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.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

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 square of polenta with layers of meat sauce on a plate with a fork, two glasses of wine

Polenta Cake with Meat Sauce

In this inspired Italian creation, traditional lasagna noodles are supplanted by polenta. Trust us, you’ll feel no guilt nor regret over forsaking custom.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 12
Mushroom Miso Soup

Miso Ginger Dressing

Miso ginger dressing is a creamy, easy, rich, healthy, lovely dressing for vegetables, salads, fish, chicken, or just about anything else you can think to smother with it.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Old-Fashioned Cocktail

This riff on the classic is slightly spicy and not too sweet and nothing if not pretty darn close to perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Homemade Larabars Recipe

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years, save for the fancy packaging and the crazy price tag.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 183
Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade buttermilk pancakes can be yours any day of the week thanks to a stash of this handy DIY pancake mix.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 4
Pickled Cherries Recipe

Pickled Cherries

An easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season that’s tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly addictive.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Apricot Tart Recipe

Apricot Tart

Sweet but not too sweet, this simple summer dessert is essentially the French take on fruit crumble. God, we love the French.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 13
Pina Colada Recipe

Pina Colada

This pina colada recipe is made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple, and couldn’t be easier. We also think it’s even better than the classic.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Cherry Pie Recipe

Cherry Pie

We’re not going to do a song and dance to try to entice you to bake this cherry pie. We don’t need to. Just look at it. A stunner, right? Here’s how to make it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 19
Blueberry Pie Recipe

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie. The mere mention of it sorta makes you wanna stop everything and sprint to the kitchen, doesn’t it? This pie is soooooooooo worth the interruption to your day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 2