Helena Pereira, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Helena Pereira has tested.

A partially sliced bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a rimmed baking sheet with a knife beside it and bay leaves scattered around it.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Rustic in appearance, homey in taste, and easy in the way it comes together, this comfort food classic is exactly what you’ve been craving.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A white dinner plate filled with strapponi pasta with porcini mushrooms and mint.

Strapponi Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms

For those who think that preparing fresh pasta is difficult, start by trying this recipe. Actually, you may stop here as well given how many folks have deemed it “perfect.”

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A plate with five baguette slices, a knife, and white bowl filled with fresh cod brandade, garnished with parsley.

Fresh Cod Brandade

Fresh cod is poached in an herby milk-cream mixture and gently folded into mashed potatoes. It makes a perfect spread for garlic toasts.

  • (1)
  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A toasted classic tuna melt on a wooden board with a dish of ketchup next to it.

Classic Tuna Melt

Because yes, a properly constructed tuna melt is reason to get pretty darn excited. This exquisite specimen makes a pretty compelling argument.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
Several pieces of coffee coffee cake stacked on a wire rack, with a cup of coffee next to them.

Coffee Coffee Cake

Finally, a streusel-sprinkled coffee cake that lives up to its namesake ingredient thanks to an espresso-laced ribbon through its sour cream base.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
Part of a loaf of pain de mie on a round wooden cutting board.

Pain de Mie

Characterized by its distinctly rectangular shape and, in true French form, buttery taste, this classic loaf is traditionally made in a Pullman pan although any old loaf pan can work.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 50
A person holding a black bean burger filled with spinach, tomato, onion, and asparagus.

Black Bean Burger

Easy. Healthy. Spicy. Vegan. And satiating as heck. That’s what you get from this inspired collision of ingredients that come together in the form of a veggie burger.

  • (3)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 10
A paper bowl filled with potato salad with apples on a red and white coaster with a plastic fork beside it.

Potato Salad With Apples

This unique spud salad is full of pleasant surprises and is gonna upend your notion of how things—or at least potato salad—ought to be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 0
A bifana, a Portuguese pork sandwich on a white plate with a bottle of mustard in the background.

Bifanas ~ Portuguese Pork Sandwiches

In the pantheon of great Portuguese foods, there are few sandwiches that are more superlative than the bifana. Essentially pork, bread, and sauce, it’s comfort food at its simplest.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H
  • 8