Simple & Tasty: 4-Ingredient Christmas Dishes

Six out of seven days of the week, my cooking modus operandi is simple, simple, simple. (On the seventh day,

Grilled Fruit and RicottaSix out of seven days of the week, my cooking modus operandi is simple, simple, simple. (On the seventh day, I attempt feats like homemade gnocchi, and remember why I like simple). So when I discovered Kim McCosker’s 4 Ingredients cookbooks, I couldn’t help but smile in agreement.

I use her ideas as inspiration, and usually I’ll add some spices or garnishes that I have on hand. (I have a suspicion Kim herself would have added them if not for the ingredient limit.) But the recipes work perfectly with just four ingredients each, which is great for anyone who’s on a budget, learning to cook, or in a time rush. For example, her White Christmas cheesecake uses cream cheese, condensed milk, gelatin, and white chocolate. She makes a soup out of vegetable stock, arugula, blue cheese, and cream. Just think: You can memorize the recipe!

Here’s a favorite from her new, holiday-themed cookbook:

Grilled Fruit & Ricotta Stacks

• 2 pears or apples, cut into long slices
• 2 bananas, sliced on the diagonal
• 4 tbs. fresh ricotta
• 2 tbs. honey

Heat the broiler or a grill pan to high.  Cook the pear slices for 3 minutes, flipping once, until lightly browned.  Layer the pear and banana slices on four plates.  Top each with a dollop of ricotta and drizzle with honey.

Copyright © 2012 by Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients Christmas published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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