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Beef Stew (Instant Pot)

Chop:

   - 1 onion

   - 2 ribs celery


Cut into bite-size pieces:

   - 6-8 potatoes

   - 3-4 carrots

   - 2-3 pounds beef


Season the beef with salt and pepper and brown in oil for 10 minutes a batch.


Remove the beef and saute the onion and celery. After a few minutes, add:

   - 1 Tbs minced garlic


Add to the onion:

   - 2 Tbs ketchup

   - 1 tsp beef bouillon

   - 1 tsp salt

   - 1/2 tsp thyme


After another minute or two, add:

   - 1 scant cup water

   - 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

   - 2 bay leaves


Deglaze the bottom and combine onion/seasoning mixture, beef, and vegetables in the Instant Pot.


Cook on high for 25 minutes and allow a natural release of at least 10 minutes.


Make a slurry of:

   - 1 Tbs cornstarch

   - 1 Tbs water


Stir in the cornstarch slurry as soon as possible, replace the lid, and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.


Notes

You can brown the beef in the Instant Pot or on the stove top.

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