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Are you ready for some…..ideas to serve at a football party?

It's football season and even if you don’t love football, there’s nothing better than friends or just family connecting and eating together. Ina’s cookbooks are loaded with great, easy recipes that are perfect for that game day spread. From dips, melted cheeses, chilis, sandwiches to nachos, Ina has something for everyone.  Here are a few of our favorites!


Guacamole and Chips

Who doesn't love guacamole?  Ina (and I) are not big fans of cilantro so this recipe is perfect for me.  Ina uses a knife to chop the avocados which makes a chunky dip. Do you prefer your guacamole smooth or chunky?  Click above for the recipe or find it in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 50.


Baked Fontina

Similar to fondue but in a Cast Iron Skillet that’s ready in six minutes! Serve with crusty chunks of bread. Yum! Prepare this ahead of time and put in the oven right before game time. Find the recipe in Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?, page 96.

Ina Garten's Baked Fontina


Israeli Vegetable Salad

Don't forget about your veggie loving friends. This recipe has a ton of flavor that no one would turn down. Fresh vegetables and mint piled up on a base of creamy hummus. Great for vegetarians and can be a gluten free option without the pita.  Serve it on the Flat Round Dish and everyone can help themselves.  Find the recipe in Barefoot Contessa Cook Like a Pro, page 52.

Ina Garten's Israeli Vegetable Salad 



Small burgers that are juicy, cook really quickly and are fun to eat. Place them all on an oversized platter like the Buffet Tray.  This wide tray provides enough room for the sliders and all the sides.  Find the recipe in  Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?, page 141.

 Ina Garten's Sliders


Chicken Caesar Club

Surprise your guests by serving this salad on a sandwich.  A deconstructed Caesar salad with the croutons on the outside - delish! Find the recipe in Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 32.

Ina Garten's Chicken Caesar Club Sandwich 


Chicken Chili

A chili made with tomatoes and chicken that’s a bit lighter than your traditional chili and so delicious! This chili is a crowd pleaser and your house will smell amazing from all the onions and garlic cooking.  Prep by cutting up all the veggies ahead of time.  Find the recipe above or in Barefoot Contessa, Parties!, page 232.



Meatballs from Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Sometimes you just want the meatballs.  Prepare these delicious chicken meatballs mixed with Italian sausage that you can bake in the oven.  Provide ketchup and toothpicks for dipping.  Find the recipe in Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, page 72. 

Meatballs from Ina Garten's Italian Wedding Soup recipe 


Fresh Crab Nachos

These Nachos are a must from Ina Garten's latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food.  Layers of corns chips, fresh crab, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños, avocados and tomatoes. Find the recipe in Modern Comfort Food, page 44.

Ina Garten's Fresh Crab Nachos

Photo: @storeboughtisfine


California Pizzas

Make the dough ahead and have everyone assemble their own pizzas. This is a fun way to get everyone involved and have them make it just the way they like it. Homemade pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients. Click above for the recipe or find it in Barefoot Contessa, Parties!, page 48. 


Mini Skillet Cookie

What's for dessert?  A delicious cookie in a mini skillet.  Prepare the dough ahead and put these in the oven right before serving.  We used Ina’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe. Add ice cream to serve!  Barefoot Contessa, Parties!, page 235.

Ina Garten's Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe made in the Mini Cast Iron Skillets



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