John Velek, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes John Velek has tested.

Glass bowl with spicy tomato blue cheese soup on a tray with a hunk of cheese and a spoon

Spicy Tomato Blue Cheese Soup

This spicy tomato soup gets its heat from Thai Sriracha sauce and depth from blue cheese. San Marzano tomatoes are used, so the soup can be made anytime.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 25
Bowl with a soup of navy beans, ham hocks, onions, celery, and parsley on brown fabric

Senate Bean Soup

A winter classic made with navy beans, a ham hock, and a handful of pantry ingredients that somehow meld together into a sum that’s far, far superlative to its parts.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 6 H
  • 6
Thai Basil Pork

Thai Basil Pork

For Thai Basil pork, ground pork is cooked with garlic, shallots, Thai chiles, and sweet basil. Serve white rice alongside mounds of Thai basil pork.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
A white cake stand with four spirals of pumpernickel bread, salmon mousse, and smoked salmon

Salmon Mousse Pinwheels

Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
Pot of chile cheese fondue, a plate of chorizo, and tortillas

Southwest Chile Cheese Fondue

This Southwest chile cheese fondue is brimming with chile ingredients, cheese, and spices. This is a fondue with brio. Dip chorizo for a flavor blast.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Beef Braised in Barolo

Beef Braised in Barolo

Cold outside? Try slowly braising boneless beef chuck and pancetta in a heady mix of Barolo wine, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and rosemary.

  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 5 H, 10 M
  • 4