Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

Two metal loaf pans filled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a masher resting in between them.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Not your everyday mashed potatoes, these are ridiculously rich and comforting thanks to butter, sour cream, Parmesan, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions. Leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A decorative plate with two slices of roast pork and three bunches of pickled grapes.

Pickled Grapes

One taste of these sweetly sour lovelies and we assure you, you’ll be convinced that yes, your fall table does, indeed, need pickled grapes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A fig and prosciutto flatbread on a sheet of parchment with a chunk torn out of it.

Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

An inspired melding of sweet figs, salt cured ham, and savory, tangy goat cheese atop crisp flat bread or pizza dough. We can think of nothing else we’d like more with a glass of wine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
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
  • 9
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
  • 12
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 glass of cold brew coffee with a French press and jar of cream in the background.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

The perfect cold brew coffee relies on exactly the right ratio of coffee grounds to water. And just a little patience. We can help you with the former.

  • 10 M
  • 1 D
  • 17
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