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The Bottom Round Roast – Revisited for the Instant Pot

In 2012, I wrote a post called Bottom Round Roast and My First Gravy. To this date, this continues to be my most viewed post. I wrote it after making the dish successfully for the first time and I have made it so many times since. It only seemed reasonable to revisit this recipe to adjust it to my new trusty friend, the Instant Pot.

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The beautiful thing about this roast recipe is that it is so simple, you can easily adapt it to your taste. It is a hearty dish that would make anyone cozy and a cold winter evening. While it is all based on using a bottom round roast, everything else can be modified. Want to switch things up? Add some soy sauce, ginger paste and sesame oil for an Asian twist. Root vegetables are perfect for this recipe so try different ones! Potatoes (baby, sweet, Yukon…), parsnips, carrots, turnips…so many options! This dish can be made as simply or as complex as you’d like.

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Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast and Homemade Gravy

  • Servings: A small army
  • Source: Hungry Quebbie
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This recipe is full of flavors. Feel free to change up the seasoning and vegetables as you wish. Feel free to use this recipe as your canvas to experiment or to use what you have on hand.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2-3 lbs Bottom Round Roast (you can place it full or cut into large cubes)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 lb of baby potatoes, washed
  • 8 oz of Baby Bella mushrooms, washed and chopped in half
  • Fresh or dried herbs (I used fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary)
  • 4 cups of liquid (I used 2 cups of beef broth and 2 cups of water)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour

Directions

  1. 
Turn the Instant Pot on “Sauté” mode. Add the oil. When hot, add the garlic, and onion to brown slightly. Then, add the beef to quickly sear on all sides.
  2. Hit “cancel” to turn off the “sauté” mode. Add the potatoes, carrots, turnips, liquid and herbs to the pot.
  3. Set to “Pressure Cook” mode on High for 15 minutes. Press “Start”.
  4. Learn from my mistakes and let the pressure release naturally. (I made the mistake of pushing for quick release and ended up with a starchy mess all over my kitchen).
  5. When the pressure has been released, add in the mushrooms. At this point, your meat should be completely cooked. This is also a good time for a taste test to see if you need any more seasoning.
  6. Set to “Pressure Cook” mode on Medium for 5 minutes. Press “Start”. When it is done, let the pressure release naturally.
  7. To make the gravy, remove all the meat and vegetables with a slotted spoon, then strain the remaining liquid through a mesh strainer.
  8. Return the liquid to the Instant Pot and set to “Sauté” mode on Medium heat. Whisk in the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon at a time. The liquid will start boiling and thickening. Whisk constantly for 2 minutes or until you reach a gravy consistency. Note that the liquid will also thicken as it cools down.
  9. Serve the meat and vegetables with the gravy.

While I was excited to make this recipe in a much shorter time frame with the pressure cooker, it is also a great recipe to make in a slow cooker. In this case, you would want to cook the meat for 8 hours on LOW and add the mushrooms during the last hour.

 

7 thoughts on “The Bottom Round Roast – Revisited for the Instant Pot”

  1. Cooked this as my first Insta Pot meal. Followed the directions completely and it turned out very tasty! I trimmed the fat off the meat and cut into 2″ chunks. The carrots were fine but next time I will leave the potatoes, onion and turnip a bit larger, since they were a bit over cooked. We added a little parsey and garlic to the other herbs. From start to finish it took 4 hours. I will definitely use this recipe again! Thank you 🙂

  2. Very good! Next time I’ll leave veggies a bit larger they were a bit mushy, but the meat we chopped into 2″ chunks after trimming the fat. Followed the recipe exactly except added some parsley and garlic. Start to finish 3 hours and first time using an IbstavPot!

  3. I’m wanting to try this recipe but I’m only seeing 15 minutes to cook the meat after browning. See step 1, 2 and 3. Yet, I am seeing 3-4 hours cooking time in the comments. There seems to be a huge discrepancy on what is typed in the directions and what people are doing in the comments. Help!

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