Sunday lunch has always been a challenge for me. Not wanting to spend the day cooking or making everyone wait for a couple of hours forces me to think ahead the night before…not something that is at the top of my list on Saturday nights!
We have often gone out to eat, but with a large family this can present other challenges not to mention the financial side of feeding a crowd.
This past Sunday was also our anniversary weekend. Since we are a blended family, we have celebrated our anniversary as a family anniversary. This year we opted for a family meal following services and all the adult children would bring dishes.
I was in charge of the pork loin. We have worked our way through different meat selections over the years. Someone doesn’t like something when you have a large family. The pork loin has been the go to meat for us for several years. Thanksgiving and Christmas are pork loins, Easter was too this year. They are easy to cook, both in the oven and on the grill. If you watch the sale ads, you will find them for a low as $1.49 (this week at Kroger 🙂 ) or as high as $4.69 (NOT HAPPENING)…. Today I picked up three of them to toss in the freezer for future meals.
Anyway, late Saturday night I remembered… THE PORK LOIN!!! It was of course still in the freezer. HARD AS A ROCK ~ I took it out and placed it in a bowl on the counter to thaw. Thinking, first thing Sunday morning I would grill it off and put in the oven on low in broth to keep until we got home. Nope, Sunday morning did not start off well… just say that it was one of those mornings that you are not sure why you bothered to get up at all! No one was happy at my house Sunday morning!
So, in a desperate move, I seasoned the pork loin with my go to seasonings (another post – you will love it!) and browned in bacon fat in the pressure cooker.
Tossed in some carrots ~ Hey, there was room in the pot and about half the crew eats them!
Set the timer on my favorite household slave –
And rushed off to services. One of my favorite features on my pressure cooker it that it will change over to a slow cooker when the timer is up and the pressure is released. It is about a 20 minute process if left alone. For the following six hours, the food will continue to cook as if it was in a crock pot. SWEET!!
Dinner was done and waiting on us (from my side of the meal). The older girls brought side dishes to round out lunch. Did I mention that I LOVE my pressure cooker? It was a Christmas gift from my mother, who did not like the older style I was using with little ones running around. This is a Cook’s Pressure Cooker (QVC) that plugs in the wall (makes if portable for those fellowship meals that need to cook while we are in services) LOL….
I have more Sunday mornings that really need to just start later…don’t know what it is about Sunday mornings… If it was a Saturday morning that the girls needed to get up and out the door by 9:30 to go to the water park they would be pacing at 6AM. Geesh, just don’t get it.