Pressure Cooker Italian Beef

Chicago Style Italian Beef… Sort Of

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I know, it’s not like the ones you used to get at (fill in the blank). First off, Italian Beef is not an Italian recipe, it is a regional dish usually found in Chicago. This recipe is not meant to emulate the Italian Beef at any particular place, it is merely Italian beef as I make it.

I am not from Chicago, and I have never had Italian Beef in Chicago. I have had it in other cities and each version was wildly different, so I figured that gives me a lot of leeway to make it “my way” (regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention, if I may be Frank).

Italian Beef Ingredients

Generally this is served on French or Sourdough rolls, but it can also be used to top noodles or rice (though not traditional). I like to use Sourdough rolls and add provolone cheese. The traditional condiment is Giardiniera, which can be spicy or mild. The only version I could find without making the trek to the Italian Deli was not really a version meant for sandwiches. It was good, but the huge chunks made it difficult to keep on the bread, and I like it with a little less cauliflower.

Italian Beef Browning

So, we start by heating the oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat.

Season about 2 pounds of Beef Chuck with salt and pepper (or Montreal Steak Seasoning, as I used) then brown on both sides and remove it to a plate.

Italian Beef Veggies and Garlic

Add 1 large onion, halved then sliced thickly and 2 bell peppers, also sliced thickly (whichever color you prefer) to the pot and sauté until they start to soften (about 5-6 minutes).

Toss in 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed with the side of  a knife and continue to sauté for another minute.

Garlic Crushed

Add a level tablespoon of Italian spice mix and 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and stir.

Pour in the 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce, 1-1/2 cups of beef stock and 1/4 cup pepperoncinis with 1/4 cup of the pepper juice.

Italian Beef Broth

Place the meat back in the pot.

Add a little salt and ten or twelve grinds of black pepper along with two bay leaves.

Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and raise the heat to high.

Italian Beef Finished

Bring to high pressure, then adjust the heat to maintain high pressure.

Set the time for 40 minutes.

When the time is up, let the heat come down on its own for ten minutes then do a quick release.

Italian Beef Sliced

Remove the meat to a plate and let it rest for ten minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and slice thinly.

Remove the Bay Leaves, taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper to taste.

Return the meat to the pot.

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Serve on sandwiches or over noodles or rice (I like it on sourdough rolls with provolone cheese). Add a little more juice on top of the meat.

This is a bit of a messy sandwich (or maybe I am just a slob), so it may require a knife and fork.

Top with Giardiniera (if desired).

 

Pressure Cooker Italian Beef
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian-American
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Serves: 4-6 servings
My take on the Chicago favorite "Italian Beef".
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 pounds beef chuck
  • 2 bell peppers (whatever color you like) sliced medium-thick
  • 1 large or 2 medium sweet onions, halved and sliced medium-thick
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 level tablespoon dried Italian spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups beef stock
  • ¼ cup sliced pepperoncinis plus ¼ cup of the juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Giardinara (optional condiment)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil the pressure cooker post over medium high heat
  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper (or Montreal Steak Seasoning as I used)
  3. Brown meat of both sides and remove to plate
  4. Add the onion and pepper to the pot and sauté until they start to soften
  5. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute
  6. Add the Italian spice mix and the red pepper flakes and stir
  7. Pour in the the Worcestershire Sauce, beef stock and the pepperoncinis with juice
  8. Place the meat back in the pot
  9. Add a little salt and ten or twelve grinds of black pepper along with the bay leaves
  10. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and raise heat to high
  11. Bring to high pressure, then adjust the heat to maintain high pressure
  12. Set time for 40 minutes
  13. When time is up, let the heat come down on its own for ten minutes then do a quick release
  14. Remove the meat to a plate and let it rest for ten minutes
  15. Remove the bay leaves, taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper to taste
  16. Slice meat thinly, the return it to the pot
  17. Serve on sandwiches, or over noodles or rice (I like it on sourdough rolls with provolone cheese)
  18. Top with Giardinara (if desired)

Pressure Cooker Stout Braised Beef

Beef and Beer, Need I Say More? PC Stout Braised Beef.

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It’s funny how the finest things in life begin with “bee”. Beef, beer, beets. Ok, my wife would definitely disagree with that last one. This recipe doesn’t use beets anyway so I am not sure why I even mentioned beets.

Beets aside, chuck roast is fast becoming one of my go-to meats. It’s great for someone on a budget (that would be me), and it turns out great in the pressure cooker. I’ve used it before in recipes such as my Steak and Stout Pie and French Dip. Oddly enough, most of my chuck roast recipes also include beer. Go figure.

Stout Braised Chuck Ingredients

This particular preparation came about because I couldn’t wait to try a new spice blend that I bought. I started out planning to make a traditional pot roast with the carrots and potatoes and whatnot, but I ended up making more of a brisket-style preparation. Maybe because I had thought about making a brisket first, but the chuck roast was cheaper.

Berbere Spice

If you use a pre-made Berbere blend, carefully give it a little taste first. Some of them are spicier than others, so you might want to use a bit less than a tablespoon.

I used a two-pound piece of chuck, but I probably would have gotten a 3 pound one if the store had it. This recipe will still work fine with a 3-pounder.

Chuck Roast

So, to get started, heat a couple tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat and brown the beef on both sides.

Put the meat on a plate and sauté the onion until slightly brown, then add the garlic and sauté for another minute or two.

Add in the spice mix and continue to sauté for another 30 seconds.

Onions and Spices

Plop in that ‘mater paste and mix it all together.

Add a touch of salt and pepper (You can add more at the end. The amount will vary depending on whether or not your spice mix includes salt and pepper, along with personal taste, which is impeccable.)

Onions, Spice Mixed

Now add the Worcestershire Sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and stout.

Pour in the water and add the Better Than Bouillon. You can substitute one cup of beef stock for this.

Add the meat back into the pot.

Guinness Braised Chuck Finished

Toss in the bay leaves, slap the top on the PC and crank the heat to high.

When high pressure is reached, adjust the heat to maintain high pressure.

Set timer for 40 minutes.

When the time is up, let pressure come down on its own for ten minutes, then release the hounds, er, I mean do a quick release.

Finished Meat On Plate

Remove the meat to a plate. If you would like to thicken the sauce a bit (which I did), put the pot back over medium-high heat and bring to a low boil for 7-10 minutes.

Slice the meat and serve with some of the sauce, being sure to put some of the onions on top.

Stout Chuck Sliced

Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable (if you are into that sort of thing).

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Pressure Cooker Stout Braised Chuck Roast
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3-4 servings
A mildly spicy braised roast, quick enough for a weeknight!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2-3 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 large or two small onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon Berbere Spice Mix (for mix you can sub 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon coriander, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ¼ teaspoon allspice)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Beef Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in pressure cooker pot over medium heat
  2. Brown meat on both sides
  3. Remove meat to plate
  4. Add onions to pot, adding a bit more oil if necessary
  5. Sauté onion until it just starts to show some brown
  6. Add garlic and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes
  7. Add in the spice mix and sauté for another 30 seconds
  8. Add the tomato paste and stir everything together
  9. Add a little salt and pepper (can add more at the end if necessary, after tasting)
  10. Pour in the stout, Worcestershire and vinegar
  11. Add the brown sugar and stir
  12. Add in the water and Better Than Bouillon (can substitute 1 cup beef stock)
  13. Put meat back in pot
  14. Toss the bay leaves on top
  15. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and turn heat to high
  16. When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure
  17. Set timer for 40 minutes
  18. When time is up, let heat come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release
  19. Remove meat to a plate
  20. If you would like the sauce a little thicker, put pot back on medium-high heat and bring to a low boil for 7-10 minutes
  21. Slice meat and serve with some of the sauce on top, being sure to get some of the onions too
  22. Goes great with mashed potatoes and a vegetable

 

Pressure Cooker French Dip

French Dip (no, I don’t mean Inspector Clouseau)

French Dip

Please pretend you don’t see the chip in the plate. Thanks for your cooperation.

Beef Dip, Beef Au Jus Sandwich, French Dip. Call it what you will, but here in Los Angeles it is and always will be French Dip.

Like in other cities, where two places claim to be either the “first” or the “best”, such as Pat’s vs Geno’s (Cheesesteak) in Philly, Matt’s Bar vs 5-8 Club (Juicy Lucy Burger) in Minneapolis or Lafayette vs. American Coney Island in Detroit, here in Los Angeles it’s Phillipe’s vs. Cole’s when it comes to the French Dip, with both claiming to be the originator. By the way, if you have always wanted to try a Juicy Lucy Burger, but are nowhere near the Minneapolis area, I just happen to have a Pressure Cooker Juicy Lucy recipe here.

Who was really the first, and what is the real story behind it’s invention? We will probably never know. Even Snopes.com gave it an “undetermined” rating.

This can be made with other cuts of meat, but I prefer Chuck Roast because it strikes a good balance between price and flavor.

French_Dip_Ingredients

The ingredients. Hey, I don’t think I forgot anything this time. Well, maybe the cooking oil, but I don’t usually put that in the photos. Oh, and the bread, but that doesn’t go in the pressure cooker so it doesn’t count. So there.

Turn heat to medium-high. In a couple tablespoons oil, brown the roast on both sides. Remove to a plate, then add the beer to the cooker, using a spoon to scrape the tasty bits off the bottom of the pot.

Meat_On_Plate

Return the meat to the pan.

Add in the 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon of “Better Than Bouillon”. You can replace the water and BTB with 2 cups of beef broth or stock, but I have been liking the “Better Than Bouillon” lately. It might not be as healthy as plain stock, but I find it gives it a more “restaurant-y” flavor. If the water completely covers the meat, use a little less, so a quarter inch or so of the meat is exposed.

Add in the Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, oregano and thyme.

Add the salt and pepper.

Toss in a couple bay leaves.

Meat_Browning

Turn the heat to high and place the cover on the pressure cooker.

Bring to high pressure. When pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure and set timer to 45 minutes.

Beer_Opening

While waiting for the meat to cook, feel free to finish the beer that is left in the bottle.

When timer sounds, let the pressure come down for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.

Remove to a plate and let it rest for five minutes.

Slice thinly. You can either return the sliced meat to the broth, then put on the sandwiches, or you can serve broth on the side.

Sandwich_On_Tray

I like to butter the rolls and toast in the oven for a few minutes, then put shredded mozzarella on the bottom part of the roll and toast for a couple more minutes.

They are great with a little prepared horseradish on the roll.

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Pressure Cooker French Dip
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
For Meat
  • 3 pound (approximately) boneless chuck roast
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
For Sandwiches
  • 4-6 Sandwich Rolls
  • Butter
  • Shredded Mozzarella
Instructions
For Meat
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat
  2. Brown roast on both sides
  3. Remove to plate
  4. Add beer to pressure cooker, scraping any meat bits stuck to the bottom of the pot
  5. Return meat to pan
  6. Add water and Better Than Bouillon (you can substitute 2 cups beef stock for the water and BTB)
  7. Meat should not be submerged, use a little less water if it looks like it will cover meat completely. Leave just a bit showing above water level
  8. Add soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper
  9. Add bay leaves
  10. Put cover on pressure cooker
  11. Turn heat to high and bring to high pressure
  12. When high pressure is reached, turn down heat to maintain high pressure
  13. Set timer for 45 minutes
  14. When time is up, remove from heat
  15. Let pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release
  16. You can either add the meat back to the pan or just put slices on the sandwich and serve the pan sauce in small bowls on the side for dipping
For Sandwich
  1. Shred about 8 ounces part-skim mozzarella
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Put 4-6 French rolls on baking tray
  4. Spread Butter on both sides of French rolls
  5. Put in oven for about 5 minutes, or until bread starts to brown
  6. Sprinkle mozzarella on bottom of rolls
  7. Put back in oven for 2-3 minutes
  8. When cheese is melted, remove from oven
  9. Divide beef between rolls
  10. Spread horseradish or mustard on tops of rolls (optional)
  11. Put tops on sandwiches and serve