A savory mid-winter stew to warm you up on chilly nights. Venison, mire poix, red wine, potatoes, and few other secret ingredients are pressure cooked to perfection in no time at all using the Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Venison stew is delicious.
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INSTANT POT VENISON STEW
The middle of winter has arrived and she isn't playing. Cozy, warm, stew is calling your name. I made Instant Pot Venison stew, but you can just throw in beef stew meat, it's no biggie and for sure not a game changer. Living in an old farmhouse with no insulation in the walls pretty much calls for stew every night. I mean I would pretty much eat water stew if it meant I would be warm...ever.
The Instant Pot is a game-changer in the kitchen. In the easiest case, you throw it all in the pot and then set it and forget it. In the hardest case, you saute' in the pot for a few minutes and then set it and forget it. Either way, you can pretty much pretend you have been cooking all day because the results are the same as the best braising, slow cooking, all-day-cooking you know. And I'm all about the chance to pretend as though I have it under control at dinner time.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR VENISON STEW
- Venison: The main protein. If you can't find it locally you can buy Venison through Amazon grocery.
- Onions & Garlic: Lots of flavors.
- Carrots + Celery + Potatoes: The best vegetables for a stew.
- Onion Soup Mix: the secret ingredient.
- Red Wine: Used for deglazing the pot and getting all those flavors off the bottom.
- Beef Stock: You can also use chicken or vegetable.
- Tomato Paste: Acts as a thickener and...flavor-er.
- Flour: Thickens the Venison stew.
- Salt & Pepper: Flavortown.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT VENISON STEW
This is pretty easy. The method is the same whether you are using venison stew meat or beef stew meat. Start by setting the Instant Pot to the "saute'" setting (bottom left corner). Throw in the olive oil, meat, and onions. Let it go for a few minutes, stirring it a little here and there. Throw in the garlic and stir until you can smell it. Go ahead and put in the flour, mixing it all together.
Let the meat and it's friends brown up a little bit. You want some brown bits on the bottom of the Instant Pot. Quickly pour in the red wine and start scraping the bottom with a flat spoon or spatula. Turn off the saute' setting. Once the bottom is cleaned up of brown bits, pour in the beef stock and the rest of the ingredients. It's about to get real.
Set the Instant Pot to manual, for 35 minutes and MAKE SURE the toggle on the top of the lid is pushed to "sealing". This will ensure it, pressure cooks. Once it goes off, release the pressure by pushing the toggle toward "venting". I do this with a long-handled wooden spoon to make sure my hands aren't near the steam. Stir it, let it cool just a little, and then you're ready to eat. It's so easy and it tastes like it's been...stewing...all day.
VENISON STEW GOES GREAT WITH:
- Farmhouse Dinner Rolls
- Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash With Kale and Pecans
- Savory Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart
- Root Beer Apple Crisp With Cardamom Spice
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1 medium onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. Venison or beef stew meat, in 1" peices
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup red wine
4 cups beef stock
1 can tomato paste
4 medium red potatoes, chopped
1 package Onion Soup Mix
2 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, sliced
½ tsp salt
- Saute: Using the saute setting on your Instant Pot, saute olive oil, Venison, and onions until Venison is browned and onions are translucent.
- Saute Garlic: Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Stir In Flour: Add flour and stir to combine, cooking 5 minutes or until browning develops on the bottom of the pot.
- Deglaze: Quickly pour in red wine and scrape the bottom of the pot until the browning is removed.
- Switch Settings: Turn off the saute' setting, and add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir until the tomato paste is completely incorporated.
- Begin Pressure Cooking: Set the Instant Pot to "Manual" for 35 minutes, ensure the toggle is pushed all the way toward "Sealing"
- Release Pressure: Being careful* push the toggle on top of the Instant Pot toward "venting".
*Once the cooking time has ended, release the pressure by pushing the toggle toward "Venting" with a long handled spoon or other device to keep your hands away from the steam that will escape at high velocity.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: North American
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