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.

Crackers topped with pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese

You can practice proper Southern gentility, no matter where you’re from, simply by whipping up a batch of this classic crowd-pleasing party must, pimento cheese. Then prepare to be your most gracious self as you kindly accept accolades.

  • (6)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 193
Homemade maple-espresso bacon on a cutting board on a stone slab

Homemade Maple-Espresso Bacon

A richly porky, nicely salted, slightly peppery, pleasantly sweet taste with a lingering maple syrup flavor. That’s what you can expect from this crazy easy homemade bacon.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 7 D, 4 H
  • 59
A red bowl with Christmas Eve calamari--calamari, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes in a tomato sauce

Christmas Eve Calamari

The much-ballyhooed Italian Christmas classic, Feast of the Seven Fishes, stars one fish in Domenica Marchetti’s home. Calamari. And it’s the centerpiece of her Christmas Eve dinner.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 10
A slab of barbecued beef back ribs cut into individual ribs.

Barbecued Beef Back Ribs

These barbecued beef back ribs are robustly meaty, modestly spicy, knee-wobblingly tender, and ridiculously easy. And they come with a rub that’s so good you won’t want any sauce.

  • (8)
  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 35 M
  • 37

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. And essentially pork wrapped in more pork and roasted until crisp outside and juicily tender inside. Comfort food for when you need it.

  • (2)
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
Four smoked turkey legs on a wire rack on a wooden surface.

Smoked Turkey Legs

Even better than the ones at the Renaissance fair that you walk around gnawing off the bone. All it takes is a simple brine and a little patience.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 D, 4 H
  • 12
Two jars of pickled shrimp on a wooden cutting board.

Pickled Shrimp

A Southern classic, pickled shrimp are subtly flavored with herbs and spices in a nuanced way. So much so you’ll be wondering where these have been your entire life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 8 H, 40 M
  • 0
Two slabs of BBQ ribs on a piece of foil with a dish of sauce and a spoon nearby.

BBQ Ribs

An oven method for ribs that folks are calling “utter perfection” and “the easiest rib recipe I’ve ever made. And has the best flavor, too.” We think you’ll agree.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 8