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Miso Beef Stew

Beef stew with miso paste? Yes, it is super tasty with lots of umami flavor. Great over rice, pasta or bread.

This miso beef stew is super hearty and comforting…and so, so easy to make. It is loaded with flavorful pieces of meat, potatoes, kind mushrooms, carrots and celery.

– Why use Instant Pot?

Instant Pot cooks under pressure, therefore in less than one hour the meat is tender and packed with flavor, cutting the time of cooking.

– Do I need miso paste?

Definitely, miso paste gives this beef stew the well-known umami flavor…

– Can I cook this beef stew in advance?

Yes, you can cook up to 3 days in advance. Refrigerate once it is at room temperature and when it is time to serve heat it up on the stove. Alternatively, you can freeze if you want to store for longer time.

– Are you ready to try this umami beef stew?

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½  lbs beef for stew in cubes, approximately 1½ in
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1 in chunks
  • 1 lb nibble potatoes (or any kind of potatoes, cut into 1 in
  • 1 lb mini king oyster mushrooms or combination of any kind of mushrooms
  • 4-5 celery stalks, cut into 1 in length
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons red miso
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh green onion for garnish

Method:

Season beef chunks with salt and pepper, to taste and set aside while preparing all the other ingredients.

Turn the Instant Pot to sauté, once the pot is hot and the meat. Cook for a few minutes until sides of the meat are browned.

Remove the meat from the pot.

Add the butter on the pot and sauté the onion and garlic. Place the meat back and add ketchup, red miso, sake, mirin and beef broth.

Stir, and seal the Instant Pot, and set to high pressure for 8 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

Add all the vegetables and mushroom and cook under high pressure for another 2 minutes. Again, let the pressure release naturally.

Add more salt or pepper if necessary.

Garnish with finely chopped green onion, serve hot over rice or pasta.

– Want more beef recipes? Check these out…

Did you know that miso is a form of fermented soybeans? Therefore, miso provides good bacteria to your gut. Consumption of miso has been linked to better digestion and stronger immune system. One must careful since miso is very high in sodium.

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Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

This recipe is created from the traditional Cuban dish made with beef brisket…it is so flavorful and delicious over rice.

I hope you all had a nice and enjoyable holiday surrounded by your loved ones…and here we are, a whole new year ahead of us…filled with hope, dreams and wishes…talking about wish…I have been wanted to make this dish for a while, but really got inspired when a couple of weeks ago we had ropa vieja at Portos Bakery, a local Cuban bakery, which has been often featured in the news for their successful family business.

– What is ropa vieja?

In Spanish ropa vieja means “old clothes”.  Really? Yes, according to Wikipedia it is one of the national dishes of Cuba, although very popular in many countries such as Puerto Rico, Panama and Philippines. This dish is mainly shredded beef with vegetables with a touch of sweet from red peppers.

– Why use Instant Pot?

Using Instant Pot will cut your cooking time to a fraction since the meat has a lot of connective tissues, therefore a tough cut of meat. Instant Pot will work magic to tenderize the meat and it can all be done in one pot, yes one pot.

– Can I use other kind of meat?

Absolutely, you can use flank steak, flap steak, chuck roast, brisket…all kind of meat that is rich in connective tissue.

– Should we jump to the recipe?

Of course…since there are hundreds of ropa vieja recipes on the internet, I really cannot tell you which one really based on…it was really a combination of many of them…match and mix…

Ingredients:

  • 2-2 ½ lbs brisket
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 bell peppers (1 green and 2 red)
  • Green olives, sliced
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Avocado for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish

Method:

Season the beef with salt and pepper and let it set for a few minutes.

Set the Instant Pot to “sauté”, add the olive oil and sear the brisket, both side. Set the brisket on aside.

Add the sliced onion, garlic and sauté until aromatic and golden brown.  Return the brisket to the pot and add the tomato paste, fresh tomatoes and all the spices.

Add 1 cup of water and turn to pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. Once the time is up, let the steam release naturally.

When the steam stops, carefully open the pot and add the sliced bell peppers. Taste for salt and pepper. Turn the pressure cook at high pressure for another 10 minutes and set the steam to release naturally.

Once the steam stops, carefully open the pot, remove the brisket. Place the brisket in a dish and using 2 forks shred the beef. Return the shredded beef to the pot and add the sliced olives. Cook for another minute.

Transfer the ropa vieja to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro and avocado.

Serve with rice, noodles or with anything you like.

– Looking for more meat recipes?  Please check the recipes below…you might find something you want to try.

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