I am amazed at how many people ask me for menus with a maximum of five ingredients. I do understand: You look at a long recipe and think that’s too much work, or I’m missing one of the spices or who has time for this? So I was amazed when I put together an entire entrée course with just six ingredients! The center of the plate pork chop requires olive oil and fresh sage. The Roasted Asparagus requires a bit more olive oil and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese bringing us up to four ingredients. Finally, I served these with smashed potatoes topped with a little unsalted butter. That’s numbers five and six. Well, I did use a little salt and pepper but wow! And the dinner was delicious. The pork was juicy and tender. The asparagus flavor is transformed when they’re roasted and enhanced with the cheese. And the buttery smashed potatoes are the perfect complement to everything on the plate. And the whole thing is on the table in no time. With so little labor involved, you almost feel like you’ve cheated.
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