Wednesday, July 2, 2008

5 Recipes that Use 5 Ingredients (or Less)

I am so excited about this week's Works for me Wednesday. I love to cook, but I also love quick recipes.

Here are five of our family's five ingredient (or less) favorites.

Taco Taters

One of the sandwich chains in our area made these famous. They are so tasty and super easy to do at home.


4 large baking potatoes (more if you want) baked at 375 for one hour. Can also bake in the crock pot if you want to reduce heat.
1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned, drained, and seasoned with taco seasoning.
Taco toppings (salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese)


Potatoes will be super tender. Simply cut in half and mash lightly. Top with taco meat and taco toppings.

Smashed Red Potatoes

We like this as a side dish for roasts, steaks, oven fried pork chops/chicken, and swiss steak.


2 red potatoes per person, rinsed, cleaned, and eyes removed (leave skin on)
1/4 cup vegetable flavored cream cheese (more if desired)
Salt and pepper to taste


Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender. Drain. Smash with a potato masher (I use my kitchen aid). Potatoes should be broken up, but not smooth. Add cream cheese, salt, and pepper.

Oven Fried Pork Chops

My DH loves these and they are so easy.


2T melted butter
4 boneless pork chops (3/4" thick). Can also use chicken.
1 beaten egg with a dash of peppper
2T milk
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 425. Trim fat from meat. Pour butter into a 9x13 baking dish, tilting the pan to coat the bottom. In a shallow dish combine the egg, milk, and pepper. Place bread crumbs in another dish. Dip chops into egg mixture. Coat both sides with stuffing mix. Place in prepared pan. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Turn chops. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear. (Chicken might take longer to bake).

Apple Juice Pork Chops

A summer favorite at our house!!!


4 pork chops (boneless or bone in)
2T apple juice concentrate
2T Dijon mustard
dash garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Trim fat from chops. Combine apple juice concentrate, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder. Mix well. Brush one half of apple juice mixture over chops. Broil** chops for 5 minutes. Use tongs to turn over chops and brush with remaining mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil for another five minutes or until no longer pink in the center.

**We grill these in the summer.

Corn Bake

This is a great potluck dish.


1 pkg Jiffy corn muffin mix (8.5 oz)
1 can creamed corn (15 oz)
1 egg
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk**


Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients together. Pour ingredients into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

**Buttermilk can be made by adding 1teaspoon of vinegar to milk and letting it sit 15 minutes.


Stephanie said...

Those all sound so delicious! I can't wait to try the smashed potatoes - the cream cheese is a nice touch (but isn't cream cheese always a nice touch?) :)

Thanks again,

Miriam said...

I'm going to check out that corn bake. Thanks!