PRESSURE COOKER PORCINI AND TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

In the kitchen, one plus one can equal much more than three. By combining ingredients packed with umami (mushrooms! beef! tomatoes!), you can exponentially increase the mouth-filling savoriness of your final dish. Here’s an example in the form of a comforting, fork-tender stew – and with a pressure cooker, it can be on the table in less than an hour.

Here’s what to gather to feed 4-6 people:

  • 5 pounds grass fed short ribs, cut into 3- to 4-inch segments
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ ounce porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon lard or fat of choice
  • 1 large onion, chopped medium
  • 3 carrots, chopped medium
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped medium
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (I like Rao’s marinara sauce)
  • ½ cup bone broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley

Here’s how you make it:

Season the short ribs liberally with salt and pepper.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com
TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

If you’d like, you can do this step the night before and store the seasoned ribs in the fridge. Salting early helps amplify the flavor.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam
TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

Place the porcini mushrooms in a bowl…

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs
Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs

…and cover with boiling water until softened (15-30 minutes). (Update: I don’t even soak them anymore! I just dump them in the pressure cooker!)

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Take out your 8-quart or larger pressure cooker or Instant Pot and melt the lard over medium high heat. Sear the ribs in batches until well-browned…

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and transfer them to a platter. (I don’t even sear them when I’m pressed for time and the dish still comes out fab.)

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

While the ribs are browning, chop up the veggies…

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and toss the onions, carrots and celery into the empty pot. Lower the heat to medium, season with salt and pepper, and sauté the vegetables until softened.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com
TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

Fish out the softened mushrooms and squeeze out the liquid. You can reserve the mushroom water to use in place of broth, but I personally find it a little muddy tasting.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Coarsely chop up the mushrooms….

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and toss them in the pot along with the garlic. Stir the pot for another minute…

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs
Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs

…and add in the marinara sauce, broth, and 1 tablespoon of the balsamic vinegar.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Add the ribs back into the pot, mixing well.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Increase the heat to high and bring the stew to a boil. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and let the contents come to high pressure.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once the pot reaches high pressure, decrease the heat to low and maintain on high pressure for 30 minutes. (An electric pressure cooker like an Instant Pot will take about 35 minutes). Then, take the pot off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally (10-15 minutes).

When the pressure is released, add the remaining tablespoon of vinegar and check for seasoning. You can eat the stew right away, but I think it tastes much better after the flavors have had a chance to meld overnight in the fridge. Plus, it’s easier to peel off the layer of fat when it’s hardened.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

To reheat the stew, dump it in a pot, and bring to a boil.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Simmer the stew for at least 20 minutes and top with minced parsley.

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs
Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Try this recipe – I guarantee you’ll like it. There’s no need to be afraid of pressure cookers!

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com
TOMATO BEEF SHORT RIBS

Pressure Cooker Porcini and Tomato Beef Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com


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