Alexandra Burghardt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Alexandra Burghardt has tested.

A bowl of Puerto Rican-style ropa vieja with rice and cilantro on a green mesh serving tray with a linen napkin beside it.

Puerto Rican-Style Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja is a magic act of sorts. Slowly braised beef and a handful of ingredients become more sumptuous than the sum of its parts.

A white bowl filled with tikka masala lentil, garnished with cilantro, with a wooden spoon resting inside.

Tikka Masala Lentils

Given the dozen enthusiastic reviews we receivved from our testers, these Instant Pot tikka masala lentils are your answer to a quick and healthy weeknight dinner.

A bowl of homemade labneh with za'atar drizzled with olive oil on a platter with crackers.

Homemade Labneh with Za’atar

Soft cheese dreams are made of labneh, which is ultra lush, creamy, and tangy. You may find you need to stop yourself from spreading it on everything.

A blue plated topped with roasted carrots and cabbage with gochujang.

Roasted Carrots and Cabbage with Gochujang

Swear you’ll forget you’re eating healthy with these crisp-edged carrots and cabbage that are burnished to tempting heights after being slathered with an iconic Korean spice paste.

Sliced candied sweet potatoes in an oval baking dish.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Real-deal candied sweet potatoes that are, yes, indecently sweet in that traditional Southern way. Yet they’re also spiced just so to satisfy in more way than one.

A whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and pistachios cut into four pieces in a cast-iron skillet.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Whole roasted cauliflower takes center stage when painted with tahini, garlic, and pistachios and roasted until tender on the inside, spiffy on the outside.

A bowl of Instant Pot lentil soup, with a person cutting a slice of artisan bread in the background.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Inexpensive everyday ingredients become incredibly satiating and comforting with very little effort. You know, in that rustic French home cooking sorta way.

Eight vegan fudge brownies on a marble surface.

Vegan Fudge Brownies

Proof that spectacularly fudgy, messily gooey, intensely chocolatey brownies can be made without butter or eggs.