4 x 3 Ingredient recipes 2 try 1 time in your life part 8

by Barry Lewis


Mushroom risotto

800ml water

knob of butter

40g porcini

1 onion, diced

230g risotto rice

3 ingredient chocolate brownie milkshake

50g ready made chocolate brownies

180ml semi-skimmed milk

2 scoops good quality vanilla (or chocolate!) ice cream

Crab cakes

500g Crab meat, drained

2tbsp plain flour

oil for frying

3 spring onions, chopped finely

2 red chillis, de-seeded and slice thinly

3 ingredient lemon raspberry tart

1 sheet ready made puff pastry

4-5tbsp lemon curd

150g raspberries, washed

4,3,2,1 – part 8! Here’s another 4 recipes that use just 3 ingredients! This time a 3 ingredient risotto, lemon & raspberry tart, chocolate brownie milkshake and crab cakes! I hope this inspires you to have a go and pick up a pan & maybe add 1 or 2 other ingredients, this was another really fun challenge!

Oh & if you want more inspiration / ideas before we get going…. here’s the part 1, part 2, part 3part 4, part 5 ,part 6 & part 7 respectively if you’ve missed them!

Mushroom risotto

Ok so this involves using water along with the other ingredients and a little butter but it really helps and you can take this so much further! Boil the kettle and pour the water onto the porcini in a jug, let it sit for 25 minutes to soften up the mushrooms and create a mushroom stock. Pass through a sieve to dry off the mushrooms and dry them with a little kitchen towel. Add the sliced onion to a pan suitable for the oven, like a small roasting tin and fry in a little butter over a medium flame on a hob, until the onions are translucent, add the risotto rice to the tin stirring well and cooking for a further 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and mushroom stock and bring up to a steady simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 160fan/180c, after 5 minutes transfer the dish to the oven to bake through. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 25 minutes, remove from the oven and the stock should have been absorbed by the rice! Season and serve. If you can, adding a little wine with the stock would take this up a notch!

3 ingredient chocolate brownie milkshake

This is nice and easy – simpy grab your food processor or blender add the milk and ice cream, then crumble in the brownies to help the blades break them down. Whizz up until smooth and well combined, serve immediately. If you don’t it will settle and brownie pieces will rise to the top. A simple stir with a spoon will mix them up if needed.

Crab cakes

Well this one unofficially as I mention in the video uses a little extra things like flour & also oil to fry – which in the past, I would have classed as an ingredient. But if we are flexible we can make something much more epic – in fact go to town if you can here by adding spices and herbs to your liking. The basics though are mixing together the crabmeat and flour with your hands along with the finely chopped chilli and spring onion. If the mix is too wet add more flour, too dry a little water. But what you want is to be able to roll the crab up into little burger patty shapes or balls. Warm the oil and drop a crab cake in when you feel it’s ready and see if it sizzles, fry gently until well browned and rest on kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.

3 ingredient lemon raspberry tart

Nice and easy this one, get a sheet of ready made puff pastry. Roll it out onto a baking tray on top of some baking parchment. Lightly score a border around the pastry edge about 1/2 an inch inside it, prick the inside of the border with a fork a few times. Whizz up a handful of raspberries and mix up with a 4 tbsp lemon curd in a mixing bowl until just combined. Spread this along the base of the pastry but do not go over the edges. You can egg wash the border if you want to get a golden finish but to make this properly 3 ingredients, I did not. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 170fan/190c for 15-20 minutes until the sides are browned and puffed up. Keep your eye on it during baking, if the middle puffs up to much it will deflate or you can open the oven temporarily and push down with a fork.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool, as it cools add some raspberries to the tacky lemon raspberry mixture, this will set them in place as it cools. When it cools it has a lovely tangy sticky base and it works a charm, slice in chunks and serve!

So there we go another 4 recipes with 3 ingredients for you to get stuck into! Enjoy!