Speedy Beef stew

In a previous post I made rice pudding in a Pressureking Pro that my hubby got for his birthday.  As its a rainy Sunday and hubby isn’t feeling well and needs comfort food I thought it was about time I made something savoury in it,

So here we are at 3pm on said rainy sunday afternoon with only my fridge, freezer and cupboards for supplies and I need to rustle up something that is tasty and satisfying.

I found some frozen braising steak in the bottom of the freezer. Further investigation gave me a leek, some celery, carrots, a small suede and a sweet potato and I had 2 packs of mashed potato (dont hate me) in the fridge.

I defrosted the beef in the microwave for a couple of minutes just to start the thawing process but apart from that the recipe is all cooked in the pressureking pro.


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 500g braising steak
  • 1 tbs flour and tsp smoked paprika mixed
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 small suede
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tsp herbes de provence
  • 1 pint beef stock (I used hot water and beef bouillon)
  • 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (or add a splash more water and a squirt of tomato puree)
  • generous glug of port


First prep your veggies…

  • Roughly chop your onion,
  • Thickly slice your carrots, celery and leek.
  • Peel and cube the suede and sweet potato

Next prep your beef…

  • Turn the pressureking pro on to the stew setting then add in the olive oil and garlic
  • Toss the beef in flour and paprika then brown
  • Take out the beef and set to one side

now prepare your stew

  • With the setting still on stew add in the veggies and herbs and toss until they begin to soften.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes (or puree), beef stock and port
  • Throw the beef back in and hit the stop button
  • Pop the lid on tight and set the steam release to close
  • Hit the meat button and adjust up to 30 minutes
  • When its finished its cycle allow to release steam naturally (should take about 15 minutes)
  • take off the lid and stir – if it needs thickening add a couple of teaspoons of gravy powder (mine didn’t but everyone likes stew differently)

serve with Mash and, if you have them, green veggies


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