Pressure Cooker Pork, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Artichoke Hearts, and Onions (Serves 4-5)
I got stew pork from Grateful Growers Farm and decided to build a meal around it. I had a big head of broccoli from my local farmer and a batch of stewed tomatoes. I added an onion and a can of artichokes to give the meal more veggies and cooked it all in my pressure cooker for 15 minutes. The result was flavorful, comforting, rich, and satisfying. My stewed tomatoes are better than any I’ve gotten from a can, but I bet you could make something close with what you can find.
Prep and cook time: 35-45 minutes
5 cups of stewed tomatoes (mine were frozen)
1 to 1.5 pounds of stew pork
1 big head of broccoli
1 can of artichoke hearts (mine were quartered)
1 sweet yellow onion
Directions: Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to pressure cooker over medium heat. Peel and chop onion into bite-size pieces, add to pot, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dust with salt and garlic powder. Add stewed tomatoes and season as needed. Cut pork into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Dust with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces, including the stems, and add to pot. Dust with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Open can of artichokes, drain liquid, and add to pot. Dust with salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Lock top on pressure cooker. Increase heat to high. After achieving high pressure (may take 5-10 minutes), reduce heat to the lowest level consistent with maintaining high pressure. Cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally (about 10 minutes), and remove top. Transfer food to a bowl with a ladle and enjoy!
Notes: If your tomatoes are already well-seasoned like mine were, you do not need to add more. If they are plain, give them a good dusting of spices.
The guideline I use to pressure cook meat is 12-15 minutes per inch of thickness. My meat was about 1 inch thick, so I cooked it 15 minutes. The result was medium to medium-well doneness.
I love my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker 7.4-Quart that I ordered from Amazon.com (check it out in my “Store.”) After reading a bunch of pressure cooker reviews, I decided to spend a little extra to get the one the New York Times described as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss company. Pressure cookers are so popular in Switzerland that the average household has three!
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