Jessie Hagan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessie Hagan has tested.

Jessie has been a proud Leite’s Culinaria Recipe Tester since July 2019. After earning a Business Degree in 2004 and then working in Hospitality IT for over 10 years, she pivoted to fully immerse herself in the culinary world. She worked for multiple clients testing and developing recipes. To amp up her culinary street cred, she enrolled in culinary school to pursue a degree in the Culinary Arts. Jessie currently works as a culinary copywriter and recipe developer and dabbles in food photography when she cooks something especially pretty. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her favorite guinea pigs . . . husband, Chris, and daughters Delaney and Eliza.

A pot of stovetop mac and cheese on a wooden board with a rubber spatula resting inside.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, and no processed ingredients like in the boxed stuff? Yes please. America’s Test Kitchen’s mac and cheese delivers all of that.

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  • 0
Six lemon and garlic chicken kebabs piled on an oval platter.

Lemon and Garlic Chicken Kebabs

Sorta astounding just how balanced the flavors are in these quick and easy skewers that take just a handful of everyday ingredients.

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A patterned bowl filled with lemony fettuccine alfredo on a white and gold plate with a glass of water and dish of Parmesan on the side.

Lemony Fettuccine Alfredo

This is as indulgent as a quick weeknight pasta dish you toss together can get with its indulgently creamy and rich (though not too rich) sauce punctuated with the lilt of lemon.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 4
A potato galette in a cast-iron skillet with one wedge missing.

Potato Galette

Just potatoes, butter, and salt. That’s all you need to create this crisp-on-the-outside, meltingly-lush-on-the-inside French classic that’s loveliness defined.

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Hoisin-glazed duck shanks on a wire rack and one on a plate with a jar of honey beside it.

Hoisin-Glazed Duck Shanks

Our testers are smitten with these hoisin-glazed duck shanks—yes, duck shanks—that are gonna astonish you at just how sophisticated they taste yet how simple they are to make.

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  • 2 H
  • 1 D, 4 H
  • 0
A green plate topped with a few garlicky chicken wings, a bowl of salt, and a lemon wedge.

Garlicky Chicken Wings With Sumac

An enticing example of just how exquisite Middle Eastern food is. And, for the uninitiated, it’s the perfect vehicle for trying sumac, a tangy red spice that flaunts a tartness much like lemon.

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  • 10 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A person lifting the lid off a pot filled with chicken and dumplings.

Classic 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
Six sections of cauliflower and kimchi sandwiches cut to show the filling.

Cauliflower and Kimchi Sandwiches

Grown-up grilled cheese to the nth degree. That’s our impression of this really rather regal approach to downing your vegetables.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2