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Community Picks -- Pub Food

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It's that time again -- help us pick the contest finalists for Your Best Pub Food! This time, though, we’re rolling out a fancy new upgrade to our testing system. 

The game is the mostly same: any Food52 member is welcome to help us test our Community Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test that is included in the list below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix -- remember, we're accepting up to 3 testers per recipe. And, if the recipe is worthy of a Community Pick, we'll publish the best headnote, so make your comments count! Don't forget to email us your headnote (no more than 100 words) to [email protected] by next Wednesday at 5pm (EST)

Once you’ve figured out which recipes are calling your name, all you have to do in order to sign up is follow the link below to that recipe’s page, and on the left-hand side, you’ll see a “Test This Recipe” button. Your job is easy: just click the button, and you’ll receive a confirmation email that officially crowns you a Food52 community tester. If for some reason you decide you cannot test, simply press the button again, and your name will be removed from the list. 

We'll collect your comments, name the finalists and official Community Picks and publish the best headnote for each Community Pick (with credit, of course!). If the recipe you test isn't chosen as a Community Pick, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged.

Happy Testing! 


Community-Tested Pick Candidates


Tags: community picks, pub food, calling dibs

The testing period for this contest has closed.

"Line Caught" Sweet Potato Waffle Cut
Cheese Croquets Fried in Tempura Batter
Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs
Collards and Cheese Pasties
Crispy Pork Belly Sandwich with Fennel Apple Slaw
Duck Fat French Fries with a Trio of Aiolis
French Onion Roast Beef Sandwiches
IPA-Battered Fish and Chips
John’s Red Wine and Roasted Garlic Beef Stew Pies
Lamb Sliders with Feta Cheese, Red Onions, and Cumin Mayonnaise
Loaded Welsh Rarebit
Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck
Onion Pakoras (Fritters)
Oven-baked Scotch eggs
Ploughman's Quiche
Potato Mash with Leek Confit and Bacon
Roasted Slap Fries with Srirachannaise
Scotch Eggs
Spicy Swiss Chard and Feta Cheese Pie in Yogurt Pastry Dough
The WHB Special
Toad in the Hole.

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Comments (20)


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

Does the testing window close at some point? I wanted to give some of the others a shot and there is no "test this recipe" button available anymore.


almost 3 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

hi, i think comments were due by 5p today? so maybe they remove the testing buttons at that point?


almost 3 years ago Panfusine

In the Old way, we'd be vying & tripping over each other with one another to test recipes.. It seems that a lot of the recipes are unclaimed...Having said that..I'd love to have tested a recipe If I weren't so sick with a sense of smell & taste is totally outta commission.


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

Panfusine - I noticed that too and I was shocked that some of the recipes weren't claimed - they look wonderful! I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that this link is only on the home page ( rather than in its usual location on the contests page? the CP results of the mayo contest are in that location.

almost 3 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

We think they look wonderful too! In all reality, the number of unclaimed recipes isn't that far off from what we've had in the past -- but we're thinking it could have something to do with the hot, August weather...In any event, we always try to step in and test all of the unclaimed ones so that all of our testing bases are covered. As always, though, we welcome your feedback -- after all, you are the ones who use this system the most!


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

It certainly does seem like lots of people are on vacation - like me next week! thanks for the info Kenzi - its good to know people are as excited as ever.


almost 3 years ago Shri

Can't wait to test the recipe!! Congratulations CP Nominees and Thanks a ton for the CP nom!!


almost 3 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

I love this new system. Can't test for this one, but I'm going to make it a priority in the future.


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congrats to all the CP noms, I cannot test this time, all sound amazing! Love the test recipe button and that we know which recipes do not have testers. Next contest, definitely.


almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats to all the CP candidates. Thanks for the CP nom...even if no one tests mine, it was an honor to be included! (in the horse world...its akin to making the "short list" of being considered for the Olympic team! You may not get to wear the red coat, but you appreciate the honor of being considered!). Can't wait to try testing again! I've been away too long!


almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Editors, how long should we wait before signing up to test a second one? I've signed up for one, and can test more than one, if that's okay. Thanks so much. ;o)


almost 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

That's kind of you to want to give other people a chance, but since we're heading into the weekend, I'd say anyone is welcome to grab a second (or even third!) recipe.


almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Congrats to all the CP nominees! Yes...I picked one!!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Congratulations to all CP nominees’! Big thanks to the editors for choosing my recipes! Unfortunately I can not test any of the recipes, which look and sounds great; we all are in Chicago for a Birthday party and family reunion and will be back Tuesday evening. Good luck to all!


almost 3 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

yum, yum! congrats to everyone, and many thanks for the CP nom!


almost 3 years ago Tarragon

I love the new addition of how many testers have signed up! I can't test this week, but I think the new feature will be very helpful.


almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What a great line-up! I wish I could test this week but alas - my cooking time is being taken up by a pesky 50th birthday party

next time I can push a button though


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

I don't see the "test this recipe" button - something missing or is it just my computer?


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

Nevermind - I didn't read the directions fully :) I really like that the test button is on the recipe itself!

almost 3 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Isn't it great? Sorry for the confusion at first -- it'll take some getting used to, but we're big fans!