Ina Garten has published hundreds of recipes in her Barefoot Contessa cookbooks over the years. But the meals she loves most are the ones she makes for her husband Jeffrey. And those are the ones she mentioned in her book Cooking for Jeffrey. The question is: which recipes are the best?
Here are our picks for the 10 best recipes from Ina Garten’s cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey†
10. Perfect Potato Pancakes are a vegetarian’s dream
ina’s Perfect Potato Pancakes must be made ahead of time so that the mixture can stay in the fridge for “several hours”. Then bake the pancakes just before serving or up to 30 minutes in advance.
You will need a rice machine or the coarsest blade of a food grinder to prepare the potatoes. And to make the recipe a bit easier, you also need a food processor with the coarsest grating disc.
9. Smoked salmon pizzas are ‘different and fun’
Seafood on pizza? Yes, you can – and not with anchovies. ina’s Pizzas with smoked salmon with a homemade crust, mascarpone cheese and Mesclun with lemon dill vinaigrette on top.
“Excellent, stylish, different and fun recipe!” wrote one happy reviewer. Another added: “This is SO good…5 stars! My husband loved it – a new favorite.”
8. Ina Garten’s 16 Bean Pasta e Fagioli Is Better Than The Restaurant Version
Have you ever enjoyed Pasta e Fagioli with a lunch of soup, salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden? Well, Ina’s 16 Bean Paste and Fagioli puts the restaurant version to shame. No, you don’t need 16 different beans in your pantry to make this delicious soup. The main ingredient is a 16 bean soup mix.
“This recipe is so hearty and delicious. It has an easy preparation. With some crusty bread and a salad, you could serve this for dinner… Thank you, Ina! a satisfied fan shared.
7. Dragon Shrimp Salad is a church meal favorite
A cool, healthy seafood salad like Ina’s Dragon Shrimp Salad is a perfect dish during a hot summer. The recipe can easily be doubled for a large gathering, such as a church meal or backyard cookout. And we promise it will be a hit.
“I’m obsessed with this recipe!” a Barefoot Contessa fan shared. Another added: “A church pot favourite, double the recipe, delicious year round in our Florida heat! This recipe has become a family favorite!!!”
6. Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner
Barefoot Contessa fans know that Jeffrey Garten loves chicken dishes, especially Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken. But our favorite chicken recipe in Cooking for Jeffrey was the Pan-roasted lemon chicken†
The recipe calls for a four-pound chicken with the backbone removed and bottled. You will also need thyme, whole fennel seeds, salt and pepper, olive oil, lemons, yellow onion, garlic cloves, and dry white wine.
5. Ina Garten’s shrimp and swordfish curry recipe is packed with spices
If you live in an area with access to fresh swordfish and shrimp – and you like seafood dishes with a little kick – then you must try Ina’s Shrimp and Swordfish Curry† This dish is packed with spices such as curry powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper and cloves.
This recipe also includes red bell pepper, garlic, onions, ginger, jalapeño pepper, plum tomatoes, lime and mussel stock, plus some olive oil and butter.
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4. Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes should be part of your dinner side dishes
Ina ups her potato game with her recipe for Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes† Start by roasting four pounds of sweet potatoes in the oven for about an hour, until tender. Meanwhile, combine whole milk, heavy cream, and chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and let it simmer.
Finally, combine the potatoes and chipotle mixture and add maple syrup, butter and salt. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper after baking.
3. Root vegetable gratin is a ‘wonderful addition to any meal’
Put those garden vegetables and herbs to good use with Ina’s recipe for carrot vegetable gratin† Ingredients include olive oil, onion, fennel, garlic, sweet potatoes, celeriac, Yukon Gold potatoes, whipped cream, chicken stock, grated Gruyere cheese, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs.
“Just made this recipe tonight and everyone said it was worth a repeat! In addition to the Gruyere cheese, I add some white cheddar cheese for extra flavor,” said one fan. Another added: “Excellent and beautiful addition to any meal.”
2. Chocolate Creme Brulee is an elegant five-star dessert
Wow the guests at your next dinner with Ina’s Chocolate Creme Brulee† This five-star dessert recipe calls for an oversized egg, oversized egg yolks, sugar, whipped cream, bittersweet chocolate, instant espresso granules, coffee liqueur, and pure vanilla extract.
Of course you need a kitchen burner to make this tasty dessert. Other kitchen tools needed include ramekins, a large roasting pan, a heatproof bowl, a whisk, a medium saucepan, a large measuring cup, and plastic wrap.
“Amazing! Elegant and fun. I love that it makes individual portions and can be prepared ahead of time – perfect for a dinner party. Chocolate makes sure adults and kids can enjoy it just as much,” shared one reviewer.
1. Ina Garten’s Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe Is ‘The Best’
Another fantastic dessert from Cooking for Jeffrey belongs to Ina Vanilla cream cheese pound cake† This is an easy recipe, but it does take a few hours to make as it takes at least 30 minutes to cool.
Ina suggests serving this cake by melting a pint of vanilla ice cream and pouring a few tablespoons into the bottom of each dessert plate. Then she recommends topping a slice with fresh raspberries.
“Best pound cake ever!” one lucky fan wrote. Another added, “This is the best one pound cake recipe I’ve ever had. The turbinado sugar and cream cheese make such a difference.”
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