Ina Garten loves cooking for her husband so much that she even wrote a cookbook about it. The aptly titled Cooking for Jeffrey features all of his favorite dishes, from pasta to seafood to steak. But as Barefoot Contessa fans know, the number one meal 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 favorite of many fans, not just Jeffrey Garten. This dish is absolutely delicious when you follow the recipe to the letter. But, you can also make it perfectly your own by changing the veggies and seasonings.
“This has been our family’s favorite roast chicken recipe for years. We always add an additional head of fennel and we use a little olive oil and no butter at all. Absolutely delicious!” 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 mouthwatering options. Especially when they have get-togethers with their friends in the Hamptons. Ina’s recipe for Indonesian Ginger Chicken includes just five ingredients, and it’s a big hit at parties.
All you need are a couple of chickens that are quartered with backs removed. Plus some honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, and fresh ginger root. Simply combine the ingredients (sans chicken) in a small saucepan and cook until the honey is melted. Then let the chicken marinate in the mixture overnight. The next day, just bake the dish for an hour until it’s ready to serve.
3. Parmesan Chicken in just 30 minutes
If you are looking for a quick-and-easy weeknight dinner, look no further than Ina’s five-star Parmesan Chicken. To get this dish on the table in 30 minutes, all you need is boneless, skinless chicken breasts, flour, salt, pepper, eggs, water, bread crumbs, Parmesan, butter, and good olive oil.
On the side, Ina adds a salad with homemade Lemon Vinaigrette made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
4. Roast Chicken with Bread and Arugula Salad is easy to make ahead of time
We will round out the chicken dishes on this list with Ina’s recipe for Roast Chicken with Bread and Arugula Salad. This is a make-ahead dish that is light and easy, and a great addition to a summer cookout.
The chicken is seasoned with thyme, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper. And the slices of country bread are roasted in olive oil. The homemade salad features Champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, scallions, dried currants, and baby arugula.
5. Crispy Mustard Roasted Chicken is one of Ina and Jeffrey’s favorites
Keeping with the chicken theme, a favorite on both Ina and Jeffrey’s recipe list is her Crispy Mustard Roasted Chicken. Once again, the ingredient list is short. In addition to the chicken, all you’ll need are garlic cloves, thyme, salt and pepper, panko bread crumbs, lemon zest, olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, and dry white wine.
6. Summer Filet of Beef with Bearnaise Mayonnaise is ‘incredible’
Moving on from the chicken recipes, we finally arrive at one of Jeffrey’s favorite beef dishes — Summer Filet of Beef with Bearnaise Mayonnaise. This meal is simply “incredible,” according to reviewers. If you make this dish for a get-together, be prepared to share the recipe because your guests will be asking you for it.
7. Steakhouse Steaks With Roquefort Chive Sauce are ‘delicious every time’
You don’t need a grill to make a perfect steak, according to Ina Garten. All you need is a cast iron skillet and an oven to make her Steakhouse Steaks With Roquefort Chive Sauce. Not only will you get a perfectly cooked steak every time that is absolutely delicious, you’ll also get to enjoy the out-of-this-world creamy sauce made with Roquefort cheese, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and chives.
8. It doesn’t get any easier than Ina Garten’s Herb-Roasted Fish
No matter if you’re cooking for one or for a crowd, it doesn’t get any easier than Ina’s recipe for Herb-Roasted Fish. All you need is 25 minutes, and some fish filets like snapper or cod, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, large green olives, and an egg.
9. We lied, Mustard-Roasted Fish is even easier
Another one of Jeffrey’s favorite seafood dishes is Ina’s Mustard-Roasted Fish. This is another quick and easy recipe that calls for just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time. You’ll need fish filets, salt and pepper, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, minced shallots, and drained capers.
10. Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork is a delicious, time-consuming dish
Not every one of Ina’s recipes can be on the table in just minutes. If you are in the mood to challenge yourself in the kitchen and commit to a lengthy project, try Ina’s Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork. You’ll need all day to make this dish because it requires hours in the oven. But the results are absolutely worth it.
11. Scallops Provencal is a healthy and easy main dish
Ina has wowed Jeffrey and her fans with her recipe for Scallops Provencal. As one reviewer explains, this healthy main dish is “deliciously easy to make, great tasting, and can impress all the time.”
Ingredients needed for this dish include fresh bay or sea 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 in Cooking For Jeffrey. This easy pasta dish made with lean ground sirloin, crushed tomatoes, pasta shells, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs and spices should be a staple in every dinner recipe rotation.
If you don’t have ground sirloin, you can substitute any ground meat — chuck, turkey, or pork. If you want to make it vegetarian, substitute chopped mushrooms.