2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut in half
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 small yellow or red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3/4 cups dry red wine
1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2-3 fresh woody herb sprigs, such as a mix of thyme, sage and rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, rosemary or sage)
2 lb root vegetables, such as a mix of peeled carrots and parsnips, cut into 2-inch chunks
- Season the beef generously all over with about 1/2 Tbsp salt. Using the sauté setting, warm the oil in a 6- to 8-quart electric pressure cooker. Add one chunk of the beef and sear one side until deeply browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and sear other side. Remove beef and set aside.
- Add the onions and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the wine, vinegar and 1/4 cup broth; season generously with black pepper and lightly with salt. Using a metal or wooden spoon or spatula, scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Turn off the sauté setting. Add the herbs and nestle the beef into the liquid. Cook on high pressure for 45 min – 1 hr.
- Allow the pressure to reduce naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually. Add the vegetables to the pot, tucking them below the liquid. Cook on high pressure until the beef and vegetables are both tender, an additional 4 minutes. Quick-release.
- If you’d prefer a thicker gravy, strain the cooking liquid and return it to the pot. Using the sauté function, bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp flour in a small bowl and knead it together with your fingers until it is uniform, almost like a dough. Once the liquid is boiling, drop the butter-flour mixture into the pot, whisking well to combine. Let it bubble until it is lightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then drizzle some gravy over the pot roast and vegetables, and top with drained, pickled onions. Serve extra gravy on the side.
- 1/6 cup (23 grams) bread flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
Make the starter: In a small heavy pot, whisk flour, milk and 1/4 cup water together until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook, stirring often, until thickened but still pourable, about 7-9 minutes (it will thicken more as it cools). When it’s ready, the spoon will leave tracks on the bottom of the pot. Scrape into a measuring cup and lightly cover the surface with plastic wrap. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- 2 3/4 cups bread flour
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup warm milk
- 4 tablespoons/60 grams unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened at room temperature
Add bread starter, egg, warm milk, softened pieces of butter into bread machine. Spoon dry ingredients on top. Set to regular bread, light crust.
- 1 15-oz. can cooked chickpeas, drained
- 1/4 c. chickpea liquid -OR- 1/4 c. extra virgin oil olive -OR- 1/4 c. lemon juice -OR- any mix of these
- Big pinch of salt and black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- Pinch of cayenne pepper powder (optional)
- 2 large cloves garlic (minced) or 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 heaping Tbsp tahini or 1 tsp sesame oil
Blend together in food processor until smooth.
Optional add-ins, blend with the hummus:
- 1 roasted beet (375*F, 1 hour, wrapped in tin foil).
- 2 whole roasted red bell peppers (halved, broil 5-10 minutes skin side up, put in bowl covered with tight lid for 10-15 mins, gently peel away charred skin).
- Use roasted garlic or add 1-2 Tbsp. garlic powder.
- 2 very ripe avocados.
- 1 cup peeled and cubed pumpkin, sweet potato, or butternut squash (pressure cook in Instant Pot 3-4 min until very soft), add 1 tsp paprika to hummus.
- Black bean – swap out chickpea for black bean can. Add 1/2 tsp. ground coriander.
For roasted vegetables
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup minced parsley
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Healthy pinch of salt and pepper
Stir together until well mixed.
- 1 pound Italian (or any kind of ground) sausage – removed from casing
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2-4 medium carrots, finely diced
- 2-4 celery stalks, finely diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3/4 lb pound dried great Northern beans, rinsed and picked through, soaked 3-10 hours
- 6 cups water or broth
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
- 4 thyme sprigs + 2 large rosemary sprig tied together in a bundle with kitchen twine
- 2 bay leaf
- Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high. Add the sausage and brown until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a separate bowl.
- Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove half of veggies to the bowl with the sauage (you will re-add it at the end, so veggies aren’t mushy). Add the tomato paste and cumin to the pot. Cook, stirring, until dark golden, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the beans, 6 cups broth/water, salt, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Instant Pot high for 30 minutes, natural release.
- Re-add reserved veggies and sausage. High pressure for 5 minutes.
- Optional: puree a cup of beans for thicker stew texture.
- Stir in the vinegar and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Ladle into warm bowls and serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
Adjustments for Canned Beans
- 2.5 cans (36 oz) canned beans, preferably white, chickpea or kidney, drained and rinsed
- In step 3, do not add the canned beans. Add the canned beans in step 4.
- Add 4 cups of water/broth at first, up to 6 cups, since canned beans do not absorb water
- 1 lb cherry tomatoes
- 1 anchovy fillet
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced
Heat oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and anchovies in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until anchovies break down and garlic is lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, sugar to saucepan and stir to combine. Cover and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, without stirring, for 7-9 minutes. Off heat, stir in butter.
Toss with pasta water and pasta to serve. Top with basil.