Some of you may recall my fondness for cooking in a pressure cooker (see "Under Pressure"). I've had it for close to six months now, and I find I like it more the more often I use it. Mind you I'm still afraid the thing's going to explode someday--and leave remnants of food on my ceiling--but hey, I like the danger element of it. I'm such a rebel, LOL.
Last week we had some oven-cooked pork chops that were about as tough as my husband's cowboy boots. Cooked to within an inch of their lives, and not seasoned well enough; it was such a pity that good pork chops were wasted. But this week I decided to try cooking the chops in my pressure cooker and the results were terrific. I seasoned the pork chops with salt and pepper, and in two batches, I browned them in the pressure cooker (which had been preheated with some olive oil added to the pot). After cooking the last three chops I removed them to a plate and added julienned onions, minced garlic, two red potatoes cut in sections, and some leftover fresh herbs. I put the chops back in the pot, added some diced tomatoes and their juice and some white wine. I clamped the lid on the pot, and thirty minutes later it was ready. The pork was wonderfully tender, the meat falling off the bone. It was a meal savored by all in the house.