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Oct 4, 2006 11:13 AM

Favorite Barefoot Contessa Recipes?

Have had success with the Barefoot Contessa recipes. Wondering what were other's favorties? Looking to try some new ones in the weeks ahead.

Our favorites are:
* Frozen "Key Lime" Pie (Family Style)
* Filet with Gorgonzola Sauce (Parties)

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  1. Ina's whole roasted chicken with pan roasted veg and garlic-rosemary roasted new potatoes. Simplicity itself!


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    1. re: TexasToast

      i have heard her roast chicken is excellent. could you paraphrase the recipe?

      1. re: TexasToast

        Am making this tonight - sounds so delicious. Have you ever put potatoes or other veggies in with the chicken while roasting? Would like to do a one dish meal...

        1. re: akp

          On the episode I saw, she put some carrots, onions, and parsnips around the chicken to cook in the same roasting tin.

          She then cut the new potatoes in half, spread them out on a separate tray, and rubbed them with chopped garlic, olive oil, kosher salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. These went in the oven towards the end of the chicken's cooking time as they didn't need as much cooking.

          You can par-boil the potatoes if you like, but it's not necessary with new potatoes.


          1. re: TexasToast

            Looks like the recipe was taken off... From what I recall, it looked slightly different than the one in the cookbook. It looked like the version you posted had bacon, more lemon and garlic, and white wine. I'm assuming I just drape the bacon over the chicken and use the white wine for the gravy once it comes out of the oven. Should I put the extra lemon and garlic amidst the vegetables in the roasting pan? Thank you.

            1. re: akp

              You could. And yes, that's what the bacon was for.

              See here:



              1. re: TexasToast

                The roast chicken was SO GOOD. Thank you! We made the Zuni roast chicken a few weeks ago, but we thought this was even better. The lemon, thyme, and garlic made for wonderful pan juices/gravy... Forgot to remove the bacon a half hour before we took it out, so the crispness of the skin suffered a bit, but it was still phenomenal. Next time!

                Can't wait for her new cookbook.

                1. re: akp

                  Don't thank me, thank Ina!

                  But I'm happy to take the credit :)


                  1. re: akp

                    Better than the Zuni chicken, eh? I may have to give Ina's a try; I've seen her make it on her show. I just don't like the idea of a 5-6 lb. bird, but I guess that size works better for a group/family. I find it humorous that the recipe says it's for 3-4 servings (that's alot per person). I've always wanted to try chicken w/ bacon. Have seen Jamie Oliver and Tyler Florence do the same.

                    Ina's food always looks tasty (if not a bit rich) on her show, but I haven't made many of her recipes at all. Tried the frozen key lime pie once, and I prefer the traditional style. It's clear that Jeffrey eats well!!

                    Off topic, but does she film in her actual house in the Hamptons or is that just a set or "borrowed" house? Her garden is, using one of her favorite terms, fabulous!

                    1. re: Carb Lover

                      Two things:

                      1) Ina's not a small girl so the serving sounds about right.

                      2) That's her actual house and kitchen (FYI, her husband Jeffery, was the Dean at Yale Business School, which is why he's never there all week).


                      1. re: Carb Lover

                        I know! I adore her garden... not fair! It always makes me chuckle a little bit to think of Ina and Puff Daddy living in the same town!! ;-)

                        I used to think that her and Jeffrey were a little annoying and to cutesy, but now I find them really cute, in a good way... perhaps it's the married sap in me now! I was watching the episode this weekend where she makes things for Jeffrey to eat when she's not there for one night, and at one point he says, "Ina is going to be away for the night, so she usually fills the fridge with lots of food. It's tough being Mr. Garten!" I love that!

                        1. re: Katie Nell

                          I think they are soooo adorable! I love the episode where she makes him all this food to celebrate their anniversary.

            2. re: TexasToast

              mmm. simple, delicious. love the idea of the bacon! i've done bacon over meatloafs and some roasts, but never a chicken.. bacon ALWAYS makes things taste even better!

              1. re: TexasToast

                oh yeah, that recipe is amazing. i have made it several times

              2. I've just started experimenting with her recipes but a couple have turned out very well. I make her homemade granola recipe altering the dried fruit and nuts each time, about once a month. The banana sour creme pancakes converted me into a pancake lover.

                1. * Shrimp Salad all the way! (I originally got this recipe online, so I'm not sure if she has it in a cookbook or not... there's a lobster salad recipe in the original Barefoot Contessa cookbook that is the same ingredients but uses lobster instead.)
                  * Pan-fried Onion Dip (The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook)

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                  1. re: Katie Nell

                    The pan fried onion dip is the BEST!
                    The Turkey Meatloaf is also amazing!

                    1. re: strephking

                      yes! to both of these. My two favorites. People FLIP. OUT. over that onion dip.

                      1. re: strephking

                        Wow, I love this thread! Ina's recipes are so accessible on Food Network's website, I just downloaded the Turkey Meatloaf and Pan Fried Onion Dip.

                        I've also really enjoyed the Mustard Roasted Fish from her latest book, Back to Basics.

                        1. re: newfoodie

                          I just made the mustard roasted fish last night (but I used SALMON instead) and it was fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    2. I love her spinach gratin. It was featured on the Food Network a couple of years ago. So high in fat, but oh so good!

                      1. Her Chicken Stew w/biscuits is excellent.
                        Other fav's.
                        Roasted veggies with orzo
                        Shrimp salad
                        Chinese chicken salad
                        Indonesian Ginger Chicken
                        Turkey Meatloaf
                        Grilled Salmon w/ fennel
                        Cocanut cupcakes
                        outrageous brownies

                        BTW, nothing is really low calorie.

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                        1. re: mcel215

                          The chicken stew with biscuits is one of the best recipes I've found, as is the roasted chicken.