Posts tagged: Medium Carrots

Easy Osso Bucco

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Frank R.

Ingredients: Serves: 4

  • 4 veal or lamb shanks cut to size for the pressure cooker
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 medium carrots chopped in large chunks
  • 2 stalks celery cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium to large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth (keep in mind of the size of the pressure cooker)
  • 2 lbs red potatoes (washed)
  • 2 Tbsp butter


Add the flour and the seasonings to a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend everything together. Rinse the shanks and dry with a paper towel. Roll each shank in the flour mix and set aside on a plate (Keep the remaining flour). Preheat a large skillet. Add the oil and bring to almost smoking. Place the shanks in the skillet and brown turning each shank to brown all sides of the shank. Once they are browned, set aside. Add the flour to the remaining oil and make a rue. Once the rue is made add the broth to loosen the rue into a sauce.

Pour ½ of the sauce on the pressure cooker and place each shank into the sauce standing upright. Fill in the gaps with the vegetables. Pour the remaining sauce over the shanks and vegetables. Seal the pressure cooker and cook for approximately 90 minutes.

Towards the end of the cooking cycle, boil the red potatoes (skin on) until tender. Mash the potatoes adding 2 TBsp of butter. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve a lamb shank on a bed of potatoes. Add a large spoon of the vegetables. Ladle on some of the sauce from the cooker over the shank, vegetables and potatoes.

NOT Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

By , March 21, 2012

Submitted by Kellie F.

This is a simple route to a wonderful rich dish, but much healthier with a fraction of the time and energy use. I love Julia Child, but I also love making recipes that taste complex in the middle of the week. Now I can!

The recipe is based on a complicated dish, but is simplified to a weekday dinner because of the use of the pressure cooker. Normally a Beef Bourguinon takes all day and is comprised of about 50 steps. It’s so intimidating that most people will never try to make it. I’m a HUGE pressure cooker fan and have converted many of my friends. The idea of making a rich stock in 45 minutes or an all day beef stew in a 1/2 hour and still get tender juicy chunks of meat seems almost magical to me.

beef bourguinonIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean boneless beef chuck roast cut into chunks
  • 5 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 8 oz mushrooms quarters
  • 12 pearl onions peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBS fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2/3 cup beef stock
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Dry beef and saute in portions to give them room in the pressure cooker to brown until all done and set aside.
  • Brown pearl onions
  • Add back ALL ingredients (except flour and water) and set cooker on high for 12 with natural release Once complete mix water and flour in a cup and pour in. Let cook until thickened plus one minute.
  • Serve!