Requiring only five fresh ingredients and a handful of pantry staples, these delectable summer dishes aren't far from your table.
Simple cooking brings real pleasure from a few good things. These summer-inspired recipes use only five fresh ingredients
and a couple of pantry staples to create fantastically simple and simply fantastic entreés.
This is how the simple cook rolls: store-made dough, thin, with sweet tomatoes and chewy-melty mozzarella. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature before rolling it out. If it still shrinks back when you start to work with the dough, let it rest for another 10 minutes, and then try again. For a pretty finishing touch, save a few small basil leaves to sprinkle over the top after it cooks.
Be sure to buy fresh, never-frozen fish, summer corn on the cob and in the husks, and your favorite bacon. Applewood-smoked
bacon is more subtle than hickory or mesquite and won't clobber all of the other ingredients. Just a spritz of fresh lime
juice brings the flavors into perfect balance.
Take plain cheese ravioli from boring to beautiful with a mix of cherry tomatoes, shallots, and basil.
A sprinkling of crumbled spicy sausage makes a salty-savory finishing touch to herb-drenched pasta. Some pestos tend to go
drab, but this one stays a brilliant emerald green.
As many Southerners know, hickory wood chips offer an almost magical alchemy, yielding sublime flavor when combined with four
simple ingredients. Serve with potato salad, coleslaw, and iced tea for a delicious summer supper.
Mild Muenster cheese is too often overlooked; it’s great for sandwiches, burgers, omelets, or just plain snacking. It matches
well with thinly sliced ham, fresh spinach, and sweet-and-tangy chowchow in these crusty-breaded sandwiches.
This classic American-Chinese dish is just incredibly easy. A dip in flour is the secret to nicely browned and crisp beef,
and if you have fresh veggies on hand, you can use whatever you like in place of the frozen stir-fry mix.
Barbecue shrimp is usually prepared in the oven, but this recipe speeds things up with a stovetop approach. Serve with a citrusy
salad and finish with a tropical sorbet.
Our hands-free oven method helps prevent the sugary fruit butter from scorching.
There's no reason lamb shouldn't be a regular part of your menu planning with a dish as simple and delicious as this. It matches
well with any sort of prepared grain: barley, couscous, quinoa, or even grits.
Summer-sweet heirloom tomatoes are the star of this recipe, complemented by mild and tangy goat cheese atop a crispy char-grilled pizza
crust. If heirlooms are out of season, substitute just about any tomato.
This unusual yet delicious combination of flavors makes a good substitute for traditional pasta salad at your next cookout.
Honey and rum intensify the complex sweetness of bottled barbecue sauce for an easy, filling, and delicious sandwich. Top
with pickles, chowchow, or coleslaw for a more authentic barbecue experience.
While the halibut cooks on the grill (about 8 minutes), prepare the pesto sauce. Serve with grilled zucchini and red peppers
(or whatever fresh veggies you have on hand).
This light but substantial vegetarian soup features a basil-infused broth that begs for dipping. Serve with your favorite
crusty bread or with our Black Pepper-Garlic Flatbread, made from refrigerated pizza crust dough.
Cooked quickly in the microwave, this is a hearty one-dish meal that will satisfy a craving for comfort food. Follow with
a classic comfort-food dessert (with a twist): Strawberry-Banana Pudding.
The tart-and-sweet flavor combination in grapefruit matches the tender salmon's sweetness and elevates its flavor. Blood orange
juice gives the dressing intense orange flavor, but any citrusy vinaigrette will do.