Pat Francis, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Pat Francis has tested.

A cast-iron pan filled with skillet steak peperonata and two slices of toasted baguette.

Skillet Steak Peperonata

Wanna know how to stretch a single steak into supper for four without seeming skimpy? Your answer awaits.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
A whole peanut butter pie in a white pie dish, topped with whipped cream and peanuts.

Peanut Butter Pie

We can’t help falling in love with the sweet, smoky, salty, nutty flavors of Elvis’s favorite sandwich—peanut butter, bacon, and banana—in a gooey, messy pie.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 4
A white serving bowls filled with smashed potatoes and garnished with thyme sprigs on a wooden board.

Smashed Potatoes

Before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Do I need another mashed potato recipe?” we suggest you try these simple, sinful, pleasingly chunky smashed spuds. The answer, you’ll find, is yes.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
Four veal cutlets in a white wine lemon sauce with lemon slices and capers in a skillet for veal piccata.

Veal Piccata

“Everyone loved it, including the kiddos.” “Quick and easy.” “Perfect.” “As good as any restaurant piccata I’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • (9)
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 20
A platter of Mexican spaghetti, topped with crumbled cheese with a torn piece of bread and white sauce on the side.

Mexican Spaghetti ~ Sopa Seca de Fideo

This Mexican spaghetti, or sopa seca de fideo, is mindblowingly seductive and authentic as heck. Translated literally, it means “dry soup with noodles,” and it’s soooo much better than it sounds.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2
A light-blue gravy boat filled with svelte green goddess dip

Svelte Green Goddess Dip

This evocatively named dip isn’t the same as the one of yore. It’s got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 7
A black bowl filled with tuna salad with white beans, red onion, and parsley on a wooden table.

Tuna Salad With White Beans

Crisp onion and creamy white beans turn tuna into a light dinner, courtesy of the always impressive Stanley Tucci.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Black Velvet

Black Velvet Cocktail

There’s a reason this effervescent mingling of stout and Champagne contains the word “velvet.” It’s sooooo smooth and subtly sophisticated. Sip for yourself.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8