Dan Kraan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Dan Kraan has tested.

Dan Kraan

Dan Kraan 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 that’s what pays the grocery bills. Kraan dabbled in catering before discovering Leite’s Culinaria in 2004. He leapt at the opportunity to become a recipe tester and worked his way up to the title of senior tester, which led to testing for David’s book, The New Portuguese Table. In Kraan’s eyes, “the whole world’s a pantry, with so much variety out there.” He lives with his wife/sous chef Jan in Mississauga, Ontario. He enjoys “cooking Canada” and tries to take advantage of wild and local commercially available ingredients whenever possible.

A wooden bowl filled with lemon Israeli couscous with a serving spoon inside and some lemon halves in the background.

Lemon Israeli Couscous

These pearl-like couscous are cooked in chicken stock for extra flavor and tossed with peas, mint, parsley, and lemon zest. A simple, yet elegant, side dish.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

Grilled Artichokes

Simple and stunning. That’s what we expect outta any side that we pull off the grill. These artichokes deliver all that—and then some.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
A white oval casserole filled with asparagus, egg and cheese strata--bread, Fontina cheese, eggs, prosciutto, and asparagus

Asparagus, Egg, and Cheese Strata

Given that its overnight rest INSISTS you make this simple strata ahead of time, it sorta screams for a lazy Sunday or Christmas morning, don’t you think?

  • (4)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
White bowl of fresh peas with mint

Fresh Peas With Mint

Is there anything that screams spring more than lightly buttered peas with a wee bit of mint on top? We think not.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 4
A white serving bowls filled with smashed potatoes and garnished with thyme sprigs on a wooden board.

Smashed Potatoes

Before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Do I need another mashed potato recipe?” we suggest you try these simple, sinful, pleasingly chunky smashed spuds. The answer, you’ll find, is yes.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
A carved grilled leg of lamb on a wooden cutting board with a knife resting beside it.

Grilled Leg of Lamb

A leg of lamb that’s been slathered in French flavors. We’re swooning over how cultured—and sated—it makes us feel.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 10 M
  • 2
A white bowl filled with linguine with mixed seafood, including mussels and clams.

Linguine With Mixed Seafood

Linguine pasta, clams, mussels, langoustines, and shrimp are tossed in a light tomato-garlic sauce spiked with pepper flakes. A simple quick dinner.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0