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.

Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon

Cedar Plank–Grilled Salmon

Imagine, if you can, a technique that imbues salmon with a touch of smoke and ensures your pricey catch doesn’t stick to the grate. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Grilled Flank Steak With Chile Spice Rub

Grilled Flank Steak

If you can master this über basic recipe, you can grill a steak waaaaay better than any of your friends. Promise.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for just a short spell. Which means you don’t have to constantly tend a smoker from dawn to dusk.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 18
A basting brush with chipotle maple barbecue sauce

Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.

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  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Grilled Roasted Chicken

Grilled-Roasted Chicken

Crisp-skinned and sinfully succulent, a grilled whole chicken is the surprise way to go for summer entertaining. You’ll be the talk of your ‘hood.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 0
Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, I mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw known to man.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 8
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
  • 32
Haricots Verts with Frisee and Bacon

Haricots Verts with Frisée and Bacon

An inventive riff on plain old greens, this inspired salad juxtaposes a sassy sherry vinaigrette with crisp green beans, tender cipollini, and—mmmm—bacon. Our kinda salad.

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  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
White bowl of fresh peas and mint

Fresh Peas with Mint

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

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
White plate with two rolled manicotti on it

Manicotti

Sometimes simple is best. Like this manicotti made with a simple filling of ricotta and Parmesan. Tastes like someone’s nonna made it.

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 0
Cutting board with a sliced rack of spring lamb with rosemary, knife, bowl of salad

Spring Lamb with Rosemary

The perfect dish to usher in warm weather. Nothing but rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, and a tour of duty in the oven.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4