Jack V., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jack V. has tested.

Pieces of sheet pan roast chicken with za'atar with onion wedges, halved garlic heads, and lemon slices.

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken with Za’atar

The beguiling taste and aroma of za’atar lends intrigue to this anything-but-ordinary sheet pan chicken supper. (Did we mention how simple it is?!)

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2
A person squeezing lime juice over an open pulled pork taco.

Pulled Pork Tacos

Cultures collide in these pulled pork tacos from Nik Sharma that draw on tradition—by way of both Mexican techniques and Indian ingredients.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 D, 3 H
  • 3
A person lifting the lid off a pot filled with chicken and dumplings.

Chicken and Dumplings

Our recipe testers are likening this chicken and dumplings to sleeping in sheets that are still warm from the dryer. It’s that comforting.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 4
Roasted potatoes with dill on a baking sheet.

Roasted Potatoes with Dill

A handful of cheap ingredients. The exact perfect temperature and timing. And a little patience, please, while spuds are elevated from simple to stellar.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 0
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
A tray of unbaked bbq meatballs with a set of measuring spoons beside it and a bowl of barbecue sauce in the background.

BBQ Meatballs

Meatballs take a bath in homemade BBQ sauce that boasts an incredible sweet heat and a complexity that you’d never believe happens with so little effort.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
Four roast chicken thighs with lemon in a cast-iron skillet set on a wooden board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Roast Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender, juicy meat. And pan juices you’re gonna wanna sop up or soak up rather than let a drop go to waste.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A blue and white platter filled with couscous salad with fennel and almonds with a torn baguette and a couple of glasses of white wine beside it.

Couscous Salad with Fennel and Almonds

You could, of course, serve couscous plain. But why?! Makes little sense when you can quickly and easily toss in almonds and lemon and tuna and shaved fennel and literally be astounded.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A round glass baking dish filled with peach nectarine cobbler and a spoon on the side.

Peach Nectarine Cobbler

Sorta rustic, sorta refined, sorta irresistible. That’s what we’re hearing about this nuanced cobbler with its cakey biscuits and subtly cinnamon-inflected fruit filling.

  • (1)
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2
A cast-iron skillet filled with eggplant shakshuka made with poached eggs in a tomato and eggplant sauce, with feta scattered over the top.

Eggplant Shakshuka

The sultry, smoky flavor of ras el hanout permeates this simple supper of eggs in tomato sauce, which takes on more sustenance than usual thanks to late-summer eggplant.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 0