Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

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
  • 4
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
  • 55
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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
A bowl of roasted curried cauliflower mixed with onions and topped with cilantro

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A white plate of zucchini linguine--with pasta, zucchini, garlic, capers, mint, dill, and cheese with a fork

Zucchini Linguine

This zucchini linguine is a panoply of summer abundance with summer squash and herbs crowding out the usual pasta sauce suspects. No complaints here.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A slice of a creamy onion tart, with a flaky crust and tossed mixed salad on a white plate

Creamy Onion Tart

This tart wooed and wowed us with its sophistication, simplicity, and sturdiness. And unlike that other round eggy thing in a crust, this certainly won’t call into question anyone’s manhood.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

Folks are calling this recipe “wonderful” and “amazingly tender” and “perfectly balanced” and “restaurant quality.” Sorta enticing, yes?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4