While I appreciate a fancy steak as much as the next person, if given the choice I will pick a simple chuck roast any day, especially since I discovered how incredibly flavorful and tender the humble cut can be when braised with flavorful herbs. This economical cut benefits from the “low and slow” cooking method, but I have a busy life that doesn’t always allow me to start preparing dinner five or more hours in advance. So once again, I turned by my favorite new kitchen gadget to develop a recipe that gave the result but in a fraction of the time… the Instant Pot!
What is a “chuck roast”?
The “chuck” comes from the lower neck and upper shoulder of the cow. Chuck roasts come from this area as well as other flavorful cuts like flat iron steak, all of which have a robust and beefy flavor that benefit from a moist cooking technique. The chuck roast is a large, flat-shaped piece that is typically cut 2 to 2 1/2 -inch thick. The roasts we get from our grassfed cow share include the bones, but you are more likely to find it boneless in the grocery store or butcher’s shop. Bones typically ad extra flavor, but boneless will work better if you are using a pressure cooker technique such as in this recipe.
What is an Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is an electric multi-function cooker that is a pressure cooker and can also function as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and even a yogurt maker, depending on the model you have. I got mine a little over a year ago and use it at least a couple times a week. If you are reading this, chances are pretty good that you already have an Instant Pot so I won’t go on gushing because you probably already love it as much as I do! If you are on the fence about getting one, go check out the different models available on Amazon and read some of the reviews.
This is the model I have…
And if you already have an Instant Pot and haven’t yet figured out how to fully maximize its capabilities, you will appreciate this tutorial and recipe roundup from my friends Matt and Stacy over at their blog, Paleo Parents. I’ve had mine for a year and a half now and sure wish I’d had an easy resource like that to get me started back then!
Notes on ingredients and healing diets
If you are following the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), be aware that you can use alcohol in cooked dishes. However, if you prefer not to, a hearty broth will also create a tasty roast. The most nutrient dense choice would be homemade bone broth, but an organic packaged broth like Pacific Natural Foods Organic Bone Broth Chicken will also work. Whatever you use, just make sure you check the ingredient list and make sure that it doesn’t contain any additives that will derail your healing.
If you are following a low-FODMAP diet you will need to omit the onion and garlic. To get a similar flavor, you can use the green part of a scallion and substitute an oil which is infused with garlic.
If you are following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), you just need to make sure that you are using a very dry wine. No other modifications are necessary.
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