Pot Roast with Porcini Broth for Instapot or Crockpot
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Make this dish in your crockpot or instapot, the only difference is the length of time (1 hour for instapot, 4-5 for crockpot). The results will be guilt-free comfort food either way.
Cuisine: American
Serves: serves 6-8
  • 1½ pounds of beef stew meat, preferably chuck (it's the most flavorful)
  • 8 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch coins
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup of dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • ¾ cup of good fruity red wine, like a nice Zinfandel, Shiraz or Pinot Noir
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to your liking
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  1. First brown your meat and onions. If you're using an instapot or crockpot with a sear setting, melt your butter and add the onions. Saute them for 4 minutes until they begin to turn clear and soft. Add the meat and brown on all sides. If you have just a regular crockpot, do this in large sauce pan and you will transfer everything to your crockpot later.
  2. While the meat browns, put the dried porcini mushroom in a measuring cup. Add 2 cups of hot water and let it steep.
  3. Once the meat is brown, dust with flour, giving it all a good stirring to spread the flour throughout.
  4. Add the carrots and potatoes now.
  5. Add the tomato paste. Stir again well.
  6. Add the red wine, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom.
  7. Strain the mushroom broth into a container, set the mushrooms aside for another recipe if your family is not a fan. Or, cut the mushrooms up and throw them in.
  8. Pour in the mushroom broth and stir some more. Toss in the bay leaf.
  9. If you have been sautéing all of this in a saucepan to then transfer to a crockpot, this is the moment to transfer. If you've been sautéing in your instapot or your multi-function crockpot, you are good to proceed.
  10. While still on saute, bring the mixture to a boil.
  11. Now is the time to set the pot roast for its long term cook. If you're in the instapot, turn off the sear, close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and do manual 1 hour. If you're in your multi-function or regular crockpot, cook the pot roast in high for 4-5 hours.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to your liking, remove the bay leaf, and enjoy!
  13. Like all stew dishes, this is even better then next day, when it's had time to rest.
Recipe by chefdruck.com at https://chefdruck.com/2017/01/pot-roast-with-porcini-broth-for-instapot-or-crockpot/