Ina Garten revealed her favorite dinner to cook for Jeffrey (and surprise, it's really easy)

Ina Garten makes really darn impressive meals (oh hi, chicken Marbella). But when it comes to date night with Jeffrey, she actually likes to keep things pretty simple.

At a recent discussion at the 92nd Street Y, she revealed her favorite dinner to cook for him: crispy mustard chicken and frisée.

“I love that you make everything in one pan,” Ina said. “There are lots of different textures going on and the hot chicken and cool frisée are lovely.”

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Brown Butter Almond Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup Almond flour
  • 1 1/8 cup Cake flour
  • 1 1/8 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Brown butter (room temp)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

Pecan Pie Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup Dark corn syrup
  • ¾ cup Light corn syrup
  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 ½ cup Pecans (rough chopped)
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp Bourbon

Crème Fraiche Crème Anglaise Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • 9 Egg yolks
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp – Sugar
  • 2 Vanilla beans
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Crème fraiche

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. To make the pecan pie filling, heat sugar, light and dark syrups, and vanilla to simmer. Remove from heat and add bourbon. Whisk the hot sugar mix into eggs while whisking. Add butter and salt.

3. To make the brown butter almond cake, mix all dry ingredients in a mixer with paddle attachment. Add in room temperature butter and continue to mix in slow speed. Then add egg whites and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.

4. Place cake batter in piping bag and pipe ½ inch thick in 1 8-inch pie dish or a 3” ramekin in diameter.

5. Place pecans on a sheet pan, and torch to char with TS4000 Bernzomatic torch. Then place pecans over brown butter cake batter in ramekins and pour sugar syrup to cover. Torch away air bubbles. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

OPTIONAL: Top off the dessert with a crème fraiche crème anglaise

1. To make the crème place milk, sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla beans into a stainless-steel pan and bring to a raging boil. While milk is heating place yolks, and salt in a container/bowl big enough to fit milk mix as well.

2. Have a hand blender on hand and ready, once milk mix comes to a raging boil, place handheld blender into the yolks mix and buzz milk mix into yolks. Strain using a chinois and add crème fraiche. Let cool before topping on pastry.

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Roasted Nectarines and Whipped Burrata (Paired with Meiomi Sparkling or Rosé)

INGREDIENTS

• (4) Nectarines (sliced in half)
• (1) Tsp Salted honey
• (1) Tbs finely chopped dried cranberries
• (¼) cup balsamic vinegar
• (1) Tsp Thyme, chopped
• (1) Burrata
• (1)-(2) Tbs Heavy cream

RECIPE

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
2. Cranberry Honey Balsamic Vinegar: Whisk salted honey, cranberries, balsamic vinegar and chopped thyme in a small bowl. Stream oil into the mixture while whisking continually until the oil emulsifies into the vinegar. Set aside.
3. Whipped Burrata: Place burrata in a food processor.
4. Add heavy cream and process. Consistency should be creamy. Pour into pastry bag.
5. Brush nectarines lightly with olive oil and roast in oven for 25 minutes
6. Pipe whipped burrata onto plate and spread into even layer in a circle. Plate grilled nectarines on whipped burrata and drizzle honey-balsamic-thyme mixture on top.
7. Enjoy!

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Just bread some chicken thighs with panko, then roast them on a sheet pan with fingerling potatoes, then serve them with mustard vinaigrette-dressed lettuce.

“I would cook this every night of the week, if I could.” Now that’s some pretty high praise. Be back soon—we’re off to buy some panko bread crumbs.

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