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Food & Wine's Test Kitchen cooks created amazing recipes with only three key ingredients each, plus oil, salt and pepper. Their trick: exploiting the multitasking potential of everything from store-bought granola (ground in a food processor to make a kind of flour) to lemon juice (which both flavors and thickens a luscious pudding). Here, F&W presents the ultimate 3-ingredient recipes for summer.
Summer Berry Tarts Summer Berry Tarts
Excellent-quality puff pastry (F&W likes the Dufour brand) makes all the difference to this minimalist fruit dessert. Berries simmered in a little sugar become a slightly gooey, fresh-tasting topping.
7 ounces frozen all-butter puff pastry from one 14-ounce package, thawed in the refrigerator
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 pound blackberries and raspberries (about 4 cups)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unfold the puff pastry on the baking sheet and cut it into two 5-by-6-inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle on the diagonal to form 2 triangles. Refrigerate until the pastry is chilled, about 10 minutes.
2. Separate the triangles so they're evenly spaced. Bake the pastry for 25 minutes, or until nicely browned and crisp.
3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the blackberries and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the raspberries and cook for 10 seconds. Stir a few times; transfer to a bowl.
4. Place the pastry on plates, top with the berries and serve.
Chicken Caprese Salad Chicken Caprese Salad
Bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls) are often sold floating in herbed olive oil. That tasty oil is essential to this three-ingredient recipe because it adds so much flavor to both the chicken marinade and the dressing.
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Grilled Scallions Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Grilled Scallions
A quick puree of scallions, tomatoes and olive oil creates a delicious sauce for this three-ingredient recipe.
Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa
In this ingenious 3-ingredient recipe, grilled fresh corn and poblano chile are used in two ways: Half of the mixture gets pureed into a sauce that's served under seared skirt steak and the rest becomes a chunky salsa that's spooned on top.
Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Grace Parisi brilliantly layers chocolate cookies with a quick mix of cream cheese, chocolate syrup and a little water. The cookies soften as the cake chills overnight for a perfectly moist, chocolaty "cheater's" cheesecake.
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