With Galentine’s Day (AKA February 13) right around the corner, there’s no better way to celebrate your favourite girlies than by planning a sweet brunch or dinner party. When it comes to hosting, Ina Garten does not miss. If your girls (and your) love language is delicious food and you need some inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of Ina Garten’s best recipes for the perfect Galentine’s menu your best friends will surely enjoy.
Start the menu off right with Ina’s hummus. This quick and easy recipe pairs beautifully with crudites or pita triangles. Just prep before the gals arrive and serve chilled or at room temperature.
Outrageous Garlic Bread
One of Ina’s most popular recipes, this garlic bread recipe will have your friends wanting more. It’s simple, full of flavour and only takes around five to seven minutes to bake. It’s the perfect appetizer and pairs well with the rest of the meal.
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Classic Galentine's Cosmopolitan
What’s more Galentine’s than a classic Cosmo cocktail? For a touch of elegance on your gals’ night in, having a cosmopolitan to sip on while watching your favourite rom-com will make the moment much more memorable.
Grilled Oysters with Lemon Dill Butter
If you and your besties love to order fresh oysters at restaurants, these grilled oysters with lemon dill butter will take it to the next level. They can be quickly grilled up on an indoor grill in minutes. Plus, Ina’s lemon dill butter is an amazing match.
Tomatoes and Burrata
Add this tomato and burrata to your Ina Garten-inspired party menu. There’s no perfect combination other than creamy burrata cheese, ripe mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Aged balsamic vinegar is paired with Ina’s homemade crunchy garlic toasts for a fresh, tasty bite every time — chef’s kiss.
This sangria is pretty in pink, sweet, fruity and fresh made with Cognac (or brandy), Grand Marnier and a bottle of good rose wine. Don’t forget your fresh raspberries, strawberries and plums. Cheers! Take an extra step and wow your guests with these adorably beautiful floral ice cubes.
Brioche Bun Beef Sliders
It’s not a party without delectable sliders. Thanks to Ina, this take on a party classic, takes 25 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to cook and adds something extra by using brioche buns, Gruyere cheese and baby arugula.
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Truffled Mac and Cheese
This truffled mac and cheese is an Ina Garten favourite recipe your guests surely won’t get enough of. Because nothing says love more than truffle, this classic dish adds an Ina twist that nobody does better. The pasta is baked to perfection with Gruyere, shiitake mushrooms, cremini mushrooms and a hint of sherry. Need we say more?
Shortbread Heart Cookies
These shortbread hearts are a Galentine’s Day menu staple. They’re buttery vanilla cookies that just melt in your mouth. If the dough is too crumbly and doesn’t hold together, add a tablespoon of water to the mixture and combine. Create a fun cookie-decorating activity with friends using any glaze you want!
A sweet treat for a sweet day, this vanilla coconut cake has cream cheese vanilla frosting with shredded coconut for a delightful dessert. For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and almond extract on low speed of the mixer. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth. Try Ina’s coconut cupcakes for bite-size goodies.
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