A hot, steaming bowl of this Instant Pot meat and potatoes beef stew is just what you need on an icy cold day! Tough beef that typically requires hours of cooking quickly becomes fork tender in the Instant Pot, and red potatoes make it super satisfying…
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Were you one of the thousands upon thousands that ordered a new Instant Pot on Black Friday? And if so, have you actually USED it yet? I know they can be more than a little overwhelming with all of those buttons and functions. I get it — I was even an experienced stovetop pressure cooker user when I got mine, and the Instant Pot still intimidated me…
If this is you, too, I have some advice for you. First, don’t worry about all of the specialized functions and buttons at first. Try a simple and easy to follow recipe, like these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. In this “recipe”, I walk you step-by-step through using your Instant Pot to make hard cooked eggs that have perfect creamy and yellow centers. It’s great for getting acquainted with your new Instant Pot, and you’ll be amazed at how easily pressure cooked eggs peel!
How To Instant Pot
Second, pick up a copy of How To Instant Pot by Daniel Shumski! I’ve had the pleasure of previewing several new release cookbooks focused on cooking with your Instant Pot, and this is by far the best I’ve seen. It’s filled with approachable and practical recipes with clear instructions that will help you master your Instant Pot in no time.
I love how each recipe is presented as a base recipe (called the Master Method) and is then followed by variations on that base, along with tips and suggestions for how to customize it further. How To Instant Pot isn’t just your average cookbook filled with recipes — it actually teaches you how to cook by customizing and create your own recipes!
How To Instant Pot is smartly organized by function, with recipes for not only using your Instant Pot as a pressure cooker, but demonstrating how you can also use it as a slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, and a steamer. I actually have yet to use mine as a rice or yogurt maker, so I’m really looking forward to trying those methods myself.
Instant Pot Meat and Potatoes Beef Stew
Our weather has definitely taken a turn for the colder, which always has me craving comfort food. So I pulled out my How To Instant Pot cookbook yesterday and made the Meat and Potatoes Beef Stew — and it was fabulous! When it comes to tough cuts of beef, you simply won’t believe the magic that happens in the Instant Pot. Stew beef turns out fork-tender in far less time than traditional beef stew recipes.
I do feel like a good deal of the prep work could have been cut out of this recipe. There’s a lot of separately sautéing and removing the onions and beef, where I would typically just sauté everything together at once. I’ve provided the recipe as written in the cookbook, but just know that you may be able to condense some of the initial steps to save time.
PRO TIP: This recipe makes about 6 servings as written. Stretch it further by serving it over rice or cooked egg noodles!