Your Favorite 3-Ingredient Recipes
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My favorite three-ingredient recipe is for eggplant roulades. My husband and I had these at a little trattoria in Rome and I came up with my own version at home.
Eggplant, thinly sliced lengthwise
Grill eggplant slices until soft. Lay a slice of prosciutto on top with a slice of fresh mozzarella; roll up and secure with toothpick.
I like to serve these with a fresh arugula salad and homemade vinaigrette of olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. It's a delicious and easy summertime meal.
Submitted by online reader Jocelyn
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Put almond in center of pitted date, wrap with bacon, secure with toothpick, then broil and serve!
Submitted by GuildCraftRugs via Twitter
Killer Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe has been handed down for several generations.
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy...your preference)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
Mix together all ingredients. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet. Use a fork to diagonally cross cookies each way. Bake at 350°F until golden.
For a variation, roll the dough balls in sugar, bake, and place a chocolate kiss in the center as you pull out of the oven.
Submitted by online reader Teri Williams
The best three-ingredient recipe ever is bacon-wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese.
1. Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise.
2. Remove seeds.
3. Fill with cream cheese.
4. Wrap with bacon.
5. Grill until bacon is done to your liking.
Submitted by online reader mama r
Sauté cubed steak. When cooked, squeeze lime. Add chopped cilantro.
Submitted by curlyemmy via Twitter
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
1 13-ounce jar of marshmallow cream
Fresh fruit of your choice (I prefer strawberries)
Blend cream cheese and marshmallow cream together. Once whipped, use as a dip for your fresh fruit.
Submitted by online reader Kelsey
Warmed tomato sauce + raw shrimp + feta on top, baked in the oven at 400°F for 10 min = weeknight tapas.
Submitted by shellybean via Twitter
Grilled Pizza With Pesto and Feta
I have a great simple summer grill-out recipe, perfect for a light appetizer or to serve as an entrée. No baking required!
Prepared pizza dough
1. Place pizza dough on grill and grill both sides for 3 minutes. Spread with a layer of pesto and top with feta cheese. Grill for 3 minutes more.
2. Optional: Serve with torn basil leaves or cherry tomatoes.
Submitted by online reader Andrea Torng
Strawberry (or any fruit/berry) fool dessert is hands-down my favorite three-ingredient recipe.
3 1/2 cups hulled, sliced strawberries (or another fruit)
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1. Chill individual serving glasses in the fridge for a few minutes. In a mixing bowl, place 1 cup sugar and heavy cream. Beat together until soft peaks form and you get sweetened whipped cream.
2. Place the strawberries and remaining 2 tbsp of sugar in a blender or food processor (you can also smash them by hand); puree, leaving a few lumps. If you like, stir in a splash of Cointreau (orange liquor) or port wine at this point.
3. Take the glasses from the fridge and layer the pureed berries and whipped cream; repeat with several layers of each. Blend the two together or leave in layers. It’s traditionally chilled for an hour or two, but I don’t wait.
How simple was that? This would also make a nice filling or topping for angel food cake or shortcake—any cake, really. Imagine all the possibilities for the berry season!
Submitted by online reader Annie
Rich and Creamy Frozen Lemon Dessert
1 12-ounce can frozen lemonade, partially thawed
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 pint heavy cream, whipped
Blend lemonade and condensed milk in large bowl. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into freezer containers and freeze.
This is unbelievably good. (Don't even try to count the calories in this one!)
Submitted by online reader Sue Ramsay
Coconut Ice Cream
Combine 28 ounces coconut milk, 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and ¾ cup sugar. Cook until sugar dissolves. Freeze in an ice cream maker.
Submitted by Nestingproject via Twitter
My wonderful Californian cousin, Janet, introduced me to this sandwich. It's healthy, ridiculously easy to make, and I swear it tastes like summer. Enjoy!
1 loaf sourdough bread (trust me, you'll want more than one sandwich)
1. Toast 2 slices of bread (or if you're a proactive girl like me, make it 4).
2. Peel avocado and remove its seed.
3. Slice avocado and tomato.
4. Layer avocado and tomato on toasted bread to create a scrumptious summer sandwich.
Strange as it sounds, this sandwich tastes great without any kind of dressing. However, if you're feeling particularly saucy, Italian dressing works nicely.
Submitted by online reader Sayre
I'll be making this simple cocktail for a bridal shower: Champagne + pomegranate juice + sugar cube. Yum!
Submitted by kaytegannon via Twitter
Goat Cheese and Onion Tart
Sauté the onions in a little olive oil until they are almost crisp. Bake the filo dough with the onions and goat cheese on top.
Simple yet amazingly complex and delicious! They taste very fancy.
Submitted by online reader Kate
Sweet Spiced Apples
Snack for office: Cut-up apple, cinnamon, honey. Yum. Healthy. Warm in microwave if feeling fancy.
Submitted by BAWunder via Twitter
Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks
4 lamb shanks
8 cloves garlic
2 cups beef stock
1. Slice the garlic thinly and poke holes into the lamb shanks. Press the garlic into the holes. Heat a heavy nonstick skillet on medium and allow each lamb shank to brown 5 minutes per side. Once they are browned, pour in the beef stock. Cover and allow to simmer for 2 or 3 hours until the shanks are fall-off-the-bone tender.
2. Serve in the stock gravy with potatoes and a vegetable.
Submitted by online reader Lauren LaRusso
Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles
My husband and I eat this if we are running late in the morning or if we need a filling snack.
1 frozen whole wheat waffle
Toast waffle, slather on peanut butter, and layer on sliced bananas. If you are really hungry you can make another waffle and turn it into a sandwich. Delicious and simple!
Submitted by online reader Allie