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 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.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
A rectangular casserole dish filled with spicy tomato crumble, and a spoon resting in it.

Spicy Tomato Crumble

This spicy tomato crumble isn’t your run-of-the-mill crumble with its savory tomato filling and gently spiced crumble topping. And leftovers reheat beautifully.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A lobster roll on a toasted split bun, stuffed with lobster in a creamy mayo and lemon dressing with some potato chips on the side.

Lobster Roll

A toasted bun cradling sweet-as-can-be lobster swaddled in mayo. Just like what you’ll find along the winding highways and byways of coastal Maine.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 17
Three bottles of store bought Sriracha sauce.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

The traditional and incendiary Thai condiment has incited quite the following. Here’s how to save yourself a trip to your local Asian market.

  • 5 M
  • 7 D
  • 56
An oval platter topped with a tangle of spaghetti and raw tomatoes with a fork and spoon resting in the pasta.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 33
A basket containing two Baja-style tempura fish tacos and some pickled vegetables, with a bottle of Pacifico on the side.

Baja-Style Tempura Fish Tacos

Relax with these crunchy-tender fish tacos filled with a kicky cabbage slaw and sweet-tart mango-banana salsa. Think flip-flops and a beer—all year long.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A blue ceramic bowl filled with classic coleslaw.

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, we mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw we’ve ever had.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
A wine glass filled with frozen Long Island iced tea, garnished with an orange slice on an umbrella.

Frozen Long Island Iced Tea

Blender drinks don’t get much boozier than this rendition of that raid-the-liquor-cabinet classic. Umbrella optional.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
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.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
Best New York Deli Potato Salad

Best Potato Salad

Best potato salad ever. That’s what folks are saying about this easy and, dare we say, elegant spud salad.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 34
A tandoori chicken wrap with lettuce, chicken, in a flour tortilla

Tandoori Chicken Wraps

Inspired by classic tandoori chicken, these wraps meld warming spices with a cooling mint-yogurt dip for an altogether enticing Middle Eastern-inspired creation.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 9
Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 24