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Ina Garten's easy holiday appetizer recipes

'OMG' is how Ina Garten describes her easy holiday hors d'oeuvres for fig and goat cheese bruschetta and perfect potato pancakes.
by Ina Garten / / Source: TODAY

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When Ina Garten says of something, "It may be the best thing I've ever made!" we take notice. Garten is sharing the recipe for that best thing: a fig compote that she spreads on bruschettas for an easy party hors d'oeuvres. She also lets us in on the secret to the perfect potato pancakes, which are made with two types of potatoes prepped two ways. It's easier than it sounds, and the results are delicious!

Jeffrey and I went to Provence with our dearest friends, Barbara and Bobby Liberman, who took us to the Bistrot de Mougins, one of their favorite restaurants. The owner, Alain Ballatore, kindly gave me the recipe for their famous fig tart, which inspired these fig preserves. OMG. It may be the best thing I've ever made! Whenever I serve it on a cheese board, my guests always insist on taking the leftovers home!

I have always made potato pancakes with grated potatoes for crisp pancakes, but I've also thought about making them with mashed potatoes for creamy ones. When I read that Andrew Zimmern's grandmother made potato pancakes with both of them together, I had an aha! moment. Even better!

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