Pressure Cooker Meals for Two

For those who want something more nutritious than "convenience food" but don't want to spend a lot of time cooking, pressure cooker meals are a good option.

| November/December 1978

About 20 years ago, American cooks began to rebel against the hours they spent in the kitchen, which prompted big food companies to start pushing "convenience" fare. Now however, due largely to a general mistrust of the food industry and fear of the chemical additives it uses to color, flavor, and preserve its products, there's a growing trend back toward natural, unadulterated provisions. And to lessen the time required to prepare such meals, there's now a wide range of kitchen equipment available—including the improved, modernized pressure cooker. With one of these cookers, food can be cooked three times as fast as by traditional methods while retaining more of its nutritional value and using less energy.

Each of the following pressure cooker meals can be prepared for two people—the whole menu at the same time in the same pot—in a three quart cooker. It is important, however, to keep the level of the contents at least two inches below the lid to avoid possibly clogging the pressure pot's steam vent. Better use a larger cooker if you have big appetites!

Pork Chops With Browned Potatoes, Cheesed Cauliflower, Figs, Carrots, and Steam-Baked Apples

Dessert Apples

2 good-sized baking apples
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons bitter orange marmalade
2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Main Dish

1/3 cup raw bran flakes or bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 center-cut loin or rib pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter
2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced 3/8-inch thick
2 medium carrots, scraped and halved lengthwise
1/2 cup white wine
6 (or so) cauliflowerets
1/2 cup grated Swiss Gruyere cheese
4 whole Kadota figs (usually available canned) 

10/24/2008 3:38:53 AM

I am waiting for my new fagor pressure cooker to arrive and was wanting to make pork chops for my first meal. I had to look for quite awhile to find a good one. I will be making it as soon as my cookers arrive then will let you know how I did. Thank you so much. Kitty

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