The couple sat for a televised interview after announcing their engagement this week and shared the story of the proposal. They were roasting a chicken at home when Harry dropped to one knee and popped the question.
As congratulatory messages poured in from celebrities and world leaders alike, the roast chicken master herself highlighted that key detail of the royal engagement story.
Markle previously told Good Housekeeping magazine that she was a fan of the Barefoot Contessa’s roast chicken recipe.
“There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken. If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer,” she told the magazine last year. “I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.”
While the couple did not specify the recipe they used the night of their engagement, Garten said she was thrilled the proposal happened over roast chicken.
“It’s nourishing and I love that they were cooking it together,” Garten told People magazine. “It wasn’t some fancy meal. He did it over a home-cooked meal and a simple roast chicken, which is frankly what everybody wants.”
Barefoot Contessa fans know that Garten’s roast chicken recipe is not only most beloved by her husband, Jeffrey, but also her “most requested” dish.