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The Barefoot Contessa saves time in the kitchen before dinner parties by serving these store-bought foods.

Jaime Milan
September 20, 2018
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Ina Garten is a chef, cookbook author (her newest one, Cook Like A Pro, hits shelves next month), and the host of Food Network’s The Barefoot Contessa. Fans love to watch her show because the food is aspirational, but still something you’d be able to make for a dinner party. Viewers also love that she shares her favorite kitchen hacks and time-saving tricks—like using frozen veggies or shaving corn kernels off the cob without making a mess—on Instagram.

On Friday, she took to Instagram to share favorite store-bought appetizers that she serves before a dinner party. "When I have friends over for dinner, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time making fussy hors d'oeuvres," Garten says in her video.

The best part? These appetizers require zero cooking. Garten said, "Once in a while, I make something simple to serve with drinks, like figs wrapped in prosciutto, but mostly, I like to find delicious little appetizers that need no cooking at all.”

The first appetizer she shared is one you probably already serve at your get-togethers: potato chips. Ina says, "You know, store-bought is just fine." She then placed the chips in a silver bowl “so they look special."

If you're hoping to make this salty snack a little healthier, try making your own chips at home or buy chips from one of these better-for-you brands.

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    Up next, Ina shared her love for salted cashews—in a gleaming silver bowl, of course. She added a touch of sea salt to make them even more delectable. To keep this Cooking Light-approved, buy unsalted cashews before adding sea salt (you can also try any blend of spices to amp up the flavor.)

    The last no-cook app on Ina’s lineup? Heirloom cherry tomatoes, which are also one of our editor's go-to snacks. To elevate this easy appetizer, Garten said to “choose delicious things you can serve as-is. Present them in really pretty silver bowls. Everyone will have a really good time—including you.”

    As the Barefoot Contessa would say, “How easy is that?”