Tuesday, July 01, 2008

WFMW: A Party with 5 Ingredient Dishes

This week's Works For Me Wednesday theme is 5-Ingredient Dishes. I have so many quick and easy favorites that it was hard to choose just one. So, I decided to just plan a party menu using these quick and easy dishes. In fact, this entire meal can be prepared with only 20 ingredients; 21 if you count salt and pepper. This menu would probably serve 6 adults.

The Menu


Tortellini Skewers with Easy Pesto Dip

Italian Sausage Spread with Crackers

Main Course

Chicken Roll-Ups

Bruschetta Stacks

Garlic Roasted Potatoes


Lemonade Pie

Chocolate-Carmel Dip with Strawberries


Tortellini Skewers with Easy Pesto Dip

  • 1 pkg. refrigerated cheese tortellini

  • 1 pkg. refrigerated spinach tortellini

  • 2 c. fresh basil leaves

  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 cloves garlic

1. Boil tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Create skewers by placing 3 tortellini on toothpicks, alternating colors. Refrigerate until serving.

2. Place basil and garlic in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until everything is well minced. Drizzle olive oil while continuing to pulse the food processor. Once desired consistency is reached, stop adding olive oil. Place pesto in a small serving bowl and refrigerate until serving.

3. Serve the tortellini skewers alongside the pesto dip.

Italian Sausage Spread with Crackers

  • 1 lb. bulk hot Italian sausage

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, cubed

  • 3 green onions, sliced (green part only)

  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced

  • Crackers

1. Cook Italian sausage until done. Drain.

2. Add cream cheese cubes to the skillet with the sausage. Cook until the cheese melts. Remove from heat; stir in green onions and tomato. Serve warm with crackers.

Chicken Roll-Ups

  • 6 chicken breasts

  • 6 slices deli ham or prosciutto

  • 1/4 lb. block or fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 thick slices

  • 6 basil leaves, optional

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trim chicken breasts and pound each flat in a ziploc bag. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Layer each chicken breast with one piece of ham or prosciutto, a slice of mozzarella cheese, and an optional basil leaf. Roll up each piece and secure with a toothpick, tucking edges in when possible.

3. Drizzle about 2 T. of olive oil into a baking dish. Place chicken rolls in dish and drizzle with a bit more olive oil on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked.

Bruschetta Stacks

  • 6 tomatoes

  • 1/2 lb. block or fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 24 slices

  • 24 basil leaves

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

1. Slice each tomato horizontally into 5 slices. Layer with one piece of mozzarella and basil in between each layer, rebuilding tomato as you go.

2. Drizzle each tomato with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 lbs baby red potatoes, halved

  • 6 cloves garlic, diced

  • 6 green onions, sliced (white and green parts)

1. Preheat oven and casserole dish to 350 degrees. Remove dish from oven; drizzle with 2 T. olive oil.

2. Place potatoes, garlic, and green onions in dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle about 2 T. more olive oil over potatoes. Stir to coat, adding more olive oil if necessary.

3. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until potatoes are tender, stirring often.

Lemonade Pie

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust

  • 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk, chilled

  • 1 12oz. container whipped topping, thawed

  • 1 6oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

1. Gently fold together whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk. Add frozen concentrate and continue to fold gently, just until combined. (Do this quickly before the concentrate has time to thaw.)

2. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust, cover, and freeze overnight.

Chocolate-Caramel Dip with Strawberries

  • 1 14oz. can sweetened, condensed milk

  • 1 12oz. jar caramel ice cream topping

  • 3 1oz. squares unsweetened chocolate

  • 2 lbs. strawberries, rinsed

1. Combine milk, topping, and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook just until chocolate is melted. Serve with fresh strawberries.

Shopping List

  1. 1 bulb garlic

  2. 2 bunches basil

  3. 1 bunch green onions

  4. 7 tomatoes

  5. 3 lbs. baby red potatoes

  6. 2 lbs. strawberries

  7. 6 thin slices deli ham or prosciutto

  8. 6 chicken breasts

  9. 1 lb. bulk hot Italian sausage

  10. 2 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk

  11. 1 prepared graham craker pie crust

  12. 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

  13. 1 bottle Extra-virgin olive oil

  14. 1 pkg. refrigerated cheese tortelleni

  15. 1 pkg. refrigerated spinach tortelleni

  16. 1 lb. block or fresh mozzarella cheese

  17. 1 8oz. block cream cheese

  18. 1 12oz. container frozen whipped topping

  19. 1 6oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

  20. 1 12oz. jar caramel ice cream topping

For more 5-ingredient or less dishes, head over to Shannon's blog.


fmll 11:44 PM  

Sensational list!! I think I'll have to book mark this one. Thanks :)

Cajunchic 12:34 AM  

Thanks for the recipes. I love throwing little parties so I will have to save these.

The Momster 1:01 AM  

Wow - these all sound great and what a great idea - to provide us with a menu :)

Now I'm hungry....

Bahama Shores Mama 9:00 AM  

Thanks for the menu........I'll have to bookmark it and try some of these out. You've got me drooling!

Brandy 10:22 AM  

Delicious menu! I like how a lot of the ingredients repeat so that you aren't buying too much.



Sonshine 11:14 AM  

Yummy!! Thanks for the ideas and the recipes!

Deanna 3:51 PM  

And you included the grocery list? I think I could just cry from gratitude! How did you know I have a houseful of guests coming this weekend? Saturday... checkmarked! Thank you!!

(Hope you'll drop by sometime!)

The Correspondent 8:33 PM  

The party menu theme was a clever idea. And I'm definitely trying the Chocolate-Caramel Dip w/Strawberries.

Christine@AreWeThereYetMom 12:07 AM  

Thank you for all the recipes. I am especially going to try the tortellini one.
If you have a chance, and swing by my blog, my post was for a low-fat, sugar free version of the Lemonade Pie.

Kirstin 10:53 AM  

Ooooh, these look yummy! I love tortellini. I love bruschetta...I love food.
I will e-mail you probably next week about the blog questions...crazy week this week, and I have to remember what I asked (C:

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