Sandy Owen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sandy Owen has tested.

A woman whisking a roasting pan of classic turkey gravy

Classic Turkey Gravy

Everyone needs a classic, foolproof, go-to classic turkey gravy recipe. This is it. And all it takes is pan juices or drippings from your turkey, stock, butter, and flour. And a lot less time and effort than you’d imagine.

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  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Apple Cider Caramels

Apple Cider Caramels

The 8th wonder of the world? These insanely satiating caramels made simply with apple cider, sugar, and spice.

  • 25 M
  • 4 H
  • 2
Seven grilled chicken skewers with red onion, coconut milk, and cilantro on a wooden board

Grilled Chicken Skewers

Magnificently easy to marinate. Quick to toss on the grill. And distinctly Thai thanks to the lilt of coconut milk, fish sauce, cilantro, and curry.

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A sheet pan with flattened, crispy potatoes

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight from the baking sheet.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
A slice of brownie tar heel pie on a white plate topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Tar Heel Pie | Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich and gooey chocolate brownie pie is crazy easy to make—and just as easy to make disappear.

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  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 12
A white bowl filled with chicken and sausage gumbo with a side of white rice

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
A large bowl filled with fried arancini balls and a small bowl of red pepper sauce on the side

Paella Arancini

Paella arancini. It’s a savvy and sassy little appetizer that’s based on an Italian classic but tastes contemporary as heck.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 0
Two wrapped tamales on top of an open corn husk

Red Chile Pork Tamales

These red chile pork tamales are the real authentic Mexican deal. They taste like they were carefully crafted by the loveliest abuela imaginable. Here’s how to make them.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8 H, 30 M
  • 6
Baked Mac and Cheese With Bread Crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese with Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence, in particular, this baked macaroni and cheese recipe, which is one of the best we’ve ever had.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 8
Black Bean Taquitos

Black Bean Taquitos

So lovely you’re not even going to notice that they’re vegetarian. But your guests will appreciate that fact. And you’ll appreciate the taste.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 5
Sriracha Mayonnaise

Sriracha Mayonnaise

This Sriracha mayonnaise recipe is a simple dipping sauce, sandwich spread, and all around awesome use for mayo.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6