Erin Bloys, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Erin Bloys has tested.

Erin Bloys

Erin comes from a long line and a large family of excellent Southern cooks. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Warren, New Jersey. She currently lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with her non-food loving husband (he eats merely to survive), her three daughters, two food-obsessed Labrador retrievers, and two vocal sister cats.

After finishing an undergraduate degree in psychology, she followed her passion and attended Le Cordon Bleu in London. Upon returning to the U.S., she began working as a caterer, a career that brought her great joy for 25 years until the pandemic closed her company in 2020.

She has developed recipes and created content for Eat This Not That magazine and its accompanying cookbooks. Now, she finds joy in tending her garden, cooking for family, entertaining at home, and foisting her weekly sourdough bakes upon her friends… because she can’t trust herself to have them in the house without eating entire loaves!

She’s been testing recipes for Leite’s Culinaria for several years and loves finding gems amongst each new batch of recipes. She believes that recipe testing requires a level of discipline in cooking that she’d otherwise forgo; she is a constant recipe tinkerer in everyday life. The rigor of testing for LC has been challenging and fulfilling, and she loves that it often leads her outside of her comfort zone and on to new discoveries.

A bowl of shredded beef from an Instant Pot chuck roast with a silver spoon resting in the bowl.

Instant Pot Chuck Roast

Tender, flavorsome, and moreish chuck roast that’s ready in half the time. Tuck it into tacos, pile it on top of rice, devour it anyway you please.

An Indian spiced chicken burger, with chutney and red onions on top and a bowl of chutney on the side.

Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers

Think chicken burgers are boring? These juicy ground chicken burgers, which are filled with spices, tomatoes, onions, and chiles, will prove you wrong.

Several plates with slices of pistachio-lime polenta cake topped with confectioners' sugar and chopped pistachios

Pistachio-Lime Polenta Cake

This lime-infused polenta cake boasts a light texture and rich, buttery flavor. It’s perfect for teatime or dessert, but we won’t judge if you sneak a slice for breakfast.

A bowl of Ukrainian chicken dumpling soup with shredded chicken, dill, scallions, and carrots and a spoon on the side

Ukrainian Chicken Dumpling Soup ~ Galushki

Whether you’re under the weather, or it’s cold and drizzly outside, or you simply want to show your support and offer a prayer of hope for the Ukrainian people, make this soup. You won’t regret it.

A banana coconut rum bundt cake on a metal try with a slice cut from in on a plate nearby.

Banana Coconut Rum Bundt Cake

Take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation with this light and airy banana and coconut cake that’s topped with a rum glaze.

A white platter with beef Bourguignon, filled with beef, carrots, and mushrooms

Jamie Oliver’s Beef Bourguignon

This hearty meal gets its flavor from an overnight soak in red wine, a slow braise until tender, and the addition of plenty of mushrooms and bacon.

Vanilla bean sables in a lined basket

Vanilla Bean Sablés

These vanilla bean sables are everything you want in a cookie: tender, buttery crumb and the sweet seduction of vanilla.

2 hot turkey sandwiches, sliced in half on a tray with pieces of cranberry, avocado, and stuffing lying beside them.

Hot Turkey Sandwich

So crazily satisfying you may just find yourself making Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year.

Hot artichoke dip in a white pottery bowl with a serving spoon, beside a bowl of toasted bread.

Hot Artichoke Dip

This is one of those ubiquitous party dips that tastes so much better when you make it yourself. And who knew it was so easy? You’ll never buy artichoke dip again!

Crispy chicken with lemon and capers in a large serving tray, with a bowl of capers and a bowl of peppercorns. The chicken is garnished with lemon slices and parsley.

Crispy Chicken with Lemon and Capers

Tangy lemon is always a perfect partner for chicken thighs, especially when they have that delectable crispy skin. And it’s ready in 45 minutes. Alright!

Schug in a pottery bowl, on a wooden plate with a spoon and garnished with cilantro.

Schug

A brightly herbal, spicy, garlicky condiment that brings spice to anything you might want to dip in it. Seriously, it goes on nearly everything.

An enamel pot filled with Portuguese bean soup with a hint of bread roll and a spoon.

Portuguese Bean Soup

A leisurely way to make a super comforting and filling soup that makes rainy days more bearable. And the leftovers are even better.

Three gluten-free apple pie muffins on a wooden chopping blocking with parchment paper and white bowls in the background.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Muffins

Tasty and tender gluten-free muffins can be hard to master but these little beauties are simple and bake up with a light crumb and a topping that will knock your socks off.

A ceramic bowl of butter chicken garnished with cilantro, beside a bowl of rice, and a plate of naan bread.

Butter Chicken

Often overlooked at Indian restaurants, butter chicken really can be a truly captivating dish. Give this version a try and see what you think.