Posts tagged: Optional Instructions

Beef Barley Mushroom Stew With Sour Cream

By , September 29, 2012

Submitted by Sharon W.


  • 1/2 to 1 lb stew beef cut into chunks (decide how much or how little meat you want)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 cups beef broth(unsalted or low salt preferred)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig (replace with dried if necessary)
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1 T  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley

Add after pressure cooking is complete:

  • 1 cup sour cream   (allow to stand at room temperature 15 minutes before adding.)
  • 1 T chopped parsley, chopped (optional)


Place all above ingredients into pressure cooker.  Alternatively, if you are not short on time, brown the beef in oil or butter together with the chopped onion before commencing pressure cooking.

Bring pot to pressure and let cook for 25 minutes on meat setting.  Let pressure drop of it’s own accord.   Remove bay leaf and thyme spring.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper accordingly. Add 3/4 cup of sour cream and mix well.

Use remaining sour cream to add a dollop on top before serving.

Pressure Cooker Cassoulet

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by: Jamie B.-M.

Cassoulet is a classic provincial French dish, which can take a few days to make when one has to soak beans and cook meat to the right tenderness. The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker yields a cassoulet in under an hour!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless pork ribs, cut into 1-inch chunks Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups great northern beans (or similar)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups herbed croutons
  • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled (optional)


Heat olive oil to medium high heat in a large skillet. Sprinkle pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown in the skillet on all sides.

Add the pork to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, then add the beans, broth, carrot, celery, onion, rosemary and garlic. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on the stew setting for 35 minutes.

Dish cassoulet into 4-6 large soup bowls, then top with equal amounts of croutons and goat cheese. Serve.

Serves 4-6.

Baked Beans

By , February 19, 2012

Submitted by Deborah P.


  • 1 lb. small white beans (sometimes called Navy beans, or Northern white beans)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ground pepper
  • 4 cups of water or more as needed to cover beans
  • 2 tsp. salt (optional)


Soak beans over night in pot with cold water. Discard water in morning, and rinse the beans. Cover with 4 cups of fresh water, or more as needed. Cook the beans with the “Bean/Chili” at high pressure for 10 minutes to begin the softening process; skim off and discard any frothy stuff that rises to the surface. Add all of the other ingredients, top up water if necessary and pressure cook on “bean” setting for 45 minutes. The beans turn out uniformly soft and delicious. The Instant Pot will accommodate this recipe doubled which can be easily frozen in serving sizes.

I like the way the Instant Pot does the Baked Beans better than any other method. I have been doing Baked Beans for over 30 years. Originally, I did them in a casserole in the oven which took about 12 hours and required someone to top up the liquid frequently… terribly inconvenient. My next attempt was with a crock pot, which was much more convenient, but the product with both methods often had some hard beans remaining which detracted from the flavour and texture. Now, the Instant Pot produces a perfectly even product, superior in every way to the other methods; and because it requires so much less power (less than an hour) it is a more eco-friendly method as well. :-)