Dena Eran, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Dena Eran has tested.

A rectangular plate with six Chinese chicken lettuce wraps and a bowl of extra filling beside it.

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken, water chestnuts, and scallions take a bath in ginger and soy sauce before being wrapped with butter lettuce leaves. Did we mention on the table in 20 minutes?

  • (4)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 10
A red bowl filled with triangle-shaped bacon buttermilk scones.

Bacon Buttermilk Scones

Made with bacon and onion and buttermilk, these savory scones are traditionally served with soup, though when you let go of expectations, you’ll find they make a swell breakfast, too.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
A white bowl of French onion soup, topped with a crouton and some melted cheese

French Onion Soup

A slightly heretical take on a French classic, this riff involves onion soup, bread, and cheese, but not quite like you’ve experienced it before.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H
  • 8
Ladyfingers Chocolate Mousse Cake

Ladyfingers Mousse Cake

Layers of delicate ladyfingers alternate with espresso-and-liqueur laced chocolate mousse. Drizzled over scoops of the cake is a lovely vanilla custard cream.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2
A bowl of dry-roasted chile peanuts.

Chile Peanuts

Forget plain old peanuts. This titillating take on spiced nuts adds paprika and chili powder without subtracting anything from their beer friendly quotient.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 35 M
  • 6
Three cookies--two balls, one oblong--with circular and perforations decorations on top on a wire rack

Traveler’s Date Cookies

Popular in Lebanon and Syria, these sweets are rich semolina cookies shaped around a date paste perfumed with orange-flower water and rose water. Delicate.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 4