Sunday, June 18, 2017

Moist, Flavorful Pot Roast in the Instant Pot

In 16 years of marriage, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have made pot roast.  It is just not my favorite.  I grew up in a home where we ate roast and potatoes almost every Sunday, but my own children really only know roast from when we are at Grandma's house on a Sunday.  However, that all may change with the Instant Pot that Dustin gave me for Christmas.  I seriously love this kitchen tool!  I have made beef pot roast three times in the last couple of months, which is like a super record for me.  And each time, the roast has come out so moist, so tender, so flavorful.  It is delicious!  My children may end up with memories of pot roast, after all!

Moist, Flavorful Pot Roast (in the Instant Pot)
adapted from:

Pot Roast, cut 2 inches thick
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp. oil
1 onion, sliced (or, I used dehydrated onions, re-hydrated)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 c. chicken broth
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
fresh rosemary-rub in between fingers before adding
ground sage

Heat up your Instant Pot, using the Saute button.  Add the oil and heat until very hot.  Season the pot roast with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on both sides.  Place the meat in the Instant Pot, and brown it for 5 minutes on each side.  Remove it from the Pot and set it aside.  Add the onions and cook them until they are soft.  Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds.  Pour the balsamic vinegar into the Instant Pot, and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.  Stir in the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rosemary and sage.  You may add a little more salt and pepper, to taste.  Place the meat back into the Pot, close the lid, and set the Instant Pot to high pressure, for 45 minutes.  When it is done, do a natural pressure release for 25 minutes (although, I didn't have time to do that today, and it still turned out perfect).  I have made this with potatoes and carrots in the pressure cooker, and I have made it without any added vegetables.  If you add veggies, they end up so flavorful, and it becomes a one pot meal!

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