There’s a common misconception amongst home cooks that good food (and the good recipes behind it) are complicated. If a recipe doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients, give copious and detailed instructions, or advise you to use a special method that only a pro would know, then it must not be very special. Surprisingly, this isn’t true; some of the tastiest foods are also the simplest to make. With as few as two ingredients (plus an occasional dash of salt or drizzle of oil), you can make something that is truly delicious and, in some cases, downright impressive.pizza or flatbread without the use of yeast.
Eggs are also useful in a number of ways. The average egg is about 74 percent water and 11 percent fat, so it can provide both moisture and richness to recipes that only call for a handful of ingredients — think about how soft and flavorful fresh pasta dough is despite being made from just flour and egg. And, because the proteins in the eggs form bonds as they’re heated, eggs can help create and maintain shape and texture in custards and baked goods.
It’s not all about science, though. Cooking is about flavor, too (two-ingredient recipes included). When you’re thinking about making a recipe with fewer ingredients, choose one that calls for flavorful ingredients like salty Parmigiano-Reggiano or sweet dried fruit or bananas. That way, whatever you create will be as delicious as it is easy-to-make!
While we’re all about experimenting and trying new things in the kitchen, we also have a few reliable two-ingredient recipes to help get you started.
This article was originally published December 10, 2014.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.