Yes, I am old enough to remember the Brady Bunch episode where one of the brothers spent the entire episode walking around saying “Pork chops and applesauce” in the most annoying—and memorable way.
I have made various versions of this in my lifetime, but I recently came up with my own recipe using my Instant Pot. Yes, that crazy craze has reached my household. However, is it really a craze if someone simply hacked an old standard for cooking (pressure cooking) and put a slick new title on it?
I also am old enough to have some of those “old” cookbooks. I’m guessing from the font and color, this one is circa 1987. I use it often to get recipes for my Instant Pot. However, if you have a pressure cooker, save your money and use it!
One thing about pressure cooking, it locks in juices well. I am always shocked how much more moist and tender meat is in my Instant Pot. How much more juices are added to the cooking liquid. I had to mess with this recipe a lot because I wanted the applesauce I cooked the pork chops in to be in a solid form more than a liquid form. I did my best!
A note about pork chops. I dig Costco’s uber thick pork chops. When they go on sale, I go crazy and buy them and freeze a whole lot of them. They are a great cut, and a great price. Meat ain’t cheap these days. I am also happy to buy a pork shoulder and simply cut thick chops that way. I love pork, and I especially love this cut of pork.