Bistro-Style Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms


  • 2 thin strips of bacon
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 1/2 lbs brown cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Press Saute, set time for 35 minutes.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the cooker. Add the bacon and fry until crisp, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a nearby large bowl.
  • Add half the short ribs and brown them well on all sides, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer these to that bowl and add the remaining short ribs, browning them in just the same way. Transfer these to the bowl, too.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 
3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until they give off their internal moisture and that liquid evaporates to a glaze in the pot, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine and scrape up the browned bits on the pot’s bottom. Turn off the SAUTÉ function and stir in the broth, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Return the short ribs, bacon, and any juices in that bowl to the pot. Stir well, then lock the lid onto the cooker.
  • Option 1 MAX Pressure Cooker
    Press Pressure cook on Max pressure for 1 hour and 10 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  • Option 2 All Pressure Cookers
    Press Pressure cook (Manual) on High pressure for 1 hour and 30 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  • If you’ve used a pressure setting, when the machine has finished cooking, turn it off and let its pressure return to normal naturally, about 30 minutes.
  • Option 3 Slow Cook
    Press Slow Cook option on High for 4 hours with Keep Warm setting off (or on for no more than 3 hours)
  • Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Find and discard the bay leaves. Use kitchen tongs and a slotted spoon to transfer the short ribs, bacon, and any vegetables to a serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Use a flatware tablespoon to skim any excess surface fat from the sauce in the pot.
  • Press Saute, set time for 5 minutes.
  • As the sauce comes to a simmer, use a fork to make a smooth paste out of the flour and the remaining, room-temperature
 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. As the sauce simmers, whisk this flour mixture into the pot in dribs and drabs, just a little at a time, whisking until it’s all been added and the sauce has thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the SAUTÉ function and pour the sauce in the hot insert over the meat and vegetables on the platter.
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