Ina Garten’s cookbooks are a popular resource for Thanksgiving menus across the country. But the Barefoot Contessa approaches this national holiday with one idea in mind — keeping Thanksgiving “simple.” The Food Network star recommends choosing “a few fabulous recipes you know well that your guests will absolutely love.”
For your Thanksgiving menu this year, here are 15 of Ina’s best recipes that are easy, crowd-pleasing favorites. There are even a few on this list that you can make in advance!
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1. Ina Garten’s Pomegranate Gimlets are the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail
From Modern Comfort Food, Ina’s version of the traditional gin gimlet is the Pomegranate Gimlet. The bright red pomegranate juice gives this drink its holiday color. But, it must be served ice cold — this is important. The Food Network star suggests putting your cocktail glasses in the freezer for at least an hour before serving.
2. Fig and Cheese Toasts are an easy appetizer
Ina says that she and her husband Jeffrey were having some friends over for drinks, and he couldn’t believe how quickly she put her Fig and Cheese Toasts appetizer together.
“You put the fig spread on toast, then add some creamy cheese, sprinkle with microgreens, and drizzle it all with syrupy balsamic vinegar. They taste like grown-up cream cheese and jelly sandwiches,” Ina explains.
3. Green Beans Gremolata is a new way to prepare French string beans
Always looking for new ways to prepare French string beans — because Jeffery loves them so much — Ina came up with her recipe for Green Beans Gremolata and put it in her cookbook Foolproof.
“I blanch the beans and make the gremolata in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. Then, just before dinner, I’ll reheat the beans and toss on the topping with all the garlic, lemon zest, Parmesan and pine nuts,” Ina says.
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4. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes are ‘exquisite’
To put a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving side dish, try Ina’s Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. It’s an easy recipe that calls for Yukon gold potatoes, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, garlic and herb goat cheese, unsalted butter, sour cream, half and half, and parmesan.
“I had the joy of tasting this recipe at a Thanksgiving dinner I attended. It was so good that I asked for the recipe and made it for myself and my mother because it was that amazing. I now have an exquisite new recipe to make whenever I like! 10/10!” a satisfied fan shared.
5. Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding gets ’10 stars out of 5′
The reviews on Ina’s Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding made it clear …read more
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