Ina Garten’s football party menu is so barefoot Contessa

Nobody plays football like the Barefoot Contessa. Much like her other Barefoot Contessa menus, Ina Garten’s soccer menu is true to her cooking style. The celebrity chef serves simple, elegant dishes that are unexpected, classic and comforting at the same time.

Ina Garten’s football menu includes store-bought appetizers and drinks

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Taking her own advice about not making everything for a party yourself, Garten’s football card features a number of store-bought good moments.

As noted in Barefoot Contessa Parties!Garden’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook from 2001, she serves salted cashews, popcorn, and breadsticks along with imported beers.

Sure, making a batch of Garten’s Chipotle and toasted rosemary nuts is an option, but, as Garten often says on her cooking show, store-bought is fine too.

Any tip from Garten for making store-bought appetizers look special? Refrain from serving the appetizers in their original containers. Instead, transfer them to silver bowls for a more elevated and party-ready feel.

Garten has 3 different sandwiches on their football menu

Ina Garten smiles in a brown shirt in front of a red background

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“What do you serve during a soccer game?” Garten invited in Barefoot Contessa Parties! The answer? “Sandwiches, of course, but they have to be top quality.”

Garden football dishes include grilled salmon sandwiches, beef tenderloin sandwiches and lobster rolls. Very Barefoot Contessa dishes – casual yet elegant – and easy to make.

Plus, the pairings are practically endless. “The variety of great sandwiches you can make is only limited by your imagination,” Garten said.

She also suggested a few dishes The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook like crab cakes on brioche buns and hummus and cucumber on pita.

No matter what type of sandwich is being served, Garten explained, the key is to use quality ingredients.

“The most important thing is to use only the best ingredients — and your best linens,” she said. “Become your friends love eat sandwiches; and you can also be a guest at the party as everything is done in advance.”

So reach out for Barefoot Contessa staples and other ingredients that Garten uses regularly, like “good” mustard, “good” mayonnaise, and of course, her beloved “good” olive oil from Olio Santo.

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Garten’s soccer menu covers all the bases. There are savory sandwiches, salty and crunchy appetizers, and of course, decadent desserts.

On the menu are Garten’s Outrageous Brownies. One of her most classic dishes was that Garten sold the brownies in her Barefoot Contessa shop before eventually including the recipe in her first Barefoot Contessa cookbook.

Today they are just as popular. Garten’s recipe for Outrageous Brownies averages five stars on the Food Network website.

Garten’s soccer card also says ice cream. But not the store-bought kind. No, Garten makes a batch of their homemade Caramel Chocolate Nut Ice Cream inspired by the favorite candies of their longtime collaborator, Barbarba Libath.

As she said on page 162 Barefoot Contessa Parties!, she “couldn’t stop eating it” when she first made it. Now, when she serves it at dinner parties, “it’s always a hit.”

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