Dan Kraan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Dan Kraan has tested.

Dan Kraan

Dan has been in the kitchen since he was a child growing up in the ‘60s, armed with a box of instant cake mix and an oven mitt that went up to his elbow. Despite his love for all things food, he majored in electronics and metrology, because those things are what pay the grocery bills. He dabbled in catering for a short period of time; then discovered Leite's Culinaria in 2004. Touring the site, he leapt at the opportunity to become a recipe tester, working his way up to the title of senior tester, which led to recipe testing for David’s book, The New Portuguese Table. This testing gig provided him a unique experience with Portuguese cuisine. “The whole world’s a pantry in my eyes, with so much variety out there,” Dan says. He’s been living with Jan, his wife/sous-chef, in the very multicultural area of Mississauga, Ontario for more than 10 years. He enjoys “cooking Canada” and tries to take advantage of wild and local commercially available ingredients whenever possible.

Hummus Recipe

Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Hummus, as made in Israel, tastes like hummus. It’s not fancy. But it is perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Poor Man's Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Poor Man’s Champagne Cocktail

Not that we have anything against bubbly. Gosh, no. But ounce for ounce, this is a far more budget-conscious cocktail.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Roast Duck Recipe

Roast Duck Stuffed with Farro, Figs, and Hazelnuts

A heck of a lot less fussy than it looks. And really, really phenomenal. “Perfect for fall,” in fact, according to our testers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 6
Blueberry and Tomato Salad Recipe

Blueberry and Tomato Summer Salad for One

There’s a week or two midsummer when blueberries and tomatoes hit their peak. That’s the time to make this salad. Ready? Go!

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jerk Chicken

Cue the Red Stripe and the reggae, cuz this fast and easy flavor paste makes grilled jerk chicken that’s the real deal.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 9
Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

Grilled Flank Steak With Chile Spice Rub

If you can master this über basic recipe, you can grill a steak waaaaay better than any of your friends. Promise.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 0
Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

Frozen Long Island Iced Tea

Blender drinks don’t get much boozier than this rendition of that raid-the-liquor-cabinet classic. Umbrella optional.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
Fiddlehead and Burrata Salad Recipe

Fiddlehead and Burrata Salad

This simple, exquisite spring salad sorta makes us wanna mumble “fiddledeedee” in our best Southern accent.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Panini with Taleggio, Radicchio, and Speck Recipe

Warm Panini with Taleggio, Grilled Radicchio, and Speck

We swoon to this inspired collision of several strong-willed ingredients, each playing nicely but shouting, “Taste me!”

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Chicken, Pork and Pistachio Terrine

Chicken, Pork, and Pistachio Terrine

Think a terrine is tricky to make? Think again. The most difficult aspect of this recipe is shelling some pistachios.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 4
Parmesan Twists

Parmesan Twists

There’s lots to love about these crowd-pleasing twists. How they taste. And look. And, uh, do we need any other reason?

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Mac N Cheese Canapes

Mac and Cheese Canapés

Fancy schmancy mac and cheese canapés? Why not? Plop these lovelies on a silver platter or into a waiting lunch box.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 13
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