Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef StewLast Christmas one of my daughters gifted me an Instant Pot Lux80.  (There it is in the box.) I have to admit it looked intimidating; took me almost a month before I took it out of the box, and only after watching videos and reading lots of internet articles.  Now what exactly is an Instant Pot you may ask.  The best answer would be that it’s a crockpot on steroids.  It can do just about everything a crockpot does but it does it faster.  That’s why it takes only 35 minutes to make Instant Pot Beef Stew!

35 minutes to make tender falling apart beef stew!  Yes I kid you not the actual cooking time for Instant Pot Beef Stew is 35 minutes!  And yes the meat, you can use even the least expensive cuts, are literally falling apart!  Ok, the actual time I spent making Instant Pot Beef Stew was closer to an hour, that included chopping, browning, AND cooking and venting.  So really dinner was ready in about an hour.  Sure beats cooking stew in your crockpot all day!

Can you tell yet what I first made in my handy dandy new gadget?  Yup, you got it I made Instant Pot Beef Stew!  And the best part is it doesn’t take a lot of planning.

When I made beef stew in my old crockpot I had to thaw out the beef the night before then get up early to chop veggies and brown the beef on the stove top.  I had to do all that before I could toss it all in the crockpot and press cook.  Now it wasn’t that big a deal, that is until I realized what my new Instant Pot could do!  I didn’t have to thaw meat the night before, I could actually toss semi-frozen meat in the pot if I wanted to!

instant pot beef stew

Did I mention that my Instant Pot Beef Stew turned out amazing?  My family raved about it!  In fact I had made a big pot – the model I have is 8 quarts – and we had the left overs for dinner the next day!  So without further ado here’s my recipe!  Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Ingredients:

3 Lbs. Beef Cut into 1″ cubes – you can use any cut of beef you want, I usually use a chuck roast

2 Tbs.  Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Large Onion Cut in large pieces

2 Cups Baby Carrots

2 Cups Baby Potato Medley

2 Cups Celery Cut in large pieces

3 Cups Beef Broth

1 Cup Tomato Sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 Cup Corn Starch

1/4 Cup water

Directions:

instant pot beef stewPrep ingredients – Cut all the meat & veggies to size

Separate Beef from the veggies as you will be using it first and you don’t want the veggies sitting in raw beef juices

Add olive oil to Instant Pot and set on Sauté

When pot is hot enough place cubed beef into pot

 

Instant pot beef stewBrown all the sides of the beef

Add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, worcestershire sauce, and mix well

Switch pot off and add veggies, beef broth, and tomato sauce

Stir well making sure to scrape off any meat or seasoning at the bottom of the pot

Set Instant Pot on Manual and adjust time to 35 minutes

Secure lid making sure the valve is on the sealing position

When pot beeps wait 10 minutes then set the valve to venting to release remaining pressure

Meanwhile dissolve cornstarch in water

When pressure has been completely released remove pot lid

Stir in cornstarch water to get desired thickness.  If you want thicker sauce add more dissolved cornstarch slowly until you get the thickness you want.

Serve with steamed rice or some nice crusty bread to sop up all that meaty goodness!

Left overs can be stored in the fridge for a day or so, stew always tastes better the next day!  Or for longer storage place stew in freezer safe containers, label with date, and freeze until needed.  It will keep in the freezer for about 2-3 months.  Reheat in the microwave or stove top.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Prep ingredients - Cut all the meat & veggies to size Separate Beef from the veggies as you will be using it first and you don't want the veggies sitting in raw beef juices
    instant pot beef stew
  2. Add olive oil to Instant Pot and set on Sauté When pot is hot enough place cubed beef into pot Brown all the sides of the beef  Add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, worcestershire sauce, and mix well
    Instant pot beef stew
  3. Switch pot off and add veggies, beef broth, and tomato sauce Stir well making sure to scrape off any meat or seasoning at the bottom of the pot Set Instant Pot on Manual and adjust time to 35 minutes Secure lid making sure the valve is on the sealing position
  4. When pot beeps wait 10 minutes then set the valve to venting to release remaining pressure Meanwhile dissolve cornstarch in water When pressure has been completely released remove pot lid Stir in cornstarch water to get desired thickness.  If you want thicker sauce add more dissolved cornstarch slowly until you get the thickness you want.   Serve with steamed rice or some nice crusty bread to sop up all that meaty goodness!
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Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

binagoongang Binagoongang Manok or Chicken Sautéed in Shrimp Paste is a specialty from the Philippine province of Pampanga.  It was originally made with small cubes of pork and called Binagoongang Baboy but the simple recipe has been adapted to include chicken or even just veggies.

I think it’s a great way to use up that jar of Bagoong or shimp paste that usually ends up shoved in the back of my refrigerator.  I usually only use bagoong when having  Kare Kare. So many times the bagoong gets too old and dehydrated.  Recently I learned how to make Binagoongang Manok and it takes care of the open jar of bagoong sitting in the back of my fridge.

When I make Binagoongang Manok I use cubes of chicken, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and string beans.  And I add fresh spicy chili peppers like jalapenos.  You can also add cubes of eggplant if you like.

I love this simple dish because the bagoong gives it a sweet and salty taste and the jalapenos give it that pop of spicy heat.  It’s the perfect comfort food and a perfect example of good old Filipino home cooking!  Served over hot steamed white rice, it’s delish!

If you’re wondering where you can buy shrimp paste it’s available at any Asian market.  It’s sold in a jar, buy the one that’s already been sauteed like the Kamayan brand or something similar.

Here’s my recipe!  I hope you like it!

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Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste - Binagoongang Manok
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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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  1. Heat oil and fry chicken cubes until they are cooked and are turning brown
  2. Add Onions and Garlic and cook until onions start to turn translucent
  3. Add Tomato cubes and saute another 5 minutes
  4. Add string beans and saute until beans begin to soften
  5. Add the Bagoong, vinegar, and water and bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for about 10 minutes or until beans are completely cooked
  7. Remove lid, turn up heat to medium and fry until most of the liquid has evaporated, be sure to keep stirring so the meat doesn't burn.
  8. Remove from heat and serve over steamed white rice.
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Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Spicy homemade salsaI concluded years ago that if you want great salsa you only have two choices.  One, find a family owned Mexican restaurant preferably one south of the border or in  border zones in states like Arizona, California, and Texas.  Or two, make it at home.  Since I live in Hawaii I generally opt for option two as I can’t jet off to Mexico or the border states each time I’ve a yen for salsa.  So I came up with my Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe.

At our house we like our salsa chunky, tasty, and very spicy.  That’s why those store bought bottles of salsa just don’t make the cut.  I mean the old TV commercial was right who wants to eat salsa mass produced in like Ohio or worse yet China!

spicy homemade salsaMy Spicy Homemade Salsa is perfect.  It uses fresh ingredients and lots of it.  It’s chunky and flavored with lots of fresh cilantro, limes, and of course hot peppers.  The hotter the better!

Now my Spicy Homemade Salsa is just that salsa, meaning it’s saucy.   We use my Spicy Homemade Salsa as a dip, topping, or filling.  Yes a filling!  I love it rolled up in a fresh hot tortilla!

Here’s the recipe, you might think it’s a bit fussy.  But believe me it’s worth the time!  I usually mix up a batch, it makes about 3 small bowls, to serve with dinner.  Any left over salsa will keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days.  I’m not sure because it never lasts more than 3 days at our house, heck we’re lucky to have left overs which is generally gone by the next day!,

Try this salsa on Dion’s Steak Flautas, it makes that delicious dish my grandson Dion makes for us outstanding!

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  1. Wash Tomatoes and Jalapeno Peppers
  2. Drizzle 1 Tsp olive oil over unpeeled bulb of garlic
  3. Grill all the vegetables until cooked - Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, and Garlic
  4. Remove the peel from the grilled tomatoes and dice the tomato
  5. Dice the onions and peppers and place in a bowl with the tomatoes. Be sure you add the pepper seeds in the bowl too. (for less spicy salsa remove and discard the seeds or just add the seeds of 3 peppers to the bowl and discard the rest of the seeds)
  6. Slip garlic out of its peel and crush. Add to tomato mixture
  7. Add cilantro and stir everything together
  8. Squeeze lemon juice over the tomato mixture and mix well
  9. Add olive oil and salt to the salsa and mix well
  10. Serve hot or cold
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Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade

Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade

Grilling is always fun.  We have a family barbecue every Sunday.  It’s lots of fun and a great way to catch up with each other after a busy week.  One of the problems I run in to is finding new recipes to grill.  Sure hot dogs, burgers, and steaks are easy, but every now and then we need a change. That’s why I’m always in search of a new barbecue recipe.  I like to try them out during this weekly family dinner, and if everyone likes it we make it part of our menu.

vinaigrette marinade

Last month I tried this new marinade, mostly because I had all the ingredients in the pantry.  But also because I love balsamic vinegar, which is the main ingredient to this recipe.  I call it Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade.

 

The best part about marinades is that it flavors your meat with very little work.  It’s simple, just toss the ingredients together, soak the meat, and let the marinade do the rest of the work!  I marinate my meat in the refrigerator overnight.  The longer is marinates the more flavorful it will be, but you don’t want to marinate it more than a day or so, because when marinated too long the meat starts getting this tough jerky like texture and it may eventually spoil.  If for some reason we don’t use the marinated meat the next day I freeze it, marinade and all.  That way I just thaw it out when we’re ready to grill.

Just before grilling I skewer the beef cubes on bamboo skewers, but you can use metal skewers if you have them.  We do have a bunch of pretty metal skewers we brought home from Turkey one year, but cleaning them after the barbecues is an extra chore I can do without.  When you do use bamboo skewers remember to soak them in water for about 10 – 15 minutes before putting the meat on, it keeps them from burning when you pop them on the grill.

Another helpful tip when grilling is to not over cook the meat.  Grill meat until it is just about done to the way you want it (rare, medium, well).  In short remove it from the grill before it is the desired “doneness”.  Place grilled meat in a covered pot or roasting pan and let rest covered for 5 minutes before serving.  This allows the meat to finish cooking and to release its juices.  Try it out!  You’ll end up with tender juicy meat!  It works for steaks too!

Having said that here’s my recipe for Vinaigrette Marinade!  By the way you can use the same marinade on chicken, lamb, or shrimp.  Just don’t mix the meats, make a separate batch of marinade for each type of meat or seafood.

 Ingredients:

3 Lbs.  Beef Tenderloin cut in 1″ cubes (you can use your favorite beef cut)

1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

2 Tbs. Finely Minced Garlic

1 Tbs. Fresh or Dried Rosemary

1 Tbs. Fresh or Dried Oregano

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Large Onions cut into large chunks

1 Large Green Pepper cut into large pieces

1 Basket Mushrooms, washed and patted dry

Directions:

Combine Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and seasonings in a large ziplock bag.  Seal bag and shake to combine all the ingredients together.

Vinaigrette MarinadeAdd meat cubes to the marinade.  Seal bag and shake to cover all the meat.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours, for best flavor marinate in the fridge overnight.

 

 

About and hour or less before grilling place meat, onions, peppers, and

Vinaigrette Marinade

mushrooms on skewers.  Alternate meat with veggies.

Grill over medium heat until meat is just about done the way you want it.

Place skewers in a large pot or roasting pan with a lid.  Cover and let stand 5 minutes to allow meat to finish cooking and release its juices.

Serve hot with rice, potatoes, and other sides.

 

 

Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade
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Tender, juicy, and flavorful grilled meat that's perfect for any cook out.
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Tender, juicy, and flavorful grilled meat that's perfect for any cook out.
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  1. Combine Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and seasonings in a large ziplock bag. Seal bag and shake to combine all the ingredients together.
  2. Add meat cubes to the marinade. Seal bag and shake to cover all the meat.
  3. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, for best flavor marinate in the fridge overnight.
  4. About and hour or less before grilling place meat, onions, peppers, and mushrooms on skewers. Alternate meat with veggies.
  5. Grill over medium heat until meat is just about done the way you want it.
  6. Place skewers in a large pot or roasting pan with a lid. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to allow meat to finish cooking and release its juices. Serve hot with rice, potatoes, and other sides.
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Baked Barbeque Chicken

Baked Barbeque Chicken

IMG_5305I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties.  But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken  using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.

I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years.  The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes.  It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious.  I use it on short ribs too!  My family loves it!

For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs.  I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.

Here’s the recipe!

Barbeque Chicken

Ingredients:

8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs

1 Onion, sliced

1 Tbsp.  Garlic Powder

1 Cup Ketchup

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Bottle of Beer, any type

 

Directions:

Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.

Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.

Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.

Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.

Pour sauce over chicken thighs.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.

Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.

Barbeque Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
Barbeque Chicken
Baked Barbeque Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
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4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
  2. Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
  3. Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
  4. Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 - 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
  7. Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.
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