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Pressure Cooker Braised Beef Shanks

‚ÄčIt is technically spring now and I am definitely ready for spring vegetables and grilled meat. However, today happened to be cold, wet, and un-spring-like, which is actually par for the course in Chicago. So, even though spring food has been on my mind lately, today felt like it required a comforting stew or meltingly tender piece of braised meat. But being a weeknight, there's not really time for the slow cooking of a proper braise. That's where the magic of the pressure cooker comes in.

Pressure Cooker Braised Beef Shanks

Moroccan braised beef and sweet potatoes

I suppose I could also call this a beef and sweet potato tagine, but is it a tagine if it's not prepared in the cooking vessel that also goes by the name of tagine? This reminds me of the whole paella discussion. In any case, it's a braised beef stew, not unlike good ol' American beef stew or the French stalwort, boeuf bourguignon, except this version is more heavily spiced with aromatic, sweet and earthy spices. It's quite delicious and great change of pace from the usual braised-beef-in-red-wine flavor.

Moroccan braised beef and sweet potatoes