Excellent in a pressure cooker! I tried it once in a slow cooker: not as flavorful. I adapted a recipe that came with my pressure cooker. It is also known as Stifado if you use pearl onions, but I didn't have any and had to use yellow onion. I have to add potatoes and carrots! Be very careful with the amounts of salt, cinnamon and ground cloves. Works very well with moose or venison. I serve it with J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits (try making those with buttermilk). Yum!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

6
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a 5-quart pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add half the beef; cook and stir until well browned on all sides. Remove beef with a slotted spoon and set aside. Brown the remaining meat and set aside.

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  • Place chopped onion in the pressure cooker; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute. Pour in the red wine, red wine vinegar, and beef broth; stir in the tomato paste and mix well.

  • Grind or crush rosemary, oregano, and peppercorns in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Add crushed spices to the cooker with bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and brown sugar.

  • Pour in tomatoes and their juice; rinse the can with 1/2 cup water and add the water to the cooker. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Return the browned meat to the pressure cooker. A 5-quart pot should be about half full and a little soupy; the potato will dissolve a bit and thicken it after cooking. Cover the pot and seal the lid.

  • Bring the pot up to high pressure over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the pressure reduce naturally. Taste the stew and add salt, if desired.

Cook's Notes:

We have this every other week during the winter months. Also the cassia cinnamon popular here in the U.S. is way too strong, so be careful. If you use Ceylon cinnamon, use 1/4 teaspoon.

You can use low-sodium chicken broth instead of the beef broth. If you used canned broth or stock with salt, don't add any more salt. It's very good with homemade veggie stock. This is not as good without tomato paste or bay leaves. I'm sure you could sub tofu for the beef and make it completely vegan, but I will leave that to my vegetarian friends. Great the next day. Enjoy!

This can also be made in a slow cooker. Omit the 1/2 cup water. Use a skillet and follow steps 1 and 2. Transfer contents of the skillet to a slow cooker; add the potatoes and carrots. Place the browned meat on top of the vegetables and add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 15.9g 32% DV; carbohydrates 26.8g 9% DV; fat 13g 20% DV; cholesterol 41.7mg 14% DV; sodium 367.3mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
It's getting cold stew weather! I guess the double secret step for this is to grind the bay leaves picking out the main stems couple peppercorns or pinch of coarse salt helps the grinding along. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2012
v. good add masala or pepper for more zing Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
It's getting cold stew weather! I guess the double secret step for this is to grind the bay leaves picking out the main stems couple peppercorns or pinch of coarse salt helps the grinding along. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2012
v. good add masala or pepper for more zing Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2013
I wasn't sure what to make of the cumin and the cinnamon...they changed the flavor that enough with the bay leaf it was hit or miss with my crowd. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2016
Very flavorful. I followed slow cooker directions and it came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2016
Made this using black wildebeest left out the cumin add I didn't have added corn and peas it came out devine.. you could taste the wildebeest with the flavors coming out properly and not ruining the meat itself.. I'm doing this again with winter coming.. lovely Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2015
This is a really good stew with all the flavors of the spices. I did change it because it was a little bitter. I added a 1/3 cup of Heinz ketchup and another tablespoon of brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
This was great! I've been looking for an alternative to traditional beef/venison flavours and this fits the bill. I didn't have any rosemary but it didn't taste like it was lacking anything without it. We had it with home-made bread and hubby and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2015
Good twist to the traditional beef stew. Added jalapeños for extra zing Read More
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