESOME!:

~Paleo-ized Chicken Cacciatori - A-Freaking-Mazing! (recipe coming in the next week :)

~Paleo-ized Chili (Mel's recipe w/ some revisions to cooking method and meat type)

~"Salsa Dancing Chicken" (stolen from the Everyday Paleo Website - YUM!!)

~Sweet Potatoes

~Beets

~. . .and lastly - a Pot Roast-esque Dish that turned out so good I had to force myself to stop eating it after one serving - I totally wanted to go back for more!

I can't keep this amazing discovery to myself - so here it is!

The backstory: I promised my hubby I'd cook him pot roast this weekend, but when I opened my box freezer to pull out one of my GF Roasts . .**Gasp!** . . .there were none to be found! I dug to the very bottom because I swear I still had at least one roast in there. . . but no such luck. So what's a girl to do? I couldn't bring myself to go a buy sub-par grain-fed roast, but I don't live in an area where you can just drive to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's and pick up a piece of GF Meat!

So I improvised - it's funny - I've noticed that some of my best creations have come out of improvisation when I'm out of something that I thought I had! I used 3 packages of GF Stew Meat instead of a roast (approx 3 lbs)

Then, as I was getting the veggies out to prep, I realized that I didn't have any sweet potatoes either! **Palm-Face** So I scoured my fridge to try to figure out something I could sub for the Sweet Potatoes. . .Brussel Sprouts to the rescue! So I ended up making an "odd" Pot Roast-esque dish with Stew Meat, Farmer's Market Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, & Celery - and I swear that it is the BEST "PotRoast" I have ever had in my entire life!

Please forgive me - I tend not to measure spices and such when I'm "creating". . .so the measurements below are my best estimates!

Pressure Cooker "Pot Roast-Esque Dish"

Ingredients:

3 lbs Grass Fed Stew Meat
2 Cups Organic Beef Broth (Read Label - make sure no "sneaky" sugar or gluten or soy)
1 Bunch Carrots (5-6 medium), cut into chunks
1 bag Fresh Brussel Sprouts (15-20?)
3-4 Stalks Celery
1 Large Vidalia Onion
6 Cloves Garlic (or less if you're not a big garlic fan
Cumin
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
2 Bay Leaves
Coconut Aminos (2 Tb?)
Olive Oil

Directions:

Prep Veggies - Cut Carrots, Celery, & Onions into good-sized chunks, mince garlic, halve brussel sprouts.

Pour Olive Oil in a large skillet, add Stew Meat, and sprinkle meat with Cumin, Sea Salt, and Pepper. Mix around really well so that spices cover all of the meat, and then lightly brown it (approx 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly).

While browning meat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes (until onions start to soften) in bottom of pressure cooker. Once the meat is slightly browned, toss it with the onions an the garlic in the pressure cooker. Add 2 Cups Beef Broth, 2 Tb Coconut Aminos, and 2 Bay Leaves.

Secure Lid and bring to pressure. Once Cooker builds pressure, start your timer, and cook for 17 minutes.

Release the pressure under running water, remove Pressure Cooker lid, Dump in veggies, stir, and replace lid.

Return Pressure Cooker to heat, & bring back up to pressure. Once Pressure is built, reduce heat to low (but make sure regulator is still rocking). Cook for an additional 7 Minutes.

Use the Quick Release Method once again, remove lid, and serve. If you're a softy like me, reserv the broth to sprinkle over your dog's food ;) If not, I recommend draining it - The meat and veggies wil be fall-apart tender with no need for additional "juice" :)

And yes - this one even managed to past the "picky hubby test" with a request for seconds!

2 comments:

Joshkie said...

That sounded awesome...
:-)

Ana B said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. I am trying it this afternoon with my new pressure cooker. A bit nervous that it might explode but so far, so good. And hoping it will pass the picky husband test. Fingers crossed.