Quick Cooker Beef Stew With Parmesan Polenta
You can’t beat the flavors of the tender beef paired with the creamy polenta and other stew ingredients!
- 1½ lbs. (700 g) boneless top sirloin
- ¼ cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
- ¼ tsp (1 mL) black pepper
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, divided
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1½ cups (375 mL) low-sodium beef broth
- 1½ cups (375 mL) frozen mixed peas and carrots
- 1 cup (250 mL) instant polenta
- 3 cups (750 mL) hot water
- ¼ cup (50 mL) butter (½ stick)
- 1 cup (250 mL) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Cut the beef into 1" (2.5-cm) cubes. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the beef and toss to coat.
Set the Quick Cooker to SEAR and press START. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil in the inner pot for 3 minutes. Add half of the beef and cook uncovered for 6–8 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove the beef from the inner pot and repeat with the remaining oil and beef.* Remove the beef from the inner pot and set aside.
Add the onions, thyme, garlic, and any remaining flour mixture to the Quick Cooker and cook uncovered for 2–3 minutes,or until the onions are softened (add more time to the Quick Cooker, if needed). Stir in the broth, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the inner pot.* Return the beef and onions to the inner pot. Press CANCEL.
For the polenta, whisk the polenta into hot water in the Ceramic Pot and cover with the stretch-fit lid. Place the wire rack into the inner pot with all three feet touching the bottom. Place the ceramic pot into the wire cradle and lower it onto the wire rack.** Lock the lid and select the BEEF/PORK setting. Adjust the time to 20 minutes and press START.
When the timer is up, let the steam release naturally for 10 minutes, then press the steam-release button to release any remaining pressure. Press CANCEL.
Carefully lift the ceramic pot out and stir the butter and Parmesan cheese into the polenta.† Set aside.
Stir the frozen vegetables into the Quick Cooker. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
- 4 servings
Nutrients per serving:
U.S. nutrients per serving (about 1¼ cups/300 mL beef stew and ¾ cup/175 mL polenta): Calories 790, Total Fat 34 g, Saturated Fat 16 g, Cholesterol 185 mg, Sodium 920 mg, Carbohydrate 52 g, Fiber 5 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 65 g
Safety Tips: *The stainless steel inner pot will be hot during and after cooking. Use a long-handled utensil when stirring and removing food.
**Use oven mitts or tongs to lower the wire rack into the inner pot.
†Use oven mitts or grips to remove the ceramic pot from the inner pot.