No 1 son very generously bought me a multi cooker for my birthday and mothers day. It is a Newwave cooker but there are many more brands on the market. This one slow cooks, steams, high and low pressure cooks and has a soup function.
I actually wanted an electric pressure cooker but I got a lot more than I bargained for. I had a stove top pressure cooker when we were first married about 25 years ago but it just seemed to turn everything to mush, so I didn’t use it much at all. After watching various cooking shows I thought an electric one would be a good idea.
Well it turned out to be a great idea.
Last night I made Sweet and Sour Pork Chops and it was really yummy so I thought I’d share it with you.
Sweet and Sour Pork Chops.
- Pork Chops – enough for your family
- 1 Onion
- 4 stems of Celery
- 4 Carrots
- 1/4 Cabbage
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1/2 to 1 cup Tomato Sauce/Tomato Soup
- 1 tin Pineapple
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 tblsp of Vinegar
- 1 tblsp of Olive Oil
- 2 tblsp of Brown Sugar
- 1 cup hot water (optional)
Press the brown function on your cooker and add the tablespoon of olive oil. Chop onions into chunks and add to the cooker and brown. Slice celery, carrots and cabbage and add. Place 1/4 cup of flour in a plastic bag and add the pork chops, give the bag a shake until chops are coated with flour and then add these to the cooker and brown. (The flour will give you a thicker sauce)
Add pineapple pieces and juice, tomato sauce, vinegar, salt, and brown sugar, mix altogther. At this stage you may need to add some hot water, this is optional, you need to have enough liquid so that the cooker builds up pressure.
Close the lid and press high pressure and set for 30 minutes. I did it this long last night and the chops were still intact but the meat easily came away from the bone.
When finished allow the pressure cooker to vent naturally, and serve with mashed potato or rice.
PS. I vented the pressure cooker with the release valve to vent and ended up with the liquid coming out of the top (we had the power off until 7pm so I was in a hurry) so I had a small mess to clean up.
PPS. I had enough sauce left over to make a sweet and sour tuna for tonight. I will just cook some rice and heat up the tuna with the left over sauce and maybe add another tin of pineapple (my husbands favourite) and mix it together and serve.
PPPS. I am not really a measure and cook type of person, I do tend to just chuck stuff in and change things. You can add whatever else you like to this dish.