Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Electric pressure cooker
My grandma always used a pressure cooker, and now I know why, and it's not just because you have a fabulous meal in an hour.  You would think a pot roast is a pot roast and it would taste the same as the pot roast you make in the oven or the crockpot, but you'd be wrong.  The flavors are intensified and it is tender, tender, tender-  melts in your mouth like buddah, baby.

We made an incredibly basic roast with minimal seasonings and onions as the only additions and it was to die for good.
Sliced onions

Peel and slice two large onions then lay them in the bottom of your pressure cooker.  (I am using my fabulous, wonderful, best ever Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker.)
Seasoned boneless chuck roast
Rub your seasonings into your meat- we used a garlic salt w/parsley blend and fresh cracked black pepper.

Put your meat on your onions and add 2 cans beef broth (we used 2 cans of Swanson's 98% fat free because I got them on clearance), you can use any you want- low sodium, homemade, even bullion cubes dissolved in water.

Lock the lid into place and set the time on for 50 minutes to 1 hour.  Let 'er rip while you get your potatoes or whatever you are serving with it ready then release pressure when the time is up.

Remove meat & onions and at this point you can make your gravy right in the pressure cooker by mixing cornstarch, Wondra or flour and water, myo gravy mix or use our simple, never fail perfect gravy recipe using the liquid from the pressure cooker.
Pot roast w/mashed potatoes & gravy, sesame green beans

Pressure cooker pot roast

1 boneless chuck roast (~4 lbs)
2 large onions, sliced
2 cans beef broth
seasonings of choice

Put onions in bottom of pressure cooker.
Rub seasonings into meat and lay on top of onions
Pour on broth.
Lock the lid and turn on high, cook for ~1 hour.
Release pressure and remove meat & onions from cooker.
Make gravy and serve with sides of choice- we like roasted potatoes & carrots, mashed potatoes or use as au juice for french dip sandwiches.

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  1. I have always wanted to try cooking with a pressure cooker! Our small kitchen is already overrun with the small appliances we've collected, but that is the next one on my wish list!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe and for the perfect gravy method! I used to suck at gravy... never again! My poor husband has suffered through many years of my attempts, but now he needn't be afraid again! It was perfect! Oh my gosh... I CAN MAKE GRAVY! :)