If there’s one recipe that everyone should make one time from scratch, it’s Beef Burgundy. It’s also one of the more time consuming recipes around, so I was looking for a way to save time. The answer is to make beef burgundy in a pressure cooker, instead of a slow cooker or dutch oven, and cut the total cooking time to 45 minutes.
This is a VERY popular dish in our household during cold Chicago winters. The biggest challenge is that beef burgundy is a time consuming dish to prepare. You can always just dump all of the ingredients in a pot, but you won’t get the same amazing complexity as if you were to take all of the steps individually.
The Basic Beef Burgundy Recipe
The key to any beef burgundy recipe is the technique around each ingredient. The browning of the meat, the scraping up of the fond, the reducing of the wine and more. And then there is the long simmer to bring out the flavors. This can take 8-12 hours in a slow cooker, but as a pressure cooker recipe (or as an Instant Pot recipe), it’s down to about 45 minutes.
The prep is still the prep. It’ll take an least an hour to do the mis-en-place of getting the ingredients ready, browning meat and cooking bacon before you start your pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
And a big part of the prep is the time it takes to cut down a large chunk of chuck roast into roughly 2″ by 2″ cubes, salt it, dredge it in flour and then browning it in the pot. It takes time, but it’s one of the biggest payoffs both in terms of flavor and in texture.
Were you to just stick a whole large chunk of meat in there, it would be too big for the pressure cooker to completely tenderize it. This is why you need smaller pieces. Another reason is that doing so increases the surface area of the meat that comes in contact with the hot pan bottom. This is where the legendary Maillard reaction takes place. And it creates a lot of that delicious fond that flavors the final beef burgundy
Getting the Browned Bits out of your Pressure Cooker
You’ll notice after browning all of the meat that the bottom of your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker is a complete mess. Don’t fret. While you may think you’ll have days of soaking and hours of scrubbing to clean it up, you’ll see that the onions and wine make quick work of it.
With a wooden spoon, you can start to scrape up the fond after the onions start to cook. After about 5 minutes, they’ll probably have about half of the fond removed. Once you add in half a cup of the red wine, the rest should all release.
Converting it to a Pressure Cooker Recipe
I’ve tried out a lot of variations in this beef burgundy recipe to adapt it to your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. One of the most notable differences between my slow cooker beef burgundy and this beef burgundy in a pressure cooker recipe is the cooking time. Six hours down to 45 minutes.
Another change is to not use pearl onions. This is kind of controversial as caramelized pearl onions add a lot of flavor and depth. But they are also a pain to peel and are time consuming to cook. Instead, I’m using yellow onions, which are naturally sweeter. By cooking them a little bit longer to caramelize the flavor, and reducing the red wine in them, much of the missing flavor from the pearl onions is replaced.
One other way you can change this beef burgundy recipe is to make it a low carb soup and not adding potatoes. If you leave the potatoes out, cut the amount of stock by 1 cup.
Also, if you’re in the market for a new pressure cooker, or looking to upgrade, the 10qt model that I have is available here on Amazon
Making Beef Burgundy in a Pressure Cooker
After you get everything all pulled together and in the pressure cooker, seal it up, raise the pressure and cook for 45 minutes. You can either do a quick release and serve right away, or do a natural release and let the meat keep tenderizing.
If you’ve done this in a slow cooker before, I think you’ll find that making beef burgundy recipe in a pressure cooker is a huge time saver and equally as delicious.
Beef Burgundy is one of the most complex and delicious stews around. Cut the time to make it significantly with a pressure cooker or instant pot
- 3 Pounds Chuck Roast
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 3 Medium Yellow Onions about 2 cups Sliced
- 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
- 1 Cup Chopped Celery
- 1/4 Cup Crushed Garlic
- 1.5 Pounds Small Round Potatoes
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Chopped Rosemary fresh
- 1 Tablespoon Chopped Thyme fresh
- 6 Slices Thick Bacon 8 if you're a snacker
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Bottle Pinot Noir / French Burgundy
- 3 Cups Beef Stock
- 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Cut the Chuck Roast into 2" pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and mix in well. Add enough flour to lightly dredge the meat all over. This is something you should do before all of the vegetable prep so that the salt can work into the meat
Prepare the vegetables: slice the onions and place in a medium bowl. Put the carrots, celery, garlic, rosemary, thyme and parsley in a separate bowl. Rinse the potatoes well in a colander, slice in half and place back in the colander
In your pressure cooker vessel, bring it up to medium heat (adjust so the bacon fat doesn't smoke) and cook the bacon slices. Place the bacon on a plate with paper towels after they are cooked. Pour out the bacon fat (carefully) into a separate dish, leaving a small amount to brown the first batch of beef
Raise the temperature to about medium high and place chunks of beef in one by one. After 3 to 5 minutes, turn each piece over. Once a piece is browned nicely (with a slight amount of crispy exterior), take it out and replace it with a raw piece. Keep doing this until all meat is browned. You can put it back in the same bowl.
When all the meat is down, you should have a real mess in your pressure cooker. This is what you what, all of that delicious browned fond in the bottom. Reduce to medium heat and add the onions. As they start to sweat, they will naturally start to break up the fond. After about 5 minutes, add 1/2 cup of the red wine. Keep using your wooden spoon to scrape up the bottom of the pot. Soon, all of the fond will have released. Cook for another 5 minutes until the wine has evaporated
Add the butter and let it melt completely into the onion mixture
Add the contents of the bowl with the vegetables and herbs, the potatoes, the rest of the wine and the beef stock. Stir well.
Add the tomato paste and baking soda. Stir well.
Seal and pressure cook for 45 minutes