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Are you ready to discover the secret to making a mouthwatering pot roast that will leave your taste buds begging for more? Look no further than your trusty Instant Pot or pressure cooker! In this article, we will share our tried-and-true recipe for creating a tender and flavorful pot roast that will impress even the toughest food critics.
Preparation is Key
To ensure that your pot roast turns out perfectly, it’s essential to prepare the beef properly. Start by seasoning all sides of a generous 3-pound beef chuck with 2 to 3 teaspoons of salt and let it sit at room temperature for an hour. This will allow the flavors to penetrate the meat and bring out its natural juiciness.
Next, create a tantalizing spice mixture by combining 1 1/2 teaspoons of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Be generous with the spices as they will add a depth of flavor to your pot roast.
No pot roast is complete without a medley of vegetables to complement the tender beef. Begin by peeling and chopping a large onion into large chunks. Slice your celery and carrots into thick, long sticks. We recommend using 5 medium carrots and 4 celery stalks for the perfect balance of flavors.
To add a hint of aromatic flavor, smash 6 garlic cloves and peel away the skins. These rustic, earthy flavors will infuse the pot roast with a touch of warmth and complexity.
The Perfect Sear
Now it’s time to bring out the big guns – your pressure cooker! Start by adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Set it to the “Sauté” setting and let it heat up on high.
Once the oil is hot and shimmering, carefully place the seasoned beef into the pot, searing it until it becomes beautifully browned on all sides. This process will lock in the juices and create a rich, caramelized crust that adds incredible depth of flavor to your pot roast.
After achieving the perfect sear, transfer the beef to a plate. If the pot looks dry, add a little more oil to ensure the vegetables cook evenly. Add the chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot, stirring occasionally until they start to sweat and lightly brown.
Now it’s time to introduce the star of the show – the flavorful broth. Pour in 3 cups of beef broth, along with a teaspoon of bouillon mix or cube and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, as these contain a wealth of concentrated flavor.
The Finishing Touch
After turning off the “Sauté” function, return the seared beef to the pot and arrange the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic around it. Add a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme, as well as a bay leaf, to infuse the dish with aromatic goodness. If desired, you can also add potatoes for extra heartiness.
Set your pressure cooker to high pressure and let it work its magic for 60 minutes. This cooking time is ideal for a 3-pound piece of beef, ensuring that it becomes tender and succulent.
Unleash the Flavors
Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then, carefully use the quick-release button to release any remaining pressure. Transfer the delectable beef to a cutting board and gently shred it to your desired size. You’ll be amazed at how effortlessly it falls apart – it’s pure tenderness!
Place the shredded beef on a serving platter alongside the potatoes and drizzle it with some of the mouthwatering liquid left in the pot. If you want to take it up a notch, follow our recipe on Inspired Taste for a quick and savory gravy that will elevate your pot roast to new heights of deliciousness.
And there you have it – the secrets to making a mouthwatering pot roast that will have your family and friends begging for seconds. The combination of tender, flavorful beef, perfectly cooked vegetables, and a rich broth creates a symphony of flavors that is simply irresistible.
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So what are you waiting for? Grab your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, gather your ingredients, and start creating your own mouthwatering power pressure cooker XL recipes today. Enjoy!