InstantPot Pork Chop with Red Cabbage, Prunes and Hazelnuts
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This InstantPot pork chop recipe became a little but of an obsession for me, I love pork, good job really as it is the ubiquitous meat in these parts so I embarked on a few experiments working on a one pot InstantPot Pork Chop recipe. This is the result of those experiments and it is delicious however I have to say size really matters when it comes to the pork in this dish, skinny ass pork chops are utterly pointless and will turn into shoe leather by the time you have got the red cabbage cooked. So get out there and buy yourself a couple of double pork chops (two bones thick), around 3-3.5 cm thick and you should be enjoying some perfectly cooked pork with your red cabbage.
I consider this recipe a personal win, when I met my wife many moons ago she was a real picky eater, in fact when I made her the first meal I cooked for her I asked what she liked and was informed ‘I like spaghetti, but don’t like noodles, I don’t like tomatoes or onions but love garlic’… Over the years we have eaten a whole host of foods together and now the things on her ‘don’t like’ list are there because she genuinely does not like them not because she thinks she does not like them. However prunes were a lingering question, that I cajoled her into trying in this InstantPot Pork Chop recipe, it was conceived with the idea of dried fruit and nuts in mind and I was shocked when I suggested prunes and she said, go on then. Julies dislike of prunes began after I met her and our first trip to Budapest together back in 2006, we came for a week over Valentines and I booked a fancy pants restaurant for Valentines day. So there we are in one of Budapests nicer restaurants surrounded by other couples and candles and all the other schmaltz that cherub day inspires, starters were delicious and out came the mains, Julie had ordered a beef ragu, in went the fork out came what she did not realise was a juicy plump prune. Well there was a reaction a physical and verbal ‘yuck’ was expelled much to the shock of both the waiter and the other diners, now we both found it incredibly funny and giggled endlessly. Mostly it was the surprise I guess expecting slow cooked beef and getting a plump prune was a surprise, but from that day to the development of this recipe she has refused to eat prunes. I digress, in short my wife was traumatised by a prune and this InstantPot pork chop with red cabbage, prunes and hazelnut recipe fixed it 😀
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