Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead?
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good—or even better!—when they’re made in advance.
In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina’s Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year—Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life.
With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.
Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten's make-ahead dinner party tips and recipes
Hosting a dinner party? Look no further than these exquisite recipes from The Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, for menu inspiration Create the perfect marinade with hard cider, maple syrup and a mix of spices, and allow the meat to sit overnight to ensure that all of the flavours are absorbed. Pop them in the oven when your guests arrive, and you'll have perfectly roasted pork in under 30 minutes. First, boil your potatoes — skin and all — and then press them with a large masher or metal measuring cup before roasting them. This recipe allows you to use smaller potatoes, and the texture pairs beautifully with steaks or roasts.
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The Barefoot Contessa is once again our culinary hero, showing us how to master the basics and elevate our weeknight dinners with little time and fuss. From the easiest one-pan wonders and make-ahead marinades to pastas and salads with simple and fresh ingredients, this is how we want to eat every day. Here, pork tenderloin gets a marinade of cider, maple syrup, freshly ground herbs, ginger and rosemary leaves. Are you drooling yet? A lighter, tomato sauce-free take on the traditional chicken Parmesan recipe. Top spaghetti with lots of marinara and meatballs, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan.