Posts tagged: Fork Tender

Honey and Thyme-Infused Red Wine Pot Roast

Submitted by Erin OC.


  • 1 bottom round roast, about 4 lbs.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 small onions, medium diced
  • 1 head garlic (about 10 to 12 cloves), lightly smashed
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 medium), cut roughly into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups medium-bodied red wine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes


    Edited based on comments (see comments below): Pressure cook all ingredients except the carrots and potatoes for 45 minutes a high pressure, quick release the pressure – then add carrots and potatoes and pressure cook for another 10 minutes, with a natural release.

    Original/Traditional directions for comparison:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season roast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large oven-safe pot over high heat for a couple minutes. Add the meat and brown well on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Remove and set aside on a plate. Lower heat to medium and sauté onions, garlic, and carrots for 5 minutes. Add the broth, wine, honey, and thyme, stir to combine, and then add the roast back to the pot.
  4. Cover pot and transfer to oven. Bake for 2 hours, turning the meat over twice. Add the potatoes to the pot and bake, uncovered, for another 30 to 45 minutes longer until both the potatoes and the meat are fork-tender.

Potato Bacon Chowder

By , December 1, 2011

Glenda Embree is one of a kind grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. She maintains a creative blog for busy wives and moms. The blog is full of wonderful and practical tips and recipes. The following is her recent creation of a Potato Bacon Chowder recipe using Instant Pot. The recipe is posted here with permission from Glenda.

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Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt (I used Country Bob’s)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and rough chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onion for garnish


  1. Place potato chunks into inner pot of pressure cooker.potatochunks Potato Bacon Chowder
  2. Add celery, onion, garlic, seasoning salt, pepper and butter. Stir to combine.onions Potato Bacon Chowder
  3. Add bacon and chicken stock to pot and then stir to combine. (I debated on whether to add the bacon, now, or when the soup was done. Now, meant sinking that smoky flavor deep into the potatoes. Later, meant having that crispier texture element to enjoy in my finished soup. Tonight, I opted for the deep flavor (Totally delish, by the way!), but you could go either way and it would be tasty and perfectly acceptable.) If you decide to wait, you will add the bacon when you stir in the milk and cream.)bacon Potato Bacon Chowder
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot slow cooker and lock it into place.puttingonlid Potato Bacon Chowder
  5. It will start, off to the side, so it drops into the slots in the rim and then you will grip the handle to spin the lid into the locked position. See how the arrows line up when it’s locked?lidlocked Potato Bacon Chowder
  6. Push the Manual mode button and set the timer for 5 minutes. (I started with 10 and then checked half way through. At five minutes, the potatoes were fork tender and perfect. Amazing!)
  7. Quick-release the steam from the pressure cooker.
  8. When steam is fully gone, remove the lid of the slow cooker. There should still be liquid in the pot with your veggies.
  9. Use a potato masher to crush vegetables, resulting in a thick, semi-smooth mash. I left a few bigger chunks of potato, in mine, for texture. That’s totally a preference thing, so adjust for what your family likes.)
  10. Add cream and whole milk, stirring to incorporate.cream Potato Bacon Chowder
  11. Serve hot and steaming, topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar and sliced green onion.Potato bacon chowder1 Potato Bacon Chowder