my Nesco pressure cooker more often so I brought it out. This one is great because of all the cooking methods it can do: steam, brown, slow cook and pressure cook. I love that I can brown my meat in the pressure cooker so I don't have to dirty another pot. I wish I had thought ahead and taken pix all throughout the preparation of this meal, but I didn't. I actually didn't even think to take a nice picture of the final product until the hubs was about to take his 1st bite and snapped the top-left one, but it's a little fuzzy. The top-right one is my plate with seconds on it. :o) The tenderloin in the picture is a 2nd one I have (they were a BOGO deal). Anywho, let me tell you how easy this was!
2.5 lb pork temderloin, quartered
1 onion, quartered
2 small apples, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 C beef stock (if you don't have, use wine, chicken or vegetable stock or even water)
Salt and pepper
If you want to make gravy
3 tbsp butter, melted
3 tbsp flour (you could use cornstarch and water, instead of butter and flour)
When I unwrapped the tenderloin, it was actually in two, long pieces. I cut both pieces in half, giving me 4 even pieces that fit in the pressure cooker. Add a tbsp of your choice of oil to the bottom of the pressure cooker and set it to "brown". Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper and brown all sides of the pork, two pieces at a time, in the cooker.
Remove the browned pork, place the meat trivet inside the cooker, then set the 4 pork pieces on the trivet. Drop the onion, apple and garlic cloves on top (don't worry if some fall through the trivet to the bottom). Pour beef stock in and seal cooker. Cook pork for 25 minutes. If you have a manual pressure cooker, start your timer after it starts to jiggle. In my electric pressure cooker, I can set the timer and then it won't start counting down until it's reached full pressure.
When timer is up, release pressure and remove pork and trivet; cover pork to keep it warm. (I tasted the liquid in the pot and the onions and apple had flavored the stock nicely, so I removed them with a mesh strainer. You could leave them in and use an immersion blender to puree them into your stock, thus thickening it into a gravy.) Turn cooker back to "brown" and blend melted butter with flour (or water and cornstarch). Once stock is boiling, whisk in butter/flour mixture and continue to cook until desired thickness. Add salt and pepper, if necessary.
The pork fell apart nicely and was so tender! I served it with green beans and potatoes - baked for the hubs and mashed for me and B. If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it!
- I am a very lucky woman with a husband and son who are smart, witty and entertaining. Our son, B, attended public school for two years, and then we embarked on a new adventure in the Fall of 2010 - homeschooling. We don't have all the answers, but we know B and this has been the best thing for him. I blog to preserve our stories and our memories, share recipes, vent and ramble on about our crazy, yet blessed, life. Would you care to follow along?