Elie Nassar, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Elie Nassar has tested.

Elie Nassar

Elie (pronounced E-lee) takes any and every possible free moment to cook. When he’s not roasting, baking, and curing or smoking meat, he can be found reading and learning about food. He’s been an LC tester here for more than 10 years and really enjoys the science-y and analytical side of testing (weight measures and thermometers rule!). He was born and raised in Lebanon, so Lebanese food is definitely his favorite. (He makes a killer hummus. Let him know if you want his simple yet perfect recipe.) Elie moved to Texas for college in the mid ’90s and promptly developed a passion for real beef barbecue. He especially enjoys baking naturally leavened bread and pizza, making charcuterie and slowly smoking brisket over mesquite. Elie lives in the Houston, Texas, area with his wife and two hungry boys and works in the energy consulting sector to pay the grocery bills.

An oval pan filled with a whole roast chicken with sumac, surrounded by roasted carrots, garlic, lemon wedges; a bowl of yogurt, sumac, and olive oil nearby

Sumac Roast Chicken

A subtle tweak to an ordinary roast hen can make all the difference. Here a single Middle Eastern spice elevates an everyday roast hen to something special. Something very special.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
A pan lined with parchment paper containing sliced roasted beets, chunks of feta cheese, a dressing, and a spoon

Roasted Beets with Feta

Earthy beets. Salty cheese. There’s something stunning about the contrast between the two. Tasting is believing.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
A loaf of Jewish rye bread, cur in half, one half balancing on the other

Jewish Rye Bread

Who doesn’t love Jewish rye bread? The not-so-secret secret behind this recipe is the brilliant inclusion of onions and caraway seeds in the starter, resulting in a far more complex and nuanced taste.

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  • 50 M
  • 16 H
  • 0
Southern Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad

Because there weren’t enough tempting potato salads in the world, The South came up with its own rendition. And yes, it calls for Duke’s. And a whole lotta other tempting things.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

We’ve no idea where the saying “in a pickle” comes from, but we’d love to find ourselves in a jar of these subtly sweet specimens.

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  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 2
Two cups with scoops of chocolate hazelnut gelato, known as gelato di gianduia, with a spoon

Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato

We’re food folks, not number crunchers. But perhaps our most favorite equation ever? Chocolate + hazelnuts = gianduia.

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  • 35 M
  • 7 H
  • 2
Metal loaf pan filled with swirls of dark devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream on a marble slab

Devil’s Food Cake Chocolate Ice Cream

Sultry as a summer night. That’s what we thought when we experienced this seductively smooth, devilishly dark chocolate ice cream that’s almost naughtily intense.

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  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 0
Slices of fried green tomatoes on a sheet of brown paper, on the side is a creole remoulade

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes

These lovely little summer gems take their crisp coating from cornmeal. As memorable as the movie named after them.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Coconut Popsicles

Coconut Popsicles

We call these “stealthy healthy” cuz you certainly can’t tell by the taste that there’s anything nutritionally redeeming about them. (And that’s how we like our healthy food to taste!)

  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 14
A white bowl of roast peaches topped with an easy granola of oats and almonds, Greek yogurt underneath

Roast Peaches with Easy Granola

Five-spice powder does magnificent things to roast peaches. And a sprinkling of the quickest and most perfect granola we’ve ever made seals the deal.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A turkey cobb burger--a turkey hamburger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, bacon, blue cheese, and avocado

Cobb Turkey Burger

The classic Cobb salad is transformed into a burger. And oh, what a burger it is!

  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Two white plate of farro salad with radicchio and almonds, bowl of lemons, napkin

Farro Salad with Radicchio and Almonds

Eating healthy can get tiresome if you’re not careful. Fortunately you have this stunner of a summer salad to yank you out of your food rut.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream

So exquisite it’s making folks say “This recipe is a 10.” and “Perfect.” and “Gloriously smooth.” and “Very rich.” and “The looks on my family’s faces said it all. Translation goes something like, ‘Oh my god, what is this?!'”

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  • 30 M
  • 1 M
  • 12