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Pressure Cookers are Back!

Oct 09, 2015 02:00AM
Pressure cookers are making a comeback – and why not? With busy schedules a pressure cooker can take hours of meal preparation. This autumn recipe for Apple Sauerkraut Pork Chops can be cooked in under 20 minutes.

Apple Sauerkraut Pork Chops

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 pork loin chops (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds total), 3/4-inch thick 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 sweet potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 3 MacIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and cut in half 1/2 cup apple juice 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon About 2 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and squeezed dry

Preparation: Heat oil in a 6-quart pressure cooker over high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Add 2 chops to pressure cooker and brown uncovered 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a platter and brown remaining chops. Place sweet potatoes in bottom of the pressure cooker then layer pork chops and apples over them. In a small bowl, combine apple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon; mix well and pour over pork chops. Top with sauerkraut, making sure not to fill cooker more than two-thirds full. Lock lid in place and bring to full pressure over high heat. When pressure regulator begins to rock, reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes. Cool cooker at once by placing under cold running water until steam no longer escapes from vent and pressure is completely reduced. Remove lid and serve pork chops with sweet potatoes, apples, and sauerkraut, spooning sauce over everything.