Alexander Cowan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Alexander Cowan has tested.

Batter Fried Chicken

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that it doesn’t take buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 113
Bowl of onion dip topped with caramelized onions, nearby carrots, radishes, cucumbers on a cutting board

Onion Dip

“The onion dip to end all onion dips.” “Sublime.” “Light years beyond those soup packets.” That’s what folks are saying about this creamy dip that puts to shame all other onion dips you’ve ever dipped, dunked, or otherwise devoured.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone

Smoked Spare Ribs

Authentic barbecue flavor in your own backyard. No smoker required. No smoking experience required, either, for that matter.

  • 30 M
  • 6 H
  • 4
Big glass bowl of layers of vanilla wafer banana pudding topped with sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It’s still easy. It’s still quick. And it’s still gosh darned comforting as heck.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

Whether you have unripe berries, overripe berries, or an abundance of the season’s most fragrant berries, say hello to your sweetly sticky solution.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 13
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for just a short spell. Which means you don’t have to constantly tend a smoker from dawn to dusk.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 22
Croque Madame Muffins

Croque Madame Muffins

A nifty little ooh- and aah-inducing riff on the classic croque madame that’s perfect to assemble ahead of time for big batch brunches.

  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 8
Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. And ever so slightly smoky. We think you can understand why we’re swooning to these bacon drippings tortillas.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
Tray of classic dinner rolls glazed with butter, bowl of melted butter with a brush

Classic Dinner Rolls

Practically instant gratification with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rise and its straightforward mixing method. And oooooh the taste!

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Sheet pan of oven-roasted chicken thighs, topped with salt and pepper

Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

“Simple.” “Perfect.” “The moistest chicken with the crispest skin we’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
A black pot filled with chunks of beef Raj curry, topped with cilantro, nearby is roti Indian bread

British Beef Raj Curry

All the elements of a classic beef curry that slowly simmered on the back burner all day but in just an hour. You’re welcome.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4