Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

Patty Melt

Classic Patty Melt

A properly made patty melt is truly a magnificent thing. It’s essentially a melding of grilled cheese sandwich and burger with some sautéed onions slipped in for good measure.

  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 7
A jar of pumpkin spice syrup with a spoon resting on top and two spoons beside the jar.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Oh, the places you’ll go with this sweetly spicy pumpkin syrup. So long, Starbucks. DIY pumpkin spice latte, here we come!

  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
A hot dog in a white bun with a squiggle of mustard on a wooden board.

The Best Hot Dog

Grilling. Boiling. Microwaving. Roasting. Campfiring. We’ve got the best ways to cook wieners right here, folks.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 20
Pieces of grilled chicken with balsamic vinaigrette cooking on a grill, being turned with a pair of tongs.

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

Folks are calling this grilled chicken thighs with arugula salad “wonderful” and “perfectly balanced” and “restaurant quality.” Sorta enticing, yes?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4
A fully loaded bacon Manchego cheese burger on a sesame bun.

Bacon Manchego Cheese Burger

We’re bringing back fusion cuisine in style with this unabashedly American burger and its Spanish-inspired accoutrements.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 6
Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Need to bring something to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home? This blueberry crumble with a crumbly oatmeal cookie topping is your answer.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 59
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
Two Mason jars filled with pickled eggs in beat brine

Pickled Eggs

If you’re a pickled eggs virgin, you’re in for something quite special—and not just because these little lovelies are so spectacularly pretty in pink.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 23
A rimmed baking sheet with stuffed broiled mussels and a bowl of filling on the side

Stuffed Broiled Mussels

Elegant. Easy. Inexpensive. Just three of the many reasons you’re going to want to make this little keeper of a recipe over and over and over again.

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  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Four vials of natural food coloring--red, purple, yellow, and green

How To Make Natural Food Coloring

At last, after literally years of searching, we have the perfect DIY natural food coloring recipe. No preservatives. No artificial coloring. No monumental price tag.

Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 24
Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon

There are countless versions of this classic. We’re partial to this recipe which gilds the potatoes and cabbage with kale and bacon and beer.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 2