Pat Francis, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Pat Francis has tested.

A hand using a wooden spoon to lift a scoop of macaroni and cheese with zucchini out of a cast iron pot.

Macaroni and Cheese with Zucchini

We swear no one will notice flecks of suspiciously healthy green once they’re cramming their faces with this indulgently creamy stovetop classic smothered with crisp, buttery bread crumbs.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A cast-iron skillet with four cooked chicken apple sausages inside.

Chicken Apple Sausage

Seriously, it’s so easy to make your own sausage. Insanely easy. And holy heck, does it taste phenomenal. No meat grinder required.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 17
A green plate topped with a grilled Thai beef salad made with lettuce, beef, shallots, and cilantro.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Spicy. Sweet. Tangy. Irresistible. Even healthful. Just what we want in something that’s hot off the grill and destined for dinner.

  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
A small bowl of lemon wedges and two white bowls of deep purple summer borscht with a dollop or sour cream and sprinkling of chives in each.

Summer Borscht

An easy and elegant version of the traditional Russian winter soup that’s refreshing (and healthy) as heck.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6
A stack of johnnycakes on a white plate topped syrup and butter.

Johnnycakes

Make no mistake, pancakes they are not. Johnnycakes are lighter and crunchier and grittier and arguably best drenched in butter and maple syrup.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
An oval platter topped with a tangle of spaghetti and raw tomatoes with a fork and spoon resting in the pasta.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 33
A black skillet filled with summer tomato pasta, sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese.

Summer Tomato Pasta

Summer simplicity that’s gonna earn a place in your weekly rotation.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A grey plate topped with steak and quinoa salad with shaved carrots and mustard vinaigrette.

Steak and Quinoa Salad

An exceptionally easy and ridiculously satisfying use for that leftover grilled steak from your backyard barbecue.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A blue ceramic bowl filled with classic coleslaw.

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, we mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw we’ve ever had.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
A stack of grilled beer braised bratwurst covered in sauerkraut.

Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

We can almost see the smoke from these brats on the grill shape-shifting into a come-hither motion like in those old-time cartoons.

  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 8
Three fresh figs with ricotta and honey and dipped in pistachios on a white plate

Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Honey

Fresh figs alone, while stunning if savored by you alone in the kitchen, isn’t exactly what you want to serve guests. Here’s what you do want to offer them.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 14
A cast-iron skilled filled with choriqueso, a cheese dip topped with queso

Choriqueso

Choriqueso = chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage) + queso (Spanish for cheese) melted into a puddle in a skillet. Perfect for dipping.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 10
Nine deviled egg halves and a teaspoon on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

Made with the requisite mustard and mayonnaise for classic deviled egg traditionalists. And bacon drippings and Sriracha for the rebels in the rest of us.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6