2largerusset potatoespeeled and cut into large dice similar to beef
11.2ounce bottleGuinness Extra Stout Beer
1tablespoonfresh thyme leavesor .75 teaspoon of dried
Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Press the Sauté button on your pressure cooker. When display reads HOT, add the oil. Swirl around the bottom.
Add the beef chunks to the hot oil in batches and cook just until all sides are browned. Remove the browned meat with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl while continuing with the additional batches.
Add the diced onions to the remaining oil in the pressure cooker and cook until tender and browned, about 7 minutes stirring often to keep them from sticking.
Pour the chicken stock into the pressure cooker and use a flat wooden turner to scrape ALL of the cooked on bits off the bottom of the liner. Seriously get in there and scrape it as much as possible…as in 1 to 2 minutes of scraping or you risk getting a burn notice.
Add the browned beef, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, potatoes, carrots, barley, thyme leaves, bay leaves and beer to the pressure cooker.
Press the “Cancel” button. Secure the lid and make sure the pressure knob is in the “Sealing” position. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and use the – and + buttons to adjust the time to 15 minutes on High Pressure.
When the pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Carefully turn the knob to release the remaining pressure and remove the lid.
Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and serve.
Substitute your favorite stout beer if desired.
The broth is thin, more like a soup. With all of the carbs in the potatoes and barley I chose not to add any thickener. Feel free to remove 4 tablespoons of the cooking liquid and place it in a small bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to create a slurry. Press the Sauté button and stir the mixture until it thickens.
If you do not want to use Guinness, you can substitute red wine or additional beef stock.
Four large or six smaller servings depending on appetite.