Sorry I haven’t posted any recent recipes.  I seem to always be so busy these days.  With work mostly.  And when the weekends come around, I just want to vegetate and not do anything at all!

But today I am going to post a new recipe, darn it, I will!!!

This recipe I totally made up on my own.  I used ingredients I already had at home and some of the ingredients were frozen. So this makes it a really great spur-of-the-moment-have-to-make-dinner-real-quick kind of recipe.  Seriously, don’t be afraid to experiment.

This particular dish is the entree and the sides all cooked together, except I separated it using a trivet and a small stainless steel pan.


  • 4-6 6oz Steaks.  (8oz ones are okay too.)
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 Cup Beef Gravy
  • 2-3 Cups Gnocchi
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli



Inside of the cooking pot of the pressure cooker, pour the 1-cup gravy in.  Then place the Steaks over the gravy, making sure to coat each side.  Top it with the sliced onions.  (In fact, some mushrooms would’ve been cool too!  But I didn’t have any.)

Now, if you have a small stainless steel pan w/o handles, this would be useful.  I had one but I have no idea where it came.  Fill the pan with the half cup of water.  Add the gnocchi to the pan.

Place the trivet into the cooking pot over the steak and put the pan of gnocchi onto the trivet.

Shut the lid and turn to lock it into position.  Adjust the Pressure Valve to the “Airtight” position.  (Remember, this valve never gets tight.  It will spin if you manually go and touch it.)

Program the pressure cooker to cook for 10-minutes.  Or you can also press the Meat & Chicken menu function button.  It doesn’t matter which you choose.

While the steaks and the gnocchi cook.  Prepare the broccoli and cheese.  Chop up the broccoli into smaller bite-size florets.  Put them into a small bowl and mix in the cheese.  Set aside until the pressure cooker is ready for them.

Once the pressure cooker has finished pressure cooking steaks and gnocchi, it will beep and automatically go to Keep Warm.

Using an oven mitt, carefully turn the Pressure Valve on the top to “Exhaust” so all the pressure releases.  As soon as the float valve drops, you turn to unlock the lid.  Lift up the lid carefully and lift out the pan with the gnocchi.  Shut the lid again so the heat inside the machine does not get lost.

Quickly drain all the water from the gnocchi.  Toss the broccoli and cheese in with the gnocchi and put the whole pan back into the pressure cooker again.  Shut the lid and leave it at Keep Warm for about 5-minutes.  The broccoli will steam inside and the cheese will melt using all the retained heat and keep warm function.  If the broccoli needs a bit more time, leave it in longer.

Once it is ready, give all the cheese, broccoli and gnocchi a good mix and remove the pan.

Remove the steaks and serve with the gravy and onions.  Add a side of the gnocchi and dinner is done!

The end!

(Don’t be afraid to change up the recipe.  Maybe add some garlic and mushrooms.  Or use wine instead of gravy.  The world is your oyster.)



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  1. Mary on the 05. Jul, 2012 remarked #

    I don’t have a trivet with long enough legs to fit over the meat & gravy, or a pan that will fit in the cooker. Will the gnocchi fall apart if I just put them in on top of the meat?

    • Patty on the 16. Jul, 2012 remarked #

      Sorry, it took so long to reply. It should be fine, it’ll just get a little mushy.

      • Verna on the 15. Mar, 2015 remarked #

        Can you use Pork chops?, the 1/2in, or 1 in thick?

  2. Susan on the 20. Nov, 2012 remarked #

    Thank you for these recipes! I just bought me an automatic pressure cooker and can’t wait to try it out. I am having a dinner party for Christmas this year. My friend usually does it but I volenteered to this year. She always makes a prime rib which is always a hit but I am not good at cooking them. I was thinking of swiss steak or a roast. Do you have any good holiday meet recipes?
    Thank you Susan

  3. Stephen Osterday on the 22. Nov, 2013 remarked #

    How can I cook a Flank Steak in a pressure cooker? How long? Recipe?

  4. Karen on the 07. Mar, 2015 remarked #

    Thanks for the great recipes. I am new at this game. When you say trivet, are you putting another metal pan in the pressure cooker. Can you use a metal bowl to set on top of meat? Or does it have to be specified for pressure cooker

    • patee333 on the 07. Mar, 2015 remarked #

      Metal pans will be fine.

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