Retro Recipe Revival: Apple Cider Pork Chops

Retro Recipe Revival: Apple Cider Pork Chops
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Retro Recipe Revival: Apple Cider Pork Chops

You’ll never guess what? We found yet another old-school promotional Tower recipe book nestling in the archives when carrying out our post-Christmas de-cluttering. This latest find focuses on the iconic Tower Pressure Cooker sold throughout the early to mid-80s and has provided us with further fuel for our Retro-Recipe Revival series, allowing us to send some vintage pressure cooker recipes your way, updated to modern tastes and appliances! So, without further ado, let’s crack on with the first; Apple Cider Pork Chops.

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Tower 5.5 Litre Aluminium Pressure Cooker

Total time to table: 45 minutes Total Cost Per Serving: £3.40 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No Serves: 4


  • x6 pork chops (on the bone), 3/4-inch thickness
  • x1 onion (diced)
  • x2 teaspoons sea salt
  • x2 tbspns vegetable oil
  • 6 -12 dried apple slices
  • x1 cup apple cider
  • x2 tbspns  mulling spices
  • 2 tbsns flour
  • x2 tablespoons butter


  • Sprinkle chops with seasoned salt on both sides and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Gently heat the vegetable oil in the bottom of your Tower pressure cooker on medium heat and add the chops. Brown on both sides and then remove.
  • Place basket in pressure cooker. Press 3-4 dried apple slices on each chop and sprinkle each with a light dusting of spice mix.
  • Fit the chops into the basket, standing on edge, sandwiching the apple slice between the chops.
  • Pour cider over the chops and secure the pressure cooker lid.
  • Bring to high pressure over medium heat (adjusting the heat to maintain pressure) and cook at high pressure for 17 minutes.
  • Remove pressure cooker from heat and use ‘Natural Release Method’ to open (letting the pressure drop naturally over the course of 8-10 minutes).
  • Remove chops from pressure cooker, place on serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Place butter in a heat-resistant, microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave (30 seconds on high setting). Stir flour in using whisk and microwave on high setting for a further 40 more seconds.
  • Add a small measure (25-30ml) of the crockpot liquid to the mixture and whisk smooth to create a sauce. Add the mixture back to the crockpot and heat to boil, whisking until slightly thickened.


  • Pour sauce over chops, garnish with sautéed onion and serve with sweat potato mash or seasonal vegetables.
If you’d like to try out this recipe for yourself then why not head over to our Pressure Cookers page and view the full range of appliances that will help you bring this recipe (and many more like it) to life!
14 January 2015
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