Embracing Simplicity

Five dishes with six or fewer ingredients


Can you get a delicious dish with only six ingredients or fewer (not including salt or pepper, of course)? Just a handful of well-chosen, high-quality ingredients in the hands of an able chef become sublime dishes — craveable cuisine that embraces simplicity.

Chicken Batard at Belfre Kitchen

This superior sandwich starts with a crusty French bread slathered with mustard and fig jam, plus chicken, brie cheese and bacon. We’d eat this batard without the chicken — it’s that good! 606 N. Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 303-5066, belfrekitchen.com

Beet Salad at Parkside 23

Parkside 23’s beet salad is a diner favorite. The simply prepared dish — which features just four ingredients: roasted beets, Wisconsin goat cheese, maple-glazed walnuts and an apple cider vinaigrette — bursts with freshness and flavor, embodying the restaurant’s commitment to sourcing farm-to-table ingredients. (Parkside 23 even has its own on-site farm.) Enjoy the salad solo, or add protein for a heartier meal. 2300 Pilgrim Square Drive, Brookfield, (262) 784-7275, parkside23.com   

Eggplant Fries at Hello Falafel

Coated in chickpea flour seasoned with turmeric and salt, these eggplant frites are served with a drizzle of honey, mint and sesame seeds. This dish first appeared at Hello Falafel’s parent restaurant, Odd Duck, and it’s now on the permanent menu at Hello Falafel. They’re crunchy, sweet and savory, and you can’t eat just one. 2301 S. Howell Ave., (414) 509-5924, hellofalafelmke.com

Pan Tomate at Movida

The Catalan version of bruschetta smashes fresh tomatoes and roasted garlic right into crusty bread rubbed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. In Barcelona, it’s usually served on giant, round, crusty bread, but at Movida chefs serve this delicious tapa on baguettes. And since it’s a tapa, it’s meant to be shared. 524 S. Second St., (414) 224-5300, movidamke.com

Pasta all Bietola Ricotta e Pecorino at Zarletti

A simple pasta dish can be sublime. Fresh Swiss chard is sautéed in garlic and olive oil, then tossed with homemade pasta, ricotta and pecorino Romano. The result is creamy, garlicky goodness that shows what homemade pasta is all about. 741 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 225-0000, zarletti.net