Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients - John Whaite

Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients by John Whaite offers innovative, scaled back recipes that are simple to cook yet impressive to serve while still packed with flavor.

Usually, I am not a fan of quick and easy type cookbooks (only because I have that covered after cooking for 30 plus years), but when a cookbook is this nicely and written by John Whaite, The Great British Baking Show winner, I can get behind it. 

With only 5 ingredients per recipe (plus the essentials of olive oil/butter/salt/pepper), this is practical, fun cooking that still will wow your family and guests.

Tahini and Honey Chicken with Paprika Potatoes, Preserved Lemon and Cider Pork with Couscous, and Tempura Cocktail Sausages with Hoisin are all examples of craveworthy dishes. The author even has dessert covered with desserts such as a beautiful Autumnal Apple Crisp Cake, Self-Saucing Orange Curd Pudding, and a Lemon and Rosemary Almond Cake. 

Special thanks to Kyle Books and the author for sharing Roasted Sausage and Apple with Sauerkraut which I made a while back on a crisp Spring evening. I threw some potatoes and carrots in the mix because I didn't need to keep the recipe at five ingredients and it was one delicious meal on a tray. Don't forget to head over to our contest page to enter our giveaway!


Roasted Sausage and Apple with Sauerkraut

A midweek sausage supper is reassuringly simple, and even better, it doesn't skimp on flavor or the general feeling of being satisfied. The best-quality sausages are always a must: I'd opt for the supermarket's best own brand or those from an excellent butcher. And, of course, you can quite easily, and absolutely should, customize this dish with different flavors of sausage-a fiery, chile-flecked sausage would do just the trick for me.

SERVES 2 to 4

8 good-quality link sausages
2 Granny Smith apples
1 large onion
A few sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons sauerkraut
olive oil
sea salt flakes
coarse black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Put the sausages into a roasting pan and drizzle with a little olive oil. Cut the apples into quarters-I don't bother to core or peel them. Slice the onion in half through the root, leaving the root intact, and peel it. Cut it into eight wedges and arrange these, with the apples, in the roasting pan. Top with the thyme sprigs, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the sausages are bronzed, and the apples and onion are quite softened. You can turn the sausages midway through, if you prefer a more even coloring; though I'm not particularly concerned. Scatter over the sauerkraut just before serving.

Leftover ingredient

The sauerkraut will keep for a while in the fridge. It's gorgeous in ham sandwiches, stirred into soups, scattered over pizzas or stews. It brings its flavor-boosting qualities to any dish, really, but it's delicious in its own right, too.

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  • FaithB  on  6/3/2017 at 4:26 PM

    The Sticky Black Sesame Chicken sounds really good to me.

  • lauriesk  on  6/3/2017 at 5:58 PM

    I love the idea of delicious meals with five ingredients. They all sound delicious.

  • Lem9579  on  6/3/2017 at 7:40 PM

    I would start first with the Braised Fennel with Halloumi and Grapefruit. Always looking for more recipes with Halloumi.

  • Lem9579  on  6/3/2017 at 7:43 PM

    My favorite quick and easy meal is a stir fry with whatever veggies I might have on hand. I usually eat that with some bread.

  • lhudson  on  6/4/2017 at 7:47 AM

    Cheeseburger quesadillas

  • FireRunner2379  on  6/5/2017 at 2:50 AM

    My favorite quick and easy meal is French Toast, my kids like it and we love to eat Brinner!

  • lgroom  on  6/5/2017 at 8:14 AM

    Scrambled eggs with cottage cheese mixed in -- try it -- especially good if you like soft scrambled eggs.

  • Siegal  on  6/6/2017 at 8:12 AM

    My fav quick meal is eggs and brad

  • echilt5  on  6/6/2017 at 1:14 PM

    My favorite quick & easy meal is Turkey Chili.

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  6/6/2017 at 6:18 PM

    So this recipe only calls for 2 Tablespoons of sauerkraut? Is there a recipe in the book for sauerkraut? Or is he recommending people simply buy a jar of store-bought to use? I like this author and would buy his book even though 5-ingredient books often seem limiting. In this case his index shows lots of reasons to forego English muffins and eggs for something far more appealing that is quickly made like that coconut macaroon lime cheesecake of his!

  • JenJoLa  on  6/8/2017 at 10:15 AM

    My favorite quick meal is tacos.

  • mph993  on  6/8/2017 at 11:04 AM

    Chicken, leek and cider mug pot pies

  • lebarron2001  on  6/8/2017 at 2:14 PM

    My favorite quick and easy meal is a sheet pan dish with boneless skinless chicken thighs and vegetables tossed with balsamic vinegar, garlic and olive oil and roasted for about 25 minutes.

  • nandag  on  6/9/2017 at 8:38 PM

    My quick and easy meal is roasted vegetables and sausages on a sheet pan.

  • t.t  on  6/9/2017 at 11:57 PM

    eggs over rice + veggies

  • Grywhp  on  6/11/2017 at 1:44 PM

    A frittata!

  • tarae1204  on  6/15/2017 at 2:13 PM

    Thai red curry is pretty quick and easy if you have the coconut milk, curry paste and fish sauce on hand. Can use up any leftovers.

  • PennyG  on  6/16/2017 at 6:05 PM

    Scrambled Eggs or an Omelet.

  • nomadchowwoman  on  6/17/2017 at 5:54 PM

    Pasta carbonara: four ingredients, 20 minutes.

  • heyjude  on  6/25/2017 at 1:27 AM

    My husband is much more likely to cook when a recipe has only five ingredients and few steps.

  • RSW  on  6/25/2017 at 11:02 AM

    any kind of pasta

  • cocecitycook  on  6/26/2017 at 1:53 AM

    Grilled cheese sandwiches

  • DFed  on  6/26/2017 at 3:13 PM

    Who doesn't love delicious sounding recipes of 5 ingredients or less??

  • Uhmandanicole  on  6/27/2017 at 12:58 AM

    Rice, eggs, and bacon. Usually my go to lazy meal

  • abihamm  on  6/27/2017 at 4:58 PM

    Anything in my pressure cooker

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