Ina Garten loves to cook for her husband so much that she even wrote a cookbook about it. The apt title Cooking for Jeffrey offers all of his favorite dishes, from pasta to seafood to steak. but Barefoot Contessa Fans know the number one dish on Jeffrey’s list is Perfect Roast Chicken.
1. Ina Garten’s husband Jeffrey loves Perfect Roast Chicken
Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe is a fan favorite of many, not just Jeffrey Garten. This dish is absolutely delicious if you follow the recipe carefully. But you can also make it perfectly your own by changing up the veggies and spices.
“This has been our family’s favorite fried chicken recipe for years. We always add an extra bulb of fennel and use some olive oil and no butter at all. Very tasty!” One fan shared.
2. Indonesian Ginger Chicken is a five-ingredient masterpiece
Jeffrey is known for his love of chicken and Ina definitely serves up some delicious options. Especially when they meet up with their friends in the Hamptons. Ina’s Indonesian Ginger Chicken recipe has just five ingredients and is a huge hit at parties.
All you need is a few backless chickens, quartered. Add some honey, soy sauce, minced garlic and fresh ginger root. Simply combine the ingredients (without the chicken) in a small saucepan and cook until the honey has melted. Then let the chicken marinate in the mixture overnight. The next day, simply bake the dish for an hour until ready to serve.
3. Parmesan Chicken in just 30 minutes
If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, look no further than Ina’s Five Star Parmesan Chicken. To bring this dish to the table in 30 minutes, all you need is boneless, skinless chicken breasts, flour, salt, pepper, eggs, water, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, butter, and good-quality olive oil.
As a side, Ina adds a salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Fried Chicken with Bread and Arugula Salad is easy to make ahead of time
We’ll round out the chicken dishes on this list with Ina’s Roast Chicken with Bread and Arugula Salad recipe. This is an easy and simple meal to prepare ahead of time and is a great addition to a summer BBQ.
The chicken is seasoned with thyme, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper. And the country bread slices are roasted in olive oil. The homemade salad is made with champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, green onions, dried currants, and baby arugula.
5. Crispy Mustard Roasted Chicken is one of Ina and Jeffrey’s favorites
Staying on the chicken theme, a favorite on Ina and Jeffrey’s recipe list is their crispy fried chicken with mustard. The list of ingredients is once again short. Along with the chicken, all you need is garlic cloves, thyme, salt and pepper, panko breadcrumbs, lemon zest, olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, and dry white wine.
6. Summery Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Mayonnaise is “Incredible”
From the chicken recipes, we finally come to one of Jeffrey’s favorite beef dishes – Summer Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Mayonnaise. This meal is simply “amazing” according to reviewers. If you’re making this dish for a get together, be prepared to share the recipe as your guests will ask for it.
7. Steakhouse steaks with Roquefort chive sauce are “always delicious”
According to Ina Garten, you don’t need a grill to prepare a perfect steak. All you need is a cast-iron skillet and an oven to cook up your steakhouse steaks with Roquefort chive sauce. Not only do you get a perfectly cooked steak every time that is absolutely delicious, you also get to enjoy the out of this world creamy sauce made with Roquefort cheese, cream, salt, pepper and chives.
8. It couldn’t be easier than Ina Garten’s herb roast fish
It doesn’t matter whether you are cooking for one person or for many people, it doesn’t get any simpler than Ina’s recipe for fish in herb roast. All you need is 25 minutes and some fish fillets like snapper or cod, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, large green olives and an egg.
9. We lied, fish roasted in mustard is even easier
Another of Jeffrey’s favorite seafood dishes is Ina’s Mustard-Roasted Fish. This is another quick and easy recipe that only requires a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time. You will need fish fillets, salt and pepper, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, chopped shallots, and drained capers.
10. Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork is a delicious, time-consuming dish
Not every recipe from Ina can be on the table in a few minutes. If you’re in the mood to challenge yourself in the kitchen and embark on a lengthy project, try Ina’s Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork. You will need all day to prepare this dish as it takes hours in the oven. But the results are totally worth it.
11. Provencal scallops are a healthy and easy main course
Ina wowed Jeffrey and her fans with her recipe for Scallops Provencal. As one reviewer explains, this healthy entree is “deliciously easy to make, tastes great, and can impress all the time.”
Ingredients needed for this dish include fresh bay or scallops, salt and pepper, flour, butter, shallots, garlic, parsley, dry white wine, and lemon.
12. Ina Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese should be in your dinner recipe rotation
Ina’s Weeknight Bolognese originally appeared in her How easy is that? cookbook. But her husband loves it so much it could have been included Cooking for Jeffrey. Made with lean roast beef, shredded tomatoes, pasta shells, whipped cream, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs and spices, this easy pasta dish should be a dinner staple.
If you don’t have beef tenderloin, you can substitute any ground meat — chuck, turkey, or pork. If you want to make it vegetarian, substitute chopped mushrooms.
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