Taylor Swift’s Favorite Dinner Party Recipes

Nyckole Holguin

Here’s a fun fact about me, I am a huge Taylor Swift fan since the Speak Now era. When I was 14, listening to her album religiously, I fell in love with her lyrical storytelling and became a die heart Swiftie instantly. Throughout the years, listening to every album, watching countless interviews, and following Swift on social media, I have noticed Swift doesn’t shy away from expressing her love of cooking.

Last year, Swift did an in-depth interview with ELLE magazine where she talks about the 30 lessons she learned before turning 30. Lesson 10 happened to list her three favorite dinner party recipes which are Ina Garten’s Real Meatballs and Spaghetti, Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Fajitas with Mole Sauce, and Nigella Lawson’s Mughlai Chicken. So, of course, I decided, to try two of the recipes that stood out to me.

Ina Garten’s Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

The first recipe I try is Ina Garten’s classic spaghetti and meatballs. There are so many reasons to be excited about this recipe – hard to mess up, the ingredients for this dish are easy to find at the store and you can’t go wrong with pasta -it’s always a hit at a party. The first thing to do is, I highly recommend is to play your favorite Taylor Swift album, I suggest listening to her recent new album “Evermore” it will help you get into the groove of cooking like T-Swift.

Next, grab all your ingredients! It may seem like a lot of ingredients for a simple spaghetti and meatballs dish but this recipe calls for a homemade sauce and I do recommend making the sauce from scratch. You won’t be disappointed if you do decide to make the sauce but whatever you decide the outcome will be delicious.

To prepare the ground beef, I throw all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and delicately mix them all together. Once the meat is seasoned, I roll my meatballs to golfball size, making 14 meatballs from one pound of ground beef.

Next, I blend olive oil and vegetable oil in a pan on medium-low heat, then cover the pan with a pan cover and let the meatballs cook for 10 minutes. Moving the meatballs around with a fork on each side for about three minutes is challenging because if I was not careful the meatballs can easily fall apart. Thankfully that didn’t happen and the meatballs cooked perfectly.

Making the sauce from scratch was intimidating at first but it wasn’t too hard. Once all the ingredients are combined it’s smooth sailing – I placed the meatballs into the sauce, cover the top, and let it cook for another 25-30 minutes. After the sauce and the meatballs cook, pour everything on top of your delicious pasta. You can add some parsley, basil, or cheese to garnish your plate of spaghetti.

I give Swift five stars for choosing and making a flavorful dish to serve her guest. The meatballs were moist and flavorful, and the sauce was tangy and had a rich flavor of tomato.

Jamie Oliver’s Fajitas

The next, I tried Jamie Oliver’s fajitas and the most intriguing part of this recipe was not making the mole from scratch in adding the dark chocolate with chopped tomatoes combing the ingredients together to make one sauce but it was garnishing the taco with natural yogurt instead of sour cream. I have never thought of topping my taco with yogurt before but either way, I was ready for it.

The most time-consuming part of this recipe was chopping all the vegetables into shredded pieces. When I had the vegetable chopped, I followed the instructions to make the mole and made sure to leave everything allowed so the ingredients could simmer and cook together nicely. Once I added the dark chocolate, the sauce smoothed out perfectly. Once everything was ready, I like to add my chicken into my mole sauce, this is my personal favorite thing to do, by doing this I will taste more of the spices and the smokiness of the mole.

Now it is time to eat, never in my wildest dreams that topping natural yogurt on my taco, can be so flavorful and creamy. This might not sound appetizing at first but I highly recommend adding yogurt, it is way better than sour cream, plus it a healthier alternative. The mole sauce added such a nice pop of flavor to the spiced chicken and veggies. This recipe was delicious and is going to be a hit at your next party. I can see why it’s one of Taylor’s go-to party recipes.

Following Taylor Swift, party recipes were fun to cook and it added more flavor to your standard ordinary dishes. From these two incredible meals, my favorite was the classic spaghetti and meatballs. Of course, the sauce made the dish because I really tasted the natural flavors of the tomatoes, it was a thousand times better than from a process box/jar. The fajitas were mouth-watering delicious and will be the highlight of your party too. Overall, I can see why Taylor Swift uses these recipes when she hosts dinner parties since these dishes will make her guest come back for seconds.