Beef and Prune Stew - tender delicious fall apart chunks of stewing beef in a rich flavoursome gravy naturally sweetened with dried prunes.
Rich Beef and Prune Stew
A recipe of simple ingredients that you can throw in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker for a delicious hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy.
The only hard part is deciding what to serve it with.
Don't let the prune part put you off, I know they are not for everyone, but they do something magical to the rich gravy of this stew by adding a delicious natural sweetness, not to mention they are a great source of fibre and of course we all need fibre in our diets.
Instant Pot Beef Stew
You may be wondering, What is an Instant Pot? An Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) is a 7in1 cooker, that slow cooks, pressure cooks, sautes and has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge etc. It will literally cook these meatballs in minutes, so perfect for when you need a meal on the table quickly.
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Since buying my Instant Pot, I use it on a regular basis, it’s not one of those gadgets that sit in my cupboard forgotten. In fact, it never goes away.
Instant Pot is a brand of an electric pressure cooker, but there are various other brands and options out there.
Making Beef and Prune Stew
Regardless of whether you are cooking this in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker the only vital step in this recipe, is ensuring you brown the meat to seal in the flavour and fry and soften your onion. All these steps add flavour to the dish. So you don't want to skip that part out.
Remember when browning the beef, do it in batches, if you cram it all in at once, it will just steam and won't sear the meat.
Once that part has been done, it really is just a case of adding in the rest of the ingredients and let the slow cooker or pressure cooker do its job, resulting in a delicious comforting bowl of beef stew.
Sides For Beef and Prune Stew
Wondering what to serve this with? There really is no right or wrong choices.
I like to serve with this Mashed Potato and then some kale that I just sauteed with a little garlic in some spray oil and then add in a little stock (about ⅓ cup) and reduce down until the kale is cooked. Finishing off with some black pepper.
Some other great choices for sides are:
- GARLIC AND HERB ROAST POTATOES
- RUSTIC GARLIC AND PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES
- ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH PAPRIKA
- ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES, PARSNIPS, CARROTS AND ONION
- SAUTÉED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
- SCALLOPED POTATOES
- SWEET POTATO MASH
- SAUTEED SHREDDED GARLIC BRUSSEL SPROUTS
- SOUR CREAM AND SPRING ONION CAULIFLOWER MASH
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More Stew Recipes
Fancy some other stew recipes? Check out these:
- BEEF AND SWEET POTATO STEW
- OXTAIL STEW (INSTANT POT AND SLOW COOKER)
- BEEF CELERY ORZO STEW
- ONE POT CAMPFIRE STEW
- SLOW COOKER IRISH BEEF STEW
- TUSCAN BEEF CASSEROLE (STOVE TOP OR INSTANT POT)
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