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 wire basket lined with a napkin and filled with bacon Cheddar biscuits.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

These Southern-style biscuits are just the thing for almost any occasion. Go on, we dare you. Try to think of a time you wouldn’t want them. (See what we mean?!)

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
An earthenware bowl with an open lasagna of mushrooms, pine nuts, and thyme in it and a fork resting in the bowl and a glass of white wine in the background.

Open Mushroom Lasagna

Elegance was never achieved with such ease. Simply stack cooked lasagna noodles with sautéed ‘shrooms and smother with a luxurious cream sauce. Everyday extravagance.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 16
A close up of a white bowl filled with New England bouillabaisse for one.

New England Bouillabaisse for One

Sometimes you want a lovely little pot of seafood all to yourself. This clever take on a French classic takes no more than 30 minutes and is designed for exactly those times.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
A white plate with a piece of pan-seared Moroccan salmon on a bed of orange slices, red onion, and greens with three black olives on the side.

Pan-Seared Moroccan Salmon

These sexy salmon fillets have got “come hither” appeal in spades thanks to a citrusy lilt and a beguiling blend of spices.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 17
A layer of parmesan twists on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Parmesan Twists

There’s lots to love about these crowd-pleasing twists. How they look. How they taste. How they come together with ease. (Need we go on…?)

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A whole deep-fried turkey, garnished with sage, bay, and thyme leaves on a wooden cutting board.

Deep-Fried Turkey

Crisp, burnished skin and moist, impossibly tender meat can be yours. (Yes, deep-fried turkey IS everything it’s bragged up to be.)

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 7
A tall glass filled with dark and stormy cocktail with ginger beer being poured in.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

It was a dark and stormy night…oops. We mean, this stiff yet slightly sweet cocktail is certain to thunder through your evening.

  • (4)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 19
A wedge of tomato pie on a white plate with a fork in the background.

Tomato Pie

Dead-ripe tomatoes, herbs, Cheddar cheese, and mayo in a flaky pastry crust. Sorta like a tomato sandwich but in a savory warm pie incarnation. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 8