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Make It Ahead

For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead? If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets!

In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina’s Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipe for the biggest cooking day of the year—Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life.

With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.

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Recipe Index


Cranberry Martinis, 27
Jalapeño Margaritas, 26
Summer Rosé Sangria, 24


Bruschettas with Sautéed Chard, 61
Greek Mezze Platter with Thyme Roasted Red Peppers, 35
Marinated Herbed Feta, 36
Parmesan Kale Chips, 28
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, 30
Spanish Tapas Peppers, 49
Truffled Chicken Liver Mousse, 32


Cauliflower & Celery Root Soup, 54
Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, 52
Zucchini Basil Soup, 47


Caesar Salad with Blue Cheese & Bacon, 43
Crunchy Iceberg Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese, 68
French Green Bean Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, 72
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta, 74
Summer Paella Salad, 80
Tomatoes & Burrata, 58
Warm Fig & Arugula Salad, 50
Winter Slaw, 77


Ham & Leek Empanadas, 70
Tomato Mozzarella Pan Bagnat, 82


Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques, 133
French Chicken Pot Pies, 98
Garlic & Herb Roasted Shrimp, 140
Grilled New York Strip Steaks, 118
Herb-Roasted Fish, 131
Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Apple Chutney, 109
Make-Ahead Roast Turkey, 101
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy with Onions and Sage, 103
Moroccan Lamb Tagine, 111
Pastitsio, 124
Provençal Fish Stew with Sriracha Rouille, 137
Roast Chicken with Bread & Arugula Salad, 95
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, 127
Rosemary Rack of Lamb with Easy Tzatziki, 120
Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork, 106
Summer Filet of Beef with Béarnaise Mayonnaise, 115
Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tart, 85


Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles, 148
Baked Farro & Butternut Squash, 173
Baked Polenta with Mushrooms & Blue Cheese, 174
Braised Red Cabbage with Pancetta, 162
Carrot & Cauliflower Purée, 169
Crusty Baked Potatoes with Whipped Feta, 154
Gingered Basmati Rice, 164
Leek & Artichoke Bread Pudding, 178
Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, 157
Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes, 177
Pear & Parsnip Gratin, 161
Peas & Pancetta, 158
Roasted Baby Bok Choy, 153
Roasted Cauliflower Snowflakes, 170
Spinach & Ricotta Noodle Pudding, 150
Stuffed Zucchini, 175
Summer Vegetable Couscous, 167
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, 180


Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting, 199
Coffee Granita, 191
Dark Chocolate Terrine with Orange Sauce, 209
Decadent (Gluten-Free!) Chocolate Cake, 212
English Chocolate Crisps, 232
Fresh Apple Spice Cake, 195
Fresh Blueberry Pie, 205
Ginger Shortbread, 230
Lemon Ginger Molasses Cake, 222
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, 219
Make-Ahead Whipped Cream, 197
Make-Ahead Zabaglione with Amaretti, 225
Salted Caramel Nuts, 229
Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 192
Skillet Brownies, 188
Tres Leches Cake with Berries, 215
Tri-Berry Crumbles, 202
Vanilla Semifreddo with Raspberry Sauce, 227


Blueberry Bran Muffins, 256
Breakfast Ricotta with Berries & Maple Syrup, 240
Chocolate Banana Crumb Cake, 261
Make-Ahead Salt & Pepper Biscuits, 255
Maple Vanilla Cream of Wheat, 244
Mini Italian Frittatas, 252
Overnight Belgian Waffles, 248
Raspberry Baked French Toast, 258
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Greek Yogurt, 250


Sour Cream Corn Bread, 239


Homemade Chicken Stock, 62
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, 18

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