Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Ready in 2 1/2 hours
Serves 4-6 people
Recipe Adapted from Martha Stewart
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock, homemade or store-bought
1 pound carrots, cut into thick rounds
1/3 cup pitted oil-cured olives
10 dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large navel orange
- Heat oil in a 6-to-8-quart pressure cooker over medium-high, or in an electric pressure cooker set to saute. Pat beef dry and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes; transfer to a plate. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons fat (or add enough oil to equal 2 tablespoons). Add garlic and flour, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in stock, carrots, olives, dates, thyme, bay leaf, cumin seeds, orange zest and juice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Return beef along with any accumulated juices to pressure cooker.
- Stovetop: Secure lid. Bring to high pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat to maintain pressure and cook for 60 minutes. Remove from heat, quickly release pressure, then remove lid. Electric: Secure lid. Manually set cooker to 90 minutes and let it come to pressure. Once time is complete, turn off, quickly release pressure, then remove lid.
- Let beef stand in liquid 10 minutes. Skim any fat from surface. Transfer beef to a serving platter. (Discard bay leaf.) Spoon sauce over and around beef and serve.
Cook's Notes: If your chuck roast has enough fat on it, you can omit the oil for searing. Serve with potatoes (mashed or boiled and buttered), egg noodles, or couscous.