Ina Garten Fills Our Tummies

For Christmas I received Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips by Ina Garten.  I’ve really enjoyed this cookbook, because it makes otherwise intimidating dishes incredibly simple and accessible.  There are also great kitchen/cooking tips that capitalize on functionality.  In fact, I regularly refer to it for dinner inspiration.  We’ve actually used it twice in the past week: once to roast a whole chicken and the second is the recipe below.  Needless to say, these dishes are great for a casual night or even a dinner party.  I highly recommend it!

Last night was another adventure with Ina Garten’s book. This time we decided to tackle the “Baked Fontina.”  This dish was great because not only is it simple, but super quick as well.  Within 15 minutes of entering the kitchen, dinner was on the table.  Plus it is a great vegetarian option that is both filling and sophisticated.

Of course, I made some minor adjustments (I just can’t help myself!) and it is that adaptation I want to share with you today:

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 3/4 lb. Fontal Cheese, rind removed and cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Thyme, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Rustic Sourdough Loaf


  1. Position top oven rack about six inches from the heat and preheat the broiler.
  2. Scatter the Fontal cheese cubes throughout an 8-inch cast iron pan.
  3. Sprinkle the EVOO evenly over the cheese.
  4. Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.  Once well combined, scatter the mixture over the cheese.
  5. Put the pan in the oven and broil for 6-8 minutes (the cheese should be melted, bubbling and starting to brown.

Serve with slices of sourdough.  We also ate this with a big mixed green salad as suggested in the book.  Bon Appetit!


  1. Looks lovely. Wonderful photos! *And* yet another recipe to add to my file. Thanks!

  2. It looks delicious!! I love quick and tasty recipes! I will try it this weekend.

  3. This is something that my hubby and I used to have every single weekend with a bottle of wine! You cannot believe how much I miss it! (I have lost so much weight having cut out all this yummy richness) but, still consider having this as a really special treat once in a while – because of my love of chease!

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  5. Oh my, that looks absolutely dee-lish and I will give it a try very soon, thanks…I found your blog over at the Family Blog and so happy I did. I’m a new follower:)

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  6. Yum! I’ve seen that recipe on the show before (told you I’m obsessed)! And the best thing is that it’s meat free so I can make it (I’m a vegetarian)! :)

  7. I got this for Christmas too! Sadly I haven’t made anything from it yet – but this looks great (and easy) so maybe it will be my first recipe.

  8. That looks – and sounds – delicious! :)

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  10. This looks so good… We had something like this at a restaurant in Italy and we LOVED it, it was SO delicious. Thank you for sharing the way to make it so we can have it anytime we want.
    We would probably eat it with either French or Italian bread because hubs doesn’t like sourdough bread.
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